Tuscan Chicken Mac And Cheese (ONE POT, STOVE TOP)

Tuscan Chicken Mac And Cheese is a ONE POT dinner made on the stove top, in less than 30 minutes! No extra pots or pans to wash up, and minimal work with simple ingredients! It will be hard to go back to regular Mac and Cheese after this! 

Tuscan Chicken Mac And Cheese (ONE POT, STOVE TOP)

Ingredients
  1. 2 large skinless boneless chicken breasts pounded to 1-inch thickness (or 4 boneless and skinless chicken thigh fillets)
  2. Salt and pepper, to season
  3. 1/2 teaspoon paprika (sweet or smokey)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  5. 1 tablespoon oil, divided (use olive or canola oil)
  6. 2 tablespoons butter
  7. 1 small yellow onion chopped
  8. 6 cloves garlic finely diced
  9. 1/3 cup white wine OPTIONAL (use chicken broth instead if you wish)
  10. 9 oz (250g) jarred sun dried tomato strips in oil (reserve 2 tablespoons of oil and drain the rest)
  11. 3 level tablespoons flour
  12. 2 cups chicken broth
  13. 3 cups milk OR light cream* or half and half, divided
  14. 2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs
  15. 10 ounces (300g) elbow macaroni uncooked (3 cups!)
  16. 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  17. 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  18. 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  19. 1/2 cup grated cheese Cheddar or Gruyere
  20. 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped

Instructions
  • Season chicken with salt, pepper, paprika, dried parsley and 2 teaspoons of the oil. Heat the remaining oil in a large (30cm or 12-inch) pot or pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear on both sides until golden brown, cooked through and no longer pink in the middle. Transfer chicken to a warm plate, tent with foil and set aside.
  • To the same pan, add the butter and fry the onion and garlic until the onion becomes transparent, stirring occasionally (about 2 minutes). Pour in the white wine and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, or until beginning to reduce down.
  • Add the sun dried tomatoes with 2 tablespoons of the sun dried tomato oil from the jar and cook for 1-2 minutes to release as much flavour as possible.
  • Stir the flour into the pot and allow to cook for a further minute. Then, add the broth, 2 1/2 cups of milks (or cream/half and half), herbs, salt and pepper, and bring to a very low simmer (lower the heat if you need to).