Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Recipe Wednesday - Mac, Chicken & Cheese Bites

When this recipe for Mac, Chicken, and Cheese Bites from Weelicious came up in my Google Reader I just about jumped for joy. Baby C and I both LOVE macaroni and cheese. It's a PITA to send mac and cheese for his lunch though, because he still hasn't quite mastered the spoon. I prefer to send things that are easily picked up. Perfect solution!

Mac, Chicken & Cheese Bites
(Makes 20 Mini Bites)

1/2 Lb. Macaroni
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Flour
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 1/2 Cup Milk
1 Cup White Cheddar (I only had yellow cheddar in the house)
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, divided
1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
1 Cup Cooked Chicken, diced

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Cook pasta until al dente, according to package directions.
3. Drain the pasta and set aside.
4. In a small heavy bottomed saucepan melt 2 Tbsp of the butter.
5. Whisk in the flour and salt and cook for 2 minutes.
6. Add the milk in a slow stream and whisk to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 3 minutes stirring occasionally .
7. Add the white cheddar and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and stir until melted.
8. Pour the cheese sauce and chicken over the pasta and stir to combine. (I omitted the chicken this time around)
9. In a bowl, combine the 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.
10. Grease mini muffin cups.
11. Pour about 1/4 cup of the macaroni mixture into the muffin cups, sprinkle the top with the bread and cheese mixture and bake for 15-20 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden brown.
12. Cool in muffin cups, remove and serve.

I left out the chicken on this first pass just to get an idea of how they would go over on their own. Next time I make them I'll include the chicken and probably mix in a few chopped veggies or peas. What better vehicle for the green stuff than mac and cheese? Baby C must have liked them quite a bit - I sent two muffins as his main lunch dish and it looks like he licked the bowl. Yum!


  1. Looks delicious, I'll have to try it!

  2. That's the only way we can get Kate to eat mac and cheese!



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