Cheddar Chicken Mac 'n Cheese with Peas & Bacon


2 cups Foster Farms Diced Chicken
1/2 lb dry pasta shells, cooked al dente
2 tbsps butter
3 tbsps flour
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup milk, heated
2 1/1 cups cheddar cheese
1-2 tsp hot sauce
1-2 tsp salt
1/2 cup frozen peas, rinsed to separate
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup bacon, cooked and chopped


1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Meanwhile, heat milk and stock together over medium heat. 2. Whisk flour into melted butter and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk, stock mixture over medium heat until smooth. 3. Cook 2 to 5 minutes until mixture comes to a simmer and is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in cheese, hot sauce and salt. 4. In a large bowl, mix cooked pasta with sauce to blend well. Fold in chicken and peas. 5. Pour into a buttered 9" x 13" baking dish. Top with breadcrumbs and bacon. 6. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes until breadcrumbs are golden brown. Serve warm.

COOK TO A SAFE INTERNAL TEMPERATURE OF AT LEAST 165°F. Always use a meat thermometer to determine the temperature. Do not rely solely on suggested cooking times. Cooking appliances vary in temperature and cooking.

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