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Mexican Chicken Mac Casserole

Course Main Dishes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Kristi @ MomsConfession.com

Ingredients

  • 2 Horizon Organic Classic Mac (6 oz box)
  • 1 Premium Canned Chicken (12.5 oz)
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 tbsp Horizon Organic Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno (finely diced and seeded)
  • 2 tsp Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 1/2 Horizon Organic Half & Half (pint)
  • 1 package Horizon Organic Mexican Shredded Cheese (6 oz)

Crust:

  • 2 cups Horizon Cheddar Snack Crackers
  • 4 tbsp Horizon Organic Unsalted Butter (melted)

Instructions

  1. Pour Horizon Organic Classic Mac into a skillet with cold water and butter.
  2. Cook on medium heat until pasta is fully cooked. This process should take approximately 8-10 minutes from start to finish.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, open the canned chicken and dice it up on a cutting board.
  4. Once the pasta has started to boil, add onion, red bell pepper and jalapeno.
  5. As soon as the pasta has finished cooking, add chicken, Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning, salt and pepper and mix together well.
  6. After you have mixed the pasta, chicken and seasoning together well, add Horizon Organic Half & Half along with 1/2 of the Horizon Organic Mexican Shredded Cheese and mix together well again.
  7. Add Horizon Cheddar Snack Crackers into a ziploc bag and crush them up into tiny pieces. Then add in the melted unsalted butter. Reserve approximately 1/2 cup to use as a garnishment on top of your casserole.
  8. In a 9x13 casserole dish, add crushed Horizon Cheddar Snack Crackers & Unsalted Butter forming a crust on the bottom.
  9. Next, pour the chicken macaroni over your crust.
  10. Top with remaining cheese and crust mixture.
  11. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Recipe Notes

**The key to keeping your pasta from sticking together is to use COLD WATER when you start the process of cooking your pasta in a skillet. This process of cooking pasta will take about half the normal cooking time off and you will have perfect pasta every time.**