Cajun Mac n Cheese w/ Crispy Cajun Chicken Bites

Cajun Mac n Cheese! This is so banging. We've added the Crispy Cajun Chicken Bites because they are delicious, but also to add a load of protein as well. Impress someone with this comforting and hearty dish.

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Cook: 25 mins

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Preheat oven to 180°C/ 360°F. Bring a large saucepan of water to boil.
Add panko breadcrumbs to a large mixing bowl and mix in garlic granules, onion granules and cajun seasoning. Beat eggs in a separate bowl, then dip each piece of chicken into egg, then seasoned panko breadcrumbs. Make sure each piece of chicken is well coated, then transfer to a lined baking tray. Spray with a few sprays of fry-lite and bake for 20-25 mins, flipping chicken pieces once or twice throughout cook time.
Add a pinch of salt to the saucepan of boiling water and add macaroni. Cook for 8 mins or until al dente.
Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, melt butter on medium heat, then whisk in flour until combined and then start to gradually pour in milk whilst still whisking aggressively to avoid any lumps. Once all milk has been poured, continue to whisk and reduce heat to low/ medium and allow sauce to thicken.
Once it starts to thicken, add cajun seasoning, smoked paprika and garlic granules and stir to combined, then add light cheddar and a black pepper, to taste. Once macaroni is cooked, drain and add straight to cajun-cheese sauce along with chopped chives, then stir to combine.
Best served immediately, with crispy cajun chicken bites on top. Garnish with chopped chives.

Nutritional Info

Per serving:

Cals – 722

Carbs – 92g

Protein – 49g

Fat – 17g

 

Ingredients

Serves 4

For the Crispy Cajun Chicken Bites:

  • 350g of chicken breast - diced.
  • 2 eggs.
  • 150g of panko breadcrumbs.
  • Tbsp of cajun seasoning.
  • Tsp of garlic granules.
  • Tsp of onion granules.
  • Salt and pepper, to taste.

For the Cajun Mac n Cheese:

  • Tbsp of butter.
  • 2 tbsp of plain flour.
  • 1 pint of skimmed milk.
  • 1-2 tbsp of cajun seasoning.
  • Tsp of smoked paprika.
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic granules.
  • 100g of light cheddar - grated.
  • 300g of macaroni.
  • A handful of chopped chives.

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