Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Chicken

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Paired with a Brown Ale

Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Chicken Recipe: a super cheesy, one-pot meal that’s perfect for a weeknight! While this stovetop mac and cheese recipe is delicious all on it’s on, this recipe is all about the spice mix, which includes paprika, cayenne pepper, and chili powder just to name a few. Crispy bacon and savory chicken breast sets this mac and cheese apart from the rest. Make this mac and cheese when you are pressed for time. It can be on the table in under 30 minutes!

Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Chicken Recipe: a super cheesy, one-pot meal that's perfect for a weeknight!

Why hello there friends! Happy Friday to you all! I hope all of you have some fabulous plans this weekend! Zach and I will be headed down to Denver to partake in some more Great American Beer Festival activities. If you guys have been following for a while, you know that this has become an annual tradition. I look most forward to this festival mostly because of the food and beer pairings. So much food from amazing chefs around the nation paired with the best craft beer around; how could that possibly be bad!? Can you tell I’m excited? Because yeah, I’m excited.

Anywho, I thought we would celebrate GABF weekend and it being Friday with a ton of carbs, cheese and baaaaaaaacon.

I know. I may have gone a little too far with this recipe, but it’s been taking up some prime real estate in the old recipe vault for like 2 months now. I thought it was time to finally share it with you guys. I know what you are thinking. This is one guilty pleasure of a meal, but it’s so good you guys.

Please try it. You will love it. I know you will. :) Recipe for this stovetop mac and cheese with bacon and chicken is below! Pair it with a brown ale and have a wonderful weekend!

Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Chicken Recipe: a super cheesy, one-pot meal that's perfect for a weeknight!


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Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Chicken Recipe: a super cheesy, one-pot meal that's perfect for a weeknight!

Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Chicken
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Yield
6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups small pasta (like small shells or elbow macaroni)
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 strips of bacon, cooked until crispy and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine the paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, sugar, cayenne pepper, chili powder and corn starch. Set aside.
  • To a dutch oven, add the oil. Heat over medium heat and add the chicken. Brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. It's ok if the chicken isn't cooked through. It will continue to cook as you add the rest of the ingredients. Add the milk, half and half, water, pasta and the spices that you mixed together earlier. Bring the mixture to a boil and then cover. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is tender and chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cheese in 1/2 cup increments until melty.
  • Serve the stovetop mac and cheese garnished with crispy bacon and fresh parsley. Enjoy!
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Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Chicken Recipe: a super cheesy, one-pot meal that's perfect for a weeknight!

 

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  • Krista

    OHHHH man! I am all about that spice mix girl! And then you said bacon.. game over! Wish I could eat my screen right now! Totally making this next week and pinning!

  • http://www.honeyandbirch.com Jenny B @ Honey and Birch

    This mac and cheese looks amazing! Carbs, cheese and bacon is one of my favroite trios!

  • Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    I’ve really got to make it out to the GABF at some point! You can never go overboard with mac ‘n cheese, beer, and baaaaacon!

  • CookinCanuck

    My husband and I have always wanted to go to the Great American Beer Festival. I hope you have a great time! This mac ‘n cheese looks absolutely amazing – a perfect bowl of comfort food.

  • http://www.whiskandshout.com Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    I can’t resist a good mac and cheese, ever– this looks so creamy and full of flavor!

  • http://www.thelittleepicurean.com Maryanne @the little epicurean

    I love 30 minute meals! I hope you have fun at GABF!

  • Becky | The Cookie Rookie

    YUM! This is perfection! Comfort food at its absolute best!

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    Wow, Justine! I LOVE the flavors in this…looks amazing!

  • Jennifer

    It’s tasty, but ours turned out more like creamy cheesy pasta & chicken soup. Maybe need to add less milk or water next time?

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      I’m sorry to hear that it was more soupy than would you like. I would suggest adding less liquid the next time around.