Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time20 mins
  • Makes6 servings
Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

Photo: Roberto Caruso

How do make a whole family happy? Give your kid’s favourite comfort meal a vitamin and protein boost with greens and rotisserie chicken.


  • 454 g small pasta shells

  • 2 cups small broccoli florets, and peeled, diced stems

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic

  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard

  • 2 ½ cups milk, warmed

  • 2 ½ cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 3 cups diced leftover roast or rotisserie chicken

  • dash black pepper


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, according to package directions. Add broccoli to water for last 2 min of cooking. Drain pasta and broccoli; set aside.

  • Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté for 2 min or until onion is softened. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 min. Stir in mustard. Add milk to pan in a slow, steady stream while stirring constantly. Bring sauce to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally until thickened. Remove pan from heat and add both cheeses, a little at a time, stirring well until fully combined. Add chicken; season with pepper to taste.

  • Add reserved pasta and broccoli to pan; stir until well coated with sauce. Serve immediately.

Photo by Roberto Caruso. Small silk rugs from Baba Souk, Ostheimer wooden chickens from Nest

This article was originally published on Feb 20, 2018

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