BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe

Staff Writer
BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe
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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Ready in
12 m
4
Servings
391
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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
16g
25%
Sugar
5g
N/A
Saturated Fat
9g
44%
Cholesterol
57mg
19%
Protein
21g
42%
Carbs
39g
13%
Vitamin A
212µg
24%
Vitamin B12
0.5µg
8.3%
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
9.6%
Vitamin C
0.4mg
0.6%
Vitamin D
0.4µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
0.5mg
2.4%
Vitamin K
2µg
2%
Calcium
324mg
32%
Fiber
2g
7%
Folate (food)
22µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
181µg
45%
Folic acid
93µg
N/A
Iron
2mg
10%
Magnesium
44mg
11%
Monounsaturated
4g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
5mg
23%
Phosphorus
337mg
48%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
252mg
7%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.4mg
24.8%
Sodium
390mg
16%
Thiamin (B1)
0.4mg
27.7%
Trans
0.5g
N/A
Zinc
2mg
16%