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Pepper Jack Mac n’ Cheese with Chicken

A kickin’ flare to one of the most popular comfort foods. Mac n’ cheese meets pepper jack!

Be sure to check out these low point pasta dishes as well:

Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta

Shrimp and Peas Fettuccine Alfredo

Chicken Stroganoff

What Ingredients do I need to make this Pepper Jack Mac n’ Cheese with Chicken?

  • Dry elbow noodles -I like to use whole grain elbows if you have whole grain pasta as a zero point food item or Fiber Gourmet, or Barilla Plus elbows
  • Laughing cow pepper jack cheese wedges
  • Laughing cow light Swiss cheese wedges
  • All purpose flour
  • Land o’ Lakes light butter made with canola oil or any light butter
  • Skim milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • Skinless, boneless chicken tenders, diced
  • Red pepper flakes seasoning, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz elbow noodles –-I like to use whole grain elbows if you have whole grain pasta as a zero point food item or Fiber Gourmet, or Barilla Plus elbows
  • 2 laughing cow pepper jack cheese wedges
  • 2 laughing cow light Swiss cheese wedges 
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp Land o’ Lakes light butter made with canola oil or any light butter
  • 1 cup skim milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups skinless, boneless chicken tenders, diced
  • red pepper flakes seasoning, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta as directed on back of the packaging. Drain and set aside.
  2. Spray a skillet pan with non stick cooking spray, place diced chicken tenders in pan and sprinkle red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper on chicken tenders. Cook for 3-4 minutes on both sides until chicken is no longer translucent inside. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a large pan and add the flour. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for a minute or so. Add the milk and stir or whisk until well combined. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thicken.
  4. Stir in cheese wedges until they have completely melted.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, place noodles in bowl -Pour cheese sauce over cooked noodles and stir until sauce has been incorporated with noodles.
  6. Fold in cooked diced chicken tenders. Enjoy!!

Makes 5 (1 heaping cup) servings

2-7 PersonalPoints™ per serving*  

 *This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan. 

How do I know how many points this is on my WW individualized plan? 

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*The recipe builder link only works for WW members located in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, you’ll need to access the WW app manually to create the recipe in the recipe builder. 

Notes:

  • If the sauce needs thinning, feel free to add a 2-4 Tbsp more of skim milk to thin it out to your preferred consistency.
Yield: 5 cups

Pepper Jack Mac n’ Cheese with Chicken

Pepper Jack Mac n’ Cheese with Chicken

A kickin' flare to one of the most popular comfort foods. Mac n' cheese meets pepper jack!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz whole grain elbow noodles or Fiber Gourmet or Barilla plus elbows
  • 2 laughing cow pepper jack cheese wedges
  • 2 laughing cow light Swiss cheese wedges 
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp Land o' Lakes light butter made with canola oil or any light butter
  • 1 cup skim milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 5 ( about 2 cups) skinless, boneless chicken tenders, diced
  • red pepper flakes seasoning, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

    1. Cook the pasta as directed on back of the packaging. Drain and set aside.
    2. Spray a skillet pan with non stick cooking spray, place diced chicken tenders in pan and sprinkle red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper on chicken tenders. Cook for 3-4 minutes on both sides until chicken is no longer translucent inside. Set aside.
    3. Melt the butter in a large pan and add the flour. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for a minute or so. Add the milk and stir or whisk until well combined.
    4. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thicken.
    5. Stir in cheese wedges until they have completely melted.
    6. In a large mixing bowl, place noodles in bowl -Pour cheese sauce over cooked noodles and stir until sauce has been incorporated with noodles.
    7. Fold in cooked diced chicken tenders. Enjoy!!

Makes 5 (1 heaping cup) servings

2-7 PersonalPoints™ per serving*

*This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan.

Notes

  1. If the sauce needs thinning, feel free to add a 2-4 Tbsp more of skim milk to thin it out to your preferred consistency.

Smartpoints: GREEN: 5 smartpoints per serving if using Fiber Gourmet Elbow 7 smartpoints per serving if using Barilla Plus elbows BLUE: 4 smartpoints per serving if using Fiber Gourmet elbows or 6 smartpoints per serving or PURPLE: 2 smartpoints per serving if using whole wheat elbows 

Nutrition Information

Yield

5

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 231Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 11mgSodium 265mgCarbohydrates 35gNet Carbohydrates 32gFiber 3gSugar 1gProtein 17g

The point values and nutritional information is estimated and figured based off the brand of ingredients I used for the recipe using the WW app and can vary depending on ingredients used.

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Tuesday 28th of July 2020

Can I use unsweetened almond milk instead of the skim milk, or will it not thicken up? Thank you for the recipe!

Lindsay Kehl

Friday 31st of July 2020

Hi Rosenda

Yes, you bet! Unsweetened almond milk can be used as a substitute for the skim milk, if you prefer!

Thanks so much!

marie johson

Tuesday 25th of February 2020

Great recipe. You're such an amazing chef. Thanks for sharing :)

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