BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe

BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe
Staff Writer
BBQ Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese
Jerry Errico
BBQ Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese

Sammy never liked taking chicken to school for lunch, but when I put this macaroni and cheese in her thermos (albeit, a gluten-free version), she came home and told me I had given her two of her favorite foods in one! I don't know who was happier — Sammy or her mother, who had managed to sneak in some more brain-boosting protein into her daughter's mac and cheese lunch! Maybe that's why she aced the math test!

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4
Servings
157
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • One 6-ounce box macaroni and cheese, preferably whole-grain
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 6 tablespoons baby food carrot or sweet potato purée
  • 1/2 cup cooked chicken, diced

Directions

Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat. Cook the macaroni according to package directions and drain. Combine the milk, barbecue sauce, and purée in the same pot and return to a simmer, stirring until well combined. Add in the chicken and macaroni, warm through, and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
5g
7%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
25mg
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
12g
9%
Protein
14g
30%
Vitamin A, RAE
237µg
34%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
6mg
8%
Vitamin E, added
1mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
167mg
17%
Choline, total
11mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
40µg
10%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
48mg
15%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
145mg
21%
Selenium, Se
9µg
16%
Sodium, Na
166mg
11%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
34g
1%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

BBQ Chicken Shopping Tip

If you’re buying chicken at the store, make sure that it’s the last thing you pick up before hitting the checkout – and to head straight home with it to the icebox.

BBQ Chicken Cooking Tip

Wash everything that chicken touches with soap and hot water.