Chicken, Macaroni, and Cheese
Recipe from Diabetic Living

Adding chicken, spinach, and tomatoes turns ordinary mac and cheese into an extraordinary main dish.

Chicken, Macaroni, and Cheese

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Servings: 5
Serving size: 1 1/3  1 1/3 cup
Total Time: 35 mins
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  • 1 1/2  cups 
    dried multigrain or regular elbow macaroni (6 ounces)
    Nonstick cooking spray
  • 12   ounces 
    skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4  cup 
    finely chopped onion
  • 1  6 1/2 ounce package 
    light semisoft cheese with garlic and herb
  • 1 2/3  cups 
    fat-free milk
  • 1   tablespoon 
    all-purpose flour
  • 3/4  cup 
    shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
  • 2   cups 
    packaged fresh baby spinach
  • 1   cup 
    chopped, seeded tomatoes
In a medium saucepan, cook macaroni according to package directions, except do not add any salt to the water; drain.
Meanwhile, coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and onion to skillet. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and onion is tender, stirring frequently. If onion browns too quickly, reduce heat to medium. Remove skillet from heat. Stir in semisoft cheese until melted.
In a medium bowl, whisk together milk and flour until smooth. Add all at once to chicken mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted. Add cooked macaroni; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Stir in spinach and tomatoes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 369, Fat, total (g) 12, chol. (mg) 85, sat. fat (g) 7, carb. (g) 33, Monosaturated fat (g) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, fiber (g) 4, sugar (g) 6, pro. (g) 33, vit. A (IU) 1749.25, vit. C (mg) 9.45, Thiamin (mg) 0.43, Riboflavin (mg) 0.47, Niacin (mg) 9.67, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.47, Folate (g) 112.89, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0.85, sodium (mg) 393, Potassium (mg) 494, calcium (mg) 403.87, iron (mg) 2.16, Vegetables () 0.5, Starch () 2, Lean Meat () 3.5, Fat () 1, Carb Choice () 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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