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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 25 min.
Cook Time: 20 min.
Total: 45 min.
This Mac 'n Cheese fuses elements of Japanese, Mexican and Italian cuisine to give a delicious new twist to the classic comfort dish.


  • 2 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 2 Anaheim chile peppers, diced
  • 1 Tbs minced garlic
  • 2 Tbs all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 (1 lb.) box macaroni pasta, cooked
  • 8 oz diced grilled chicken breast
  • 1 (6 oz.) can olives, drained and halved
  • 1/2 cup Japanese style panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 tsp paprika


  • Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until melted and foamy. Stir in peppers and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in flour and cook for 1-2 more minutes until smooth and golden. Whisk in chicken broth, a half cup at a time, until smooth and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in cheese and remove from heat. Add pasta, chicken and olives and pour into a lightly greased 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish. Top with breadcrumbs, sprinkle with paprika and bake in a 400°F oven for 15-20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 340
  Calories from Fat 56 (16%)
(9%)Total Fat 6g
(0%)Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
(3%)Cholesterol 10mg
(28%)Sodium 670mg
(0%)Potassium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 51g
(0%)Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(34%)Protein 17g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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