Hunk of Meat Monday: BBQ Chicken Cheesy Mac

Looking for a way to use leftover BBQ chicken? Or any barbequed meat for that matter? If your kids are anything like mine, they are asking for macaroni and cheese every night of the week. So, this easy BBQ chicken cheesy mac is a great way to use leftover grilled chicken (or pork) and give the kids their mac and cheese!

A few weeks ago when I made grilled chicken and pork chops we had some leftovers.


I deboned the chicken and then cut it into bite size pieces.

I had a pot of water going for a box of pasta at the same time.

In a large pan I got a roux going.  I put 5 tablespoons of butter down and got it melted and then added 5 tablespoons of flour along with a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Let it cook for about a minute before adding milk

I slowly added 4 cups of milk, whisking as I added.

Once I got the milk added I added a teaspoon each of garlic powder and onion powder.

When the cream sauce just began to bubble I killed the heat and then added 4 cups of colby jack cheese.

Stirred it together till the cheese was completely melted.

When the cheese sauce was ready I tossed the chicken with about 1/3 cup of bbq sauce into the pasta pan after I had drained the pasta out.

While the chicken is just warming up dump the pasta into the cheese sauce.

Then either transfer into a 13 x 9 pan or two smaller pans. I chose to freeze one and bake one that night.

Once the cheese and pasta is poured into a greased dish, top with BBQ meat.

Sprinkle with an additional 1/2 to 1 cup of cheese.

Then bake on 350 for about 25 minutes till the casserole is bubbly.

Let it set for about 5 minutes before serving.

BBQ Chicken Cheesy Mac

BBQ Chicken Cheesy Mac

BBQ Chicken Cheesy Mac is a great way to use leftover grilled BBQ chicken with cheesy macaroni for a quick go to weeknight meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. mini pasta of choice
  • 5 Tbls. butter
  • 5 Tbls. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 c. milk
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 5 c. shredded colby jack cheese, divided
  • 2 c. BBQ Chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/3 c. BBQ sauce

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  2. Melt butter into a large pot over medium heat. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper; cook for 1 minute stirring constantly.
  3. Slowly whisk in milk until smooth, stir continuously until liquid thickens and comes to a low boil. Add garlic & onion powders. Reduce heat to low and stir in 4 cups of cheese.
  4. Add cooked pasta to cheese sauce.
  5. Heat chicken and BBQ sauce in the pasta pan until just heated.
  6. Pour mixture into 13 x 9 or 2 smaller baking dishes then top evenly with BBQ chicken.
  7. Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes on 350 degrees.
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What’s your hunk of meat Monday looking like? Can’t wait to see what ideas I can make.

Comments

  1. Anita Stafford says

    Leah, Your Cheesy Mac BBQ Chicken Casserole looks very tasty! I have shared Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas. Thank you for hosting!

  2. Miz Helen says

    Hi Leah,
    I am bringing dessert this week, my Cherry Pie. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

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