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BBQ Chicken with Mac

Is there anything as marvelous as Mac and cheese? Maybe if it is paired with roasted garlic broccoli and charred BBQ chicken. This is a brilliantly fast and delicious meal, perfect for a week night to celebrate a presidential inauguration, especially when paired with wine. Enjoy!


4 ounces elbow macaroni

clove of garlic, minced

1/2 pound broccoli, cut into florets

1/2 pound chicken breasts

2 ounces fontina, shredded

2 ounces cream cheese

2 ounces barbecue sauce

1/2 cup milk

1 tablespoon flour

1 tablespoon butter

salt and pepper

pinch cayenne


Put a pot of heavily salted water over medium high heat. Bring to the boil. Add the elbow pasta and cook for 9 minutes until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, toss the broccoli with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Salt and pepper the chicken and add a pinch of cayenne. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the broccoli and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Move it over to a side of the skillet. Add the chicken and brown; 2 minutes each side. Brush each side of the chicken with BBQ sauce. Place into a broiler for 2-3 minutes until broccoli is browned, and the BBQ sauce on the chicken is starting to char; about 4 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Meanwhile, melt one tablespoon of butter in a pot of medium heat. Add one tablespoon of flour and cook for 60 seconds. Whisk in cream cheese and milk until smooth and thickened. Add in the fontina, salt and pepper to taste and mix until smooth. Fold in the macaroni.

Dish up your broccoli, chicken and Mac- enjoy!


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