Deluxe Mac and Cheese with Ground Chicken Meatballs

Deluxe Mac and Cheese with Ground Chicken Meatballs

Mac and cheese with meatballs is the ultimate comfort food dish. Guaranteed to be a hit with both kids and adults alike. 

Ingredients

  • Serves: 6

Meatballs:

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) dry seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped chives
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 1 lb (0.5 kg) ground chicken

Mac and Cheese:

  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) butter
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups (1 L) whole milk
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 2 cups (500 mL) shredded aged Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups (500 mL) shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz (345 g) elbow macaroni or other short cut noodles, cooked and drained

Instructions

Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). In large bowl, stir together bread crumbs, onion, egg, parsley, chives, mustard, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper until well combined. Crumble in ground chicken; mix gently to combine.

  2. Roll into 18 meatballs; arrange on greased foil-lined baking sheet. Lightly coat meatballs with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

Mac & Cheese

  1. Meanwhile, melt butter in large saucepan set over medium heat; sprinkle flour over top. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Slowly whisk in some of the milk until smooth. Add remaining milk, along with mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Bring to simmer; cook for about 5 minutes or until thickened. 

  2. Remove from heat. Whisk in Cheddar, Gruyère and Parmesan, a handful at a time, until melted and well combined. Stir in pasta. Serve immediately with meatballs. 

Tip: Use damp hands to avoid the raw chicken mixture from sticking when rolling into meatballs.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 410g serving Amount
  • Calories 870
  • Protein 48 g
  • Fat 44 g
  • Saturated Fat 24 g
  • Carbohydrate 70 g
  • Fibre 3 g
  • Sugar 11 g
  • Cholesterol 180 mg
  • Sodium 1210 mg
  • Per 410g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 20
  • Calcium 80
  • Iron 35
  • Vitamin A 35
  • Vitamin C 10
  • Vitamin B6 15
  • Vitamin B12
  • Folate 100
  • Magnesium 30
  • Zinc 45

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