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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese

So a couple of days ago, I made some oven style chicken for dinner. As usual, I have leftovers with whatever I make. I got inspired with this recipe from a show called Bitchin Kitchen. I truly love that show as its funny yet its got great ideas to work with the food you have. This chicken that I made with some mash taters and green beans.


2 leftover chicken leg quarters (yields 1 cup)
1 cup cooked ham, diced
1 cup chicken stock

1 large onion, chopped
4 tbsp butter
2 cups pasta
4 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 cup Velveeta
1/2 cup cheddar
1/2 cup monterrey jack
1/2 cup colby
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder

In a smaller pot, take the chicken from the bone. Add the chicken stock to the leftover chicken.In another pan, add 1 tbsp butter and let it melt. After the butter has melted add the onion. Cook the onion until its caramelized.

In a larger pot, start to add the water and place to a boil. Make sure to add the salt to the water as it helps with the boiling process. Add the macaroni and continue to boil until tender.

Drain the macaroni. Add the milk, butter, cheeses and mix.Also add the spices to the mix. Continue to stir making sure that the macaroni is enveloped with all that cheesy goodness.

Add the caramelized onions, meat and ham to the macaroni and cheese. Continue to fold lightly ensuring that the spices and mixture melds together well. This is a great comfort food, but can be considered rather gourmet. Have it with a nice side salad. Enjoy!


  1. Addition of chicken if very unique - I've never added any meat or poultry to mac & cheese (except bacon which doesn't really count!)...

  2. Yeah...I love to mix it up with mac & cheese...have even used shrimp...there are so many possibilities :)