Spicy Chicken Mac and Cheese Skillet

Spicy Chicken Mac and cheese

Spicy Chicken Mac and Cheese Skillet

We’ve turned up the spice meter on this creamy, adult-friendly mac and cheese recipe! And because you use recipe ready Keystone Chicken, your hearty mac and cheese will be on the table in less than 20 minutes!

Spicy Chicken Mac and cheese

Ingredients

  • 1/2 can (28 oz) Keystone Chicken, drained and shredded
  • 2 cups uncooked cavatappi pasta
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup crushed kettle-cooked potato chips, optional

Steps

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente; drain. Preheat broiler.
  2. In a 10-inch cast-iron or ovenproof skillet, heat butter over low heat. Stir in flour until blended; cook and stir until lightly browned, approximately 2 minutes (do not burn).
  3. Gradually whisk in cream, milk, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  4. Reduce heat; cook and stir until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted.
  5. Add pasta, Keystone Chicken, bacon and jalapeño peppers; cook and stir until heated throughout. Sprinkle chips over the top.
  6. Broil about 4 inches from heat until chips are browned, about 20 seconds.