Chicken Fajita Macaroni and Cheese

Check out this Macaroni and Cheese full of fajita flavor and plenty of cheese.

Chicken Fajita Macaroni and Cheese

  • Prep Time40 MIN
  • Total Time1 HR 5 MIN
  • Servings10

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta (12 oz)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise, then crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
1 cup thinly sliced poblano chiles
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 package (0.85 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix chicken
2/3 cup water
1 3/4 cups milk
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shredded pepper Jack cheese (6 oz)
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
1 cup crushed tortilla chips
2 tablespoons sliced green onions

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink in center. Stir in bell pepper, chiles, and onion; cook about 2 minutes longer or until onions just start to soften. Add taco seasoning mix and water. Simmer 3 to 4 minutes, stir frequently until slightly thickened. Transfer to a bowl and reserve.
  • 3 In 4-cup glass measuring cup, mix milk and whipping cream. Return Dutch oven to medium heat; melt butter in Dutch oven. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring frequently. With a whisk, stir in flour and salt until smooth. Cook and stir until mixture is smooth and bubbly.
  • 4 Gradually stir in milk mixture. Increase heat to medium-high; heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute; reduce heat to medium. Stir in cheeses. Cook until melted, stirring occasionally. Stir in pasta and reserved chicken mixture. Remove from heat. Pour mixture into baking dish.
  • 5 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until sauce is bubbly. Sprinkle crushed tortilla chips and green onions on top.
Original Recipe From: Betty Crocker