Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cheesy Chicken Pasta

Eric has a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. He hates the amount of time that I spend sucked into it, but he loves it when I make him things that I've found on there. The other night when I was pinning away, he said "hey, why don't you stop pinning those recipes & start making them?" - he's totally right. I know how to cook, I enjoy doing it, I just don't. So I picked out a recipe that looked good & showed it to him. He, of course, had some suggestions... that's how we ended up with Cheesy Chicken Pasta (adapted from this recipe). 

we served ours with Texas Toast because we had it left over... but real garlic bread would've been better

  • 1 lb. chicken cutlets
  • 1/2 pkg. fajita seasoning
  • 2 c. chicken broth
  • 1 c. macaroni (we used penne because that's what we had)
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 2 TBS flour
  • 3/4 c. milk (I used skim) 
  • 1 c. shredded cheddar 
Here's how you do it: 
  1. In a medium skillet, cook the chicken. Once it is cooked all the way through, cut it into bite size chunks. 
  2. Place these chunks into a medium sauce pan, then add the fajita seasoning, broth, and macaroni. Heat this mixture to a boil, and then simmer for 12 to 14 minutes. (Just make sure the macaroni is tender!)
  3. Melt the butter in a sauce pan. Once it is melted, whisk in the flour & cook for 5 minutes. When the mixture is light brown, add in the milk & bring to a boil - continue whisking to avoid flour lumps. 
  4. Remove the butter mixture from the heat & stir in the cheese until it is melted and smooth. 
  5. Combine the two mixtures together. You may need to leave out a little bit of the broth mixture, but you can play it by ear! 
After eating it, Eric & I decided that it could definitely use some veggies. We're going to add in cauliflower and broccoli next time we make it, so I'll keep you posted on that. 

And last of all.... my sous chef. 


  1. oh my gossssssssh, that picture just made my day. CUTE!

  2. soooooo cute!!! That pasta looks freaking delicious!

  3. Wow that pasta looks amazing!! You could also try adding peas-- one of my favorite dishes is gorgonzola pasta with peas, it's amazing how good peas taste with cheesy pasta (ordinarily I don't love peas by themselves.)


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