Snack Like a Southerner: Macaroni and Cheese with Cheesy Fried Chicken


Chicken tenderloins
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 egg
1/4 fine shredded cheddar
Pinch paprika

Macaroni and Cheese:
Farfalle noodles
1/3 cup butter
1 1/2 8oz pkgs sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
Pinch of cayenne pepper
3tbsp flour

Crunchy Topping:
1 cup panko bread crumbs
2tbsp butter
1tsp onion powder
1/2 8oz pkg sharp cheddar cheese

Step One:
Make the chicken.

1. Mix flour, egg, milk, cheddar, salt, pepper and paprika in a large bowl until all flour clumps are gone. 

2. Dump mixture into a large Ziploc baggie.

3. Add raw chicken tenderloins to baggie and shake to coat the chicken.

4. Fry chicken. Add a tablespoon of oil to a large skillet, fry chicken over medium heat (about two to three minutes each side.)

5. Set chicken to the side.

Step Two:
Boil farfalle noodles. Drain and set to side.

Step Three:
Preheat oven to 350.

Step Four:
Make the cheese sauce.

1. In a large pot, melt butter. Add in flour intermittently, stir until all clumps are gone. 

2. Add salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper, mix. Cook until mixture is bubbly.

3. Gradually add milk and cream, stir while adding. Over medium heat, allow mixture to simmer for one minute while stirring.

4. Over low heat, add cheese until melted and combined.

5. Pour cheese sauce over noodles. Mix together.

Step Five:
Make the topping.

1. In a skillet, melt butter. 

2. Add panko bread crumbs. Cook over medium heat, stirring a bit, for about two minutes.

3. Dump mixture in bowl. Cool.

4. Add cheese. Stir.

Step Six:
Dump macaroni and cheese into a large baking dish. Top with topping.

Step Seven:
Bake dish for 20 minutes.

Step Eight:
Remove dish from oven--KEEP OVEN ON. Add chicken to the top of the macaroni and cheese. Sprinkle any left over cheese on top. Place back in oven for 10 minutes.




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