Wednesday, March 14, 2012

BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese



                     How do I describe to you, how scrumptious this mac and cheese is?
            I'm not even sure if there is a good enough word. I have an idea...how about you
       make this and let me know what your word is for it. Deal? All I do know, is that there
             is something pretty magical when you combine BBQ chicken and mac and cheese
                   together. Let this be your Sunday Dinner. Your spouse will thank you.

                                                             BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese

           3 chicken breasts ( cut into chunks )
           1/2 bottle of Jack Daniels BBQ sauce
           1/2 of a red onion
           3 tablespoons of butter
           1/3 cup all purpose flour
           salt, pepper and garlic powder
           4 cups of whole milk
           1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
           1/2 teaspoon salt
           dash of nutmeg
           1 box pasta shells
           2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
           2 cups monterey jack cheese
           1 teaspoon dijon mustard
           1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

        1) Cook onion in skillet with olive oil until tender...set side. In the same skillet, put
        chicken and BBQ sauce in pan and cook until done. Set aside.
        2) In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and 1/2 teaspoon
        of salt. Stirring frequently, until mixture is pale and golden. Cook about 2 minutes.
        3) Whisking constantly, pour in 2 cups of milk, add 2 more cups milk and cayenne.
        and whisk until smooth. Cook mixture and stirring constantly along bottom of the
        pan until boiling 6 to 7 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Simmer gently stirring
        occasionally, until sauce thickens. About 8 to 10 min.
        4) Meanwhile, In a large pot of boiling water. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain
        and return pasta to it's pot.
        5 ) Remove milk mixture from stove and quickly stir in cheeses, salt, pepper, garlic
        powder, dash of nutmeg, worcestershire and mustard.
        6) Mix cheese sauce into pasta and top with chicken and onions.

              Note...you can mix in the chicken and onions into the mac and cheese directly
                            but I like to put on top for a pretty presentation. Enjoy.


                                       Are you on Pinterest? Come join me. ValSoCal

62 comments:

  1. Thank you now, why wait until Sunday!

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  2. YoWZA Val, this would be a big hit in out home! I am pinning it now so I do not forget it.

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  3. Oh.my.goodness. I wish someone would serve this to me tonight!! That looks sinfully delicious, Val!

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  4. Ohmygeeeez! That looks so yummy! and I love that you used Jack Daniels BBQ sauce. yesss :)

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  5. It's a deal! I'm making this the week I get home from vacation!

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  6. love bbq. love mac and cheese. and you put them together. you are awesome val making this soon of course

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  7. YUM! Talk about the ultimate comfort food!

    Hugs!!

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  8. mmm jack cheese, bbq chicken, macaroni.... this is perfect!

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  9. oh my gosh. my dinner doesn't look so good anymore! I need this! haha.

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  10. Mmm that sounds num with the JD bbq sauce!

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  11. YUM! I am such a huge bbq sauce fan. You can't go wrong with bbq chicken in my book

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  12. Oh my! Val - this looks sooo good! Every post you make me hungry!

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  13. Oh Yum! I love the JD barbecue sauce, and this looks amazing! I love how you made them in individual ramekins, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I am trying this! I don't like to cook but somehow your recipes inspire me like no other food blog or cookbook. Thank you! ~ Rhoda

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  15. How awesomely unique!! I. NEED. TO. TRY. THIS! Love the caramelized onions! This is genius!

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  16. That looks amazing! Too bad my spouse won't eat chicken. I may just have to make this for myself tho.

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  17. Oh my! Oh my! Two of my favorite foods combined, BBQ and Man and Cheese! Doesn't get much better. Can't wait to make this!

    Heather

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  18. I'm just finishing work and wish I could have one of those right now! Looks wonderful. Your styling looks great, too!

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  19. yum! my chicklet would love this!

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  20. BBQ chicken sounds like the perfect topping to a great macaroni and cheese. Looks so good!

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  21. SO yummy! Landyn would DIE! Mac and cheese is her fav!

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  22. WHAT?!!!!! My husband would rub my back forever if I made this for him. OH YUM!

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  23. Looking at these photos, I can ALMOST taste it! I wish!

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  24. You really know how to make everything look tasty!
    I love that blue fabric!

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  25. My mom would make homemade macaroni and cheese growing up, it was so good baked to perfection and golden brown on the top. It's an old family recipe passed down from her grandmother.

    This is different though, and unique. I love it. Yes, I love it and I haven't even tried it. I can say that about anything you post because of the way you make it look!

    Take care,

    Shauna

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  26. My husband will think he has died and gone to heaven! I am making this one Val! Gonna go find you now on Pinterest!

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  27. This looks so good and I love your photos. Just came across your blog, it's so cute.

    Stay in the Lines

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  28. Oh my... gosh. This looks amazing! I've been on a BBQ chicken kick lately and this looks perfect to satisfy it :)

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  29. and when i think macaroni and cheese can't get any better....wow!

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  30. Oh boy, Val. You have got to be kidding me with this one. These are my two favorite foods in one dish! What a mouthwatering idea for mac & cheese! LOVE this.

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  31. Yum! M and I made mac and cheese for dinner last night with LOTS of bacon. I can't wait to go home and eat leftovers tonight :) Happy Thursday, Val!

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  32. I am seriously drooling over this one! Looks so pretty and I can just tell it would be amazing!

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  33. this looks absolutely divine + your presentation is lovely. i would've mixed everything together + not thought to photograph it this way - it looks so much lovelier your way!

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  34. mmmm.....

    amazing-zing-zing!!

    gonna have to try this one for the hubby - he loves BBQ and he loves MAC AND CHEESE....

    excellent combo!

    happy thursday dollface!

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  35. That looks absolutely delicious. And to think I was going to order pizza for dinner.

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Have a blessed day.
    karianne

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  36. Oh my, now that looks G O O D!! You are such a great photographer, too! Have a great St. Patties Day weekend! xo ~Liz

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  37. Holy Mac! I've never tried the Jack Daniels bbq sauce but it sounds great. This is perfect for a March Madness meal :)

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  38. once again, another idea i never thought of. delish!

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  39. OH. My. Gosh..... I am making this ASAP!! Oh how I love you!!

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  40. I have a love hate relationship with your food! hahaha this looks so good! Great post!

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  41. I have very little words to describe this BEAUTIFUL dish! My husband would be the happiest man if I made this for him- he is a HUGE mac and cheese fan! Have a lovely weekend x

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  42. Gourmet Mac and cheese = YUM!!! I've never thought to do it homemade. That looks delicious- another great recipe Val!

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  43. Wow, that is some seriously delicious looking mac n cheese! What a great combination!

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  44. your photos are looking amazing!! good job!! :)

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  45. Amazing photos! It looks so yummy :)

    I am inviting you on giveaway on my blog:

    GIVEAWAY

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  46. We Love our BBQ here in Texas. Yummy!!!

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  47. Seriously? This is brilliant - definitely dinner tomorrow! xo

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  48. Seriously!!!!! tour killing me:)

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  49. WOW!!!! This is making me soooo hungry!

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  50. Looks sooo yummy.. Gonna have to try it out for the hubs! Following you on pinterest now :)
    -barbie @ Style of a Mrs.

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  51. oh my gosh YUM!! MAking this asap!

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