Saturday, October 15, 2011

Comfort Food

I had a taste for macaroni and cheese and baked chicken.  I have been craving mac and cheese all week and finally got to make some homemade.  I decided to try a recipe for the mac and cheese that was in my vitamix cookbook.

Here is the recipe for the macaroni and cheese sauce.  You can do this same recipe on the stove in a double boiler (just heat the first ingredients and then add the cheese until it melts).

2 cups of cooked elbow macaroni
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/3 cups milk
1 cup cubed american cheese or other mild yellow cheese (I used a mild cheddar)

Mix sauce with cooked macaroni in a 8 inch x 8 inch baking dish that has been sprayed with a non stick cooking spray.   Add a bread crumb topping and bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven.

The chicken is super simple.

I used boneless chicken breasts.

1/2 cup flour
freshly ground pepper
boneless chicken or cut up chicken
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Add flour and pepper to a plastic bag.  Add chicken to bag and shake until chicken is coated with flour.  Place chicken in a lightly greased baking dish.

In a small bowl mix together mayonnaise and ketchup.  Pour half of the ketchup mixture over the chicken and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove chicken from over.  Turn chicken over and coat with remainder of ketchup mixture.  Return to oven and bake for about 20 minutes.

If you are using chicken with the bone in it will take a little longer so adjust baking time as needed.

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