Skinny Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole

Rachel from Rachel Cooks and Brandy from Nutmeg Nanny are hosting a big Mac and Cheese Mania Party today.  They invited a bunch of bloggers to participate in this fun mac and cheese gathering.

We absolutely love mac and cheese. In fact one of the most popular recipes ever done on A Zesty Bite is called crack n cheese.  This time I wanted to take a different approach to this classic by adding a couple of other ingredients to complete the dish.

Skinny Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole

Mac and cheese had to be the stand out ingredients but why not add some chicken and delicious sliced leeks.  I’ve been trying to incorporate leeks more into our dishes because I just think they are a fun ingredient to cook with.  When I add chicken to any dish I more than likely buy a fully cooked rotisserie chicken. Why not….   The store does all the seasoning, prepping and cooking and all I have to do is shred or cut it apart.  Definitely saves me time and energy unless I am making chicken as the main dish.

Skinny Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole

Now back to this mac and cheese mania party.  If you visit Rachel Cooks or Nutmeg Nanny you can link up your favorite mac and cheese recipe and you don’t have to be a blogger to enter.  Here is a list of prizes being given away for this party.

Door to Door Organics Gift Cards, OXO Gift Baskets, Zak Designs Prize Pack, a year’s supply of Cabot cheese, a Vermont Creamery gift basket, a risotto kit from Marx Foods, Barilla pasta, Anolon Advanced Bronze 4.5 Qt. Tapered Stockpot, Rachael Ray Stoneware Casseroval, Wusthof CLASSIC Studio Block Set, Microplane Graters and Kitchen Tools, a SavorX Starter Block with spices and Le Cordon Bleu by Swissmar oven to table roasters.

All giveaways open to US residents over the age of 18 only.

Mac and Cheese Mania is being sponsored by Door to Door Organics and OXO.

ENJOY ~ Meagan

Skinny Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole


Print Recipe

Skinny Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


2 Tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
13.25 ounce box whole wheat pasta shells
2 cups sliced leeks
1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
2 teaspoons olive oil
10 3/4 ounce can 98% fat free broccoli cheese soup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the noodles al dente according to the box.

Slice the leeks and place in cold bowl of water to remove any dirt particles.

Add flour and butter to a large sauté pan over low/medium heat. Whisk until butter is melted then add the flour. Keep whisking the rue for about 2 minutes. Then add 1 cup cheddar cheese, broccoli cheese soup and garlic. Stir until cheese is melted.

Add olive oil to another pan over medium heat. Add the drained leeks and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Then add the shredded chicken to the mix and cook for 5 minutes.

Drain the noodles and add them to the cheese mixture. Then add the cooked chicken and leeks. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Pour into a large casserole dish and cover. Bake for 30 minutes and then top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes uncovered.


73 Responses to “Skinny Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole”

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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche — February 24, 2014 at 5:43 am

    I like stovetop versions of macaroni cheese but I REALLY like baked versions like this :) can’t beat a crispy cheesy topping!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — February 24, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I just want to stick my spoon in to that pot!!

  3. 3
    Amy @Very Culinary — February 24, 2014 at 8:21 am

    That wouldn’t even make it into a bowl…I’d just stand there eating right from the casserole dish. Love this one!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — February 24, 2014 at 9:03 am

    This sounds like my kind of mac and cheese! Love it!

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    katie — February 24, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Love the idea of making a “mac and cheese” casserole!

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    Sarah — February 24, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I agree about the rotisserie chicken! They are so easy and affordable! This Mac looks like it’ll definitely be added to my recipe rotation!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — February 24, 2014 at 10:38 am

    So, I can eat 57 lbs of this right? Pass me a fork!

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    julia — February 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I just love this recipe! So comforting and it is skinny. I am adding this to my rotation!

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    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — February 24, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Skinny wha-what?! Looks sinfully delicious if you ask me!

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    rachel — February 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    This sounds delicious! Love that you took a lighter twist on the mac and cheese!

    Happy Cheesy Day <3 Rachel

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — February 24, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Love the leeks and chicken, such a yummy idea!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — February 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    OOOh yes!!! I love leeks, I love chicken, I love mac n cheese! so perfect!

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    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — February 24, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I am totally loving this Mac and Cheese week! I don’t even know where to start. Accept that I need to go buy a LOT of macaroni noodles!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — February 25, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Now that’s a meal that I would love to come home to! I’ll be making this very soon, oh those leeks and that the cheese and pasta?!? It’s calling my name!

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    Joanne — February 25, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Leeks are such a fun addition to any meal! Love seeing them here in this mac and cheese!

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    JulieD — February 26, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I love that this is skinny!! Looks so good!!

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    This one is just screaming “get in mah bellah”. Love this recipe.

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