Braces-Friendly Recipe: Chicken and Broccoli Mac and Cheese


Today on the blog I am sharing a delicious comfort-food recipe that sneaks some vegetables into your kids diet. This chicken and broccoli mac and cheese is decadently cheesy and is a great braces-friendly weeknight meal that the whole family will enjoy.


  • 1 pound macaroni, cooked to al dente
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • salt & pepper
  • 3 cups white cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups chicken breast, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup asiago cheese, for topping (optional)


  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. cook pasta in boiling, salted water until al dente (use package time).
  3. in a separate pot over medium heat add the butter & flour. stir constantly & cook until a lump-free roux forms, about 2 minutes.
  4. add the shallots, garlic & dijon. cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  5. add the half & half, whole milk & bay leaf. simmer for ten minutes.
  6. remove from heat and stir in the grated cheese until it is fully melted.
  7. fold in macaroni, broccoli & chicken.
  8. pour into desired baking dish and sprinkle with additional cheese (about 1 cup).
  9. bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.


A Hungry McFarland Orthodontics Staffer


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