Pardon me while I drown myself in this bowl of cheesy delicious. It’s macaroni and cheese, doctored up with all the delicious flavors from the traditional King Ranch Chicken.
I’ve made King Ranch Chicken Enchiladas…and we are adding this Mac n Cheese to our “King Ranch list.”
You can use any small shell pasta for this – I used rotini because that’s what I had in my pantry/stockpile. I adore the smokiness of the cumin in this and it plays really nicely with all the cheesy flavors!
Just be warned…you will want to drown yourself in the bowl too. 😉
King Ranch Chicken Mac n Cheese
Yield – 4 servings
Preparation Time – 15 minutes
Cooking Time – 15 minutes
- 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (or 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken)
- 8 oz. small shell pasta
- 10 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 Tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Salad, as side dish
- Cook and shred the chicken, if necessary.
- Cook the pasta as directed. Drain.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the diced tomatoes and green chilies (with the juices), sour cream, ground cumin, chili powder and salt. Stir until smooth, then stir in the shredded cheddar cheese.
- Pour the warm, drained pasta noodles into the bowl with the cheesy mixture and toss until cheese melts into the pasta. If need be, return the pasta and sauce to saucepan to heat through.
- Stir in the shredded chicken.
- Serve King Ranch Mac n Cheese with side salad.
- To Freeze: Place the prepared pasta and chicken into disposable foil baking tray and cover with foil. Thaw and reheat at 350 for 30 minutes.