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Healthy Chicken Mac & Cheese Bake

kept byalittler
recipe byMyRecipes.com
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Ingredients: 

1 lb or 2 large chicken breasts
4 1/2 cups (12 oz) uncooked penne
12 oz 2% low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
3 tbsp Panko bread crumbs
1 tbsp minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste (for chicken)


  1. Trim fat off of chicken breasts, and season both sides with salt and pepper, to taste.  Cook on stovetop grill on medium to high heat until cooked through.  Slice into thin strips or small chunks.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.  Drain and place in large bowl
  4. Place cottage cheese in a food processor; process until smooth.  Combine cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.  Add the cheese mixture and chicken to pasta and stir well.  Spoon mixture into an 11 x 7 inch glass or ceramic baking dish, coated with cooking spray.
  5. Combine remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan, Panko, and parsely in a small bowl.  Sprinkle evenly over pasta mixture.  Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.
  6. Preheat broiler.  Do not remove dish from oven. 
  7. Broil pasta 1 minute or until top browns.

 

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PsionStorm

Quick note: I forgot to note we tweaked this slightly and added some milk to the cheese sauce, as well as extra cheddar cheese. Everything we added, we eyeballed, so adjust as you see fit!

 

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