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Melt-in-Your-Mouth Slow Cooker Chicken Mac and Cheese

Last Updated on August 30, 2023 by Create Better Health

I vividly remember when a student teacher in my fifth-grade class called mac and cheese “the yellow devil” because it was all she ate as a college student.

I was so confused. I LOVED mac and cheese. Eating it every day would be a dream come true!

Now a couple of decades later, there is still a bit of that childish mac-and-cheese love left in my heart.

It is the perfect comfort food!

In this post, I’ll share with you one of my favorite homemade mac and cheese recipes: Slow-cooker Chicken Mac and Cheese.

Making mac and cheese from scratch rather than buying it is a great way to ensure your family is getting a healthy meal at an affordable price!

Jump straight to the recipe here.

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How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Mac and Cheese

First, gather your ingredients.

You’ll need:

  • 1 box (13 oz.) whole wheat penne pasta
  • 2 cups low-fat or skim milk
  • 1 can ( 12 oz.) low-fat or skim evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups Italian blend cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
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Bring a pot of water to a boil.  Add the pasta and boil for 5 minutes.

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Remove from heat, drain, and set aside.

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This gives your pasta a little head start to reduce the time it will need to cook in the slow cooker.  Next, combine both milks, eggs, melted butter, and salt in a medium bowl.  Whisk until smooth.

(To cut back on fat and calories, use fat-free evaporated milk instead of cream).

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Place the milk mixture in the slow cooker and add the pasta and Italian blend cheese.  Sprinkle with pepper and stir. Use part-skim Italian blend cheese instead of cheddar to cut out some calories.

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Now sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top of the pasta. Cook on low for 2/12 hours.

To add a bit of lean protein to your mac and cheese, you might try adding some grilled chicken to the recipe. Cut 2 chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Heat a tablespoon of canola or olive oil in a skillet.

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Once the oil is heated, add the chicken.

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When the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the skillet and set aside.  Now it’s time to add the chicken and bread crumbs to the slow cooker.

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Switch your slow cooker temperature to high.  Cook for another 30 minutes.  Then serve.

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With dairy, grains, and protein already added to your meal, be sure to make half your plate fruits and vegetables for a MyPlate meal.  Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe

What do you think? Will this become a regular meal on your dinner rotation? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!


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