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Salsa Verde Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe
Tender chicken and rotini pasta combine in a creamy rich cheese sauce flavored with spicy salsa verde. This is a quick and easy weeknight meal that the whole family will love!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 servings
- Olive oil
- 1-1/2 pound chicken breast cubed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 14- ounce can evaporated milk
- 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1-1/2 cups salsa verde
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water until done.
Season the chicken with salt, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
Heat the olive oil in a heavy frying pan.
Add the chicken and cook until the chicken is 160F in the center.
Remove the chicken from the frying pan and set aside.
Melt the butter in the heavy frying pan.
Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
Add the evaporated milk and whisk until smooth and no lumps remain.
Simmer, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.
Add the cheese and stir until smooth.
Add the salsa verde and cumin.
Taste and adjust seasonings.
Stir the chicken into the sauce.
Finally stir in the La Moderna rotini pasta and the cilantro.
Sprinkle with more cilantro before serving.