Easy, Cheesy, Chicken Pleas-y! Chicken Chili Mac Recipe

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Today’s Easy Chicken Chili Mac recipe and post was a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken

When it comes to cooking I love using the freshest ingredients for my easy chicken recipes. Nothing says fall like comfort food recipes. Don’t you think? But, I like adding a “New Comfort Food” twist to my recipes. All the flavors, sauce and goodness but, made with premium quality chicken and other fresh ingredients. This is an Easy Chicken Chili Mac.

When I think of comfort foods I think of chili, soups, pasta dishes and casseroles. I like simple recipes that you can make in one pot or almost one pot. How about you? This recipe is so easy to make. I really think it’s one your family can enjoy. Easy, Cheesy, Chicken Pleas-y! This recipe total time is under 30 minutes. Let’s get started.

Chicken Chili Mac 

Chicken Chili Mac An easy 30 minute meal that anyone can make. A delicious comfort food made with chicken. An almost one pot meal! Winner, winner chicken dinner!

For this recipe, you’ll need a few pantry staples such as noodles, canned tomatoes. Fresh ingredients you’ll use are garlic, green peppers, green onions, and chicken. My favorite is .

It’s easy to find locally since it’s grown in California and is my healthy go-to choice. For today’s recipe you can use Foster Farms Simply Raised chicken breasts or diced chicken breasts (both are with no antibiotics ever). You’ll also need sharp cheddar cheese.

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How to prepare your chicken for cooking

Chicken Chili Mac Recipe | An Easy to make 30 minute recipe that the whole family will enjoy!

When I first went to the store I wasn’t sure what I was going to make so I grabbed Chicken Breasts. They are big and thick. Rather than going back to the store I cut up my chicken.

Save yourself that step and purchase diced chicken breasts!

How To Make Chicken Chili Mac 

On a separate chopping board, I chopped 2 garlic cloves and some fresh peppers, which I seeded and washed. If you have smaller kids or don’t like spicy foods just reduce the garlic to 1 clove and omit the fresh peppers.

STEPS FOR COOKING THIS CHICKEN DINNER RECIPE

Step 1

When you first start cooking the recipe, in a separate pot boil the water so your noodles get done about the same time your skillet dish is done. Follow the package directions on your noodles. Drain and add the noodles to the dish just after you have added the tomatoes and spices. If it’s done first rinse with cold water and reserve until the noodles are needed.

The amount you use is about half a package, equal to 4 cups cooked noodles. *Shown in steps below.

Step 2

Add cut-up chicken to your skillet

cut cubed chicken for a dinner recipe cooking in a pan

Next, add your diced chicken into a nonstick skillet slightly preheated with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. You will cook the chicken meat until the chicken shows white about halfway up.

  • Cook for about 6 minutes.

Step 3

Stir in garlic and peppers

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Then stir your chicken and toss in your garlic and peppers. Cook about another 5 minutes.

Step 4

Open up your canned diced tomatoes.

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I used fire-roasted tomatoes, well because, some like it hot. But, regular stewed tomatoes will work too! Then a small can of tomato sauce; regular or (my favorite is salsa de jalapeno) if you like spicy foods.

chicken, peppers, garlic close up cooking in a pan

Step 5

Add the tomatoes and sauces into the skillet after the chicken is slightly browned.

Add your tomatoes

Chicken Chili Mac Recipe | An Easy to make 30 minute recipe that the whole family will enjoy!

Then add your diced tomatoes and tomato sauce (or salsa de jalapeno) to the cooked chicken.

Step 6

Then add your spices

Chicken Chili Mac Recipe | An Easy to make 30 minute recipe that the whole family will enjoy!

Next, stir in the spices then, reduce to a simmer. Cook about 5 to 10 minutes longer.

Step 7

Add your cooked noodles

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Add the already cooked noodles to the skillet just after the tomato sauces and spices have cooked. Then stir them in gently.

Step 8

Next layer on the cheese

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After stirring in your cooked noodles, add shredded cheese to the top. Cheesy, goodness! Then lid your skillet. Turn off the burner to melt the cheese.

Step 9

Cover with a lid and let the cheese melt

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After the cheese is melted, sprinkle with chopped green onions and serve.

Step 10

Garnish and serve!

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Garnish with chopped green scallions (optional) and serve! I don’t think comfort food has to be as heavy to be good. We are trying to be more mindful of our cooking and eating. This includes incorporating antibiotic-free chicken. Does your family use a lot of chicken for cooking? I love because it is locally grown, 100% vegetarian fed and is free of antibiotics.

Chicken Chili Mac An Easy chicken recipe. Cooks up in 30 minute recipe that the whole family will enjoy!

Chicken Dinner!

Yield: serves 6

Chicken Chili Mac Recipe

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An easy and delicious 30 minute meal that anyone can make. Flavorful with tender chicken, noodles and a chili flavor. A real easy lighter comfort food!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 peppers of your choosing, Anaheim-mild, jalapeno-medium, Poblano-medium, cayenne-hot Seed and chop your peppers.
  • 1-14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes, Mexican, Fire Roasted or Plain
  • 1-7 ounce can of tomato sauce, regular or jalapeno
  • 4 cups of cooked noodles, elbow macaroni or penne

Spices

  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • Sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • green onion chopped for garnishing

Instructions

  1. You will cook the chicken meat until the chicken shows white about half way up. About 6 minutes.
  2. Then stir your chicken and toss in your garlic and peppers. Cook about another 5 minutes. During this time open up your canned diced tomatoes.
  3. I used fire roasted, well because some like it hot. But, regular will work too! Then a small can of tomato sauce; regular or jalapeno.
  4. Add these into the skillet, after the chicken is slightly browned. Do not over cook.
  5. Then add your diced tomatoes and tomato sauce to the cooked chicken.
  6. Next, stir in the spices. Now, reduce to a simmer. Cook about 5 to 10 minutes longer.
  7. Add the already cooked noodles to the skillet just after the tomato sauces and spices have cooked. Then stir them in gently.
  8. After stirring in your cooked noodles, add shredded cheese to the top. Then lid your skillet. Turn off the burner.
  9. After the cheese is melted sprinkle with chopped green onions and serve.

Notes

Notes: If you have smaller kids or don't like spicy foods just reduce the garlic to 1 clove and omit the peppers. Use regular tomatoes vs. spicy.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 286Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 18mgSodium 304mgCarbohydrates 48gFiber 6gSugar 6gProtein 13g
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