You are here: Home » Recipes » Hearty Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli Hearty Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli Recipe by Chinet® Yield 6 to 8 servings PrintEmail Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1 pound chicken breast tenders, chopped -- Salt and pepper1 small onion, chopped1 pound macaroni elbows2 1/2 cups raw broccoli florets, available3 tablespoons butter3 tablespoons all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper1 teaspoon paprika3 cups whole milk1 cup chicken stock3 cups yellow sharp Cheddar1 tablespoon prepared Dijon mustard Instructions Place a pot of water on to boil for macaroni. Heat a medium pan over medium to medium-high heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil and chicken and season with salt and pepper. Sauté a couple of minutes, then add onion and cook another 5 to 7 minutes until onions are tender and chicken is cooked through. Turn off heat and reserve. To boiling pasta water, add pasta and salt to season the cooking water. Cook 5 minutes, then add broccoli and cook 3 minutes more or until pasta is cooked to al dente and florets are just tender. While pasta cooks, heat a medium sauce pot over medium heat. Add butter and melt, then add flour, cayenne and paprika and whisk together over heat until roux bubbles then cook a minute more. Whisk in milk and stock and raise heat a little to bring sauce to a quick boil. Simmer sauce to thicken about 5 minutes. Drain macaroni or pasta and broccoli florets. Add back to pot and add chicken to the pasta and broccoli. Add cheese to milk sauce and stir to melt it in, about a minute or so. Stir in mustard and season sauce with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over chicken and broccoli and cooked pasta and stir to combine. Adjust seasonings, transfer to a large serving platter and serve.