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mac and cheese ready to bake

Baked Mac and Cheese with Chicken & Vegetables

  • Author: Willie Clayton
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


  • 16 oz. whole-wheat pasta 
  • 1, 10 oz. bag frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 c. shredded chicken
  • 2 t. Old Bay seasoning mix
  • 1 c. Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. Cream cheese
  • ¾ c. Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ c. milk




  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. While oven is preheating, follow the directions for cooking pasta BUT only cook for 1/2 the time to have noodles al dente.  
  3. Place pasta in a baking dish 
  4. In a microwave safe bowl combine milk, cream cheese, and sharp cheddar. Cook in the microwave in 30 sec intervals until melted. Mix until this resembles a cheese sauce. 
  5. Add the cheese sauce to the baking dish and combine with shredded chicken, spinach pasta, and old Bay seasoning mix. 
  6. In a small bowl combine olive oil with Panko bread crumbs. Top the baking dish. 
  7. Place in oven and bake until bubbling and golden brown (about 20 minutes). 
  8. Remove from oven let cool for 10 minutes, serve and enjoy. 
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: baked

Keywords: baked mac and cheese