cheese mac & cheese honey chicken tenders

Certainly! Here’s a tasty recipe for mac and cheese with honey-glazed chicken tenders:


For Mac and Cheese:

  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) elbow macaroni or your favorite pasta
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups milk (whole or 2% recommended)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika (optional)
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

For Honey Glazed Chicken Tenders:

  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (panko or regular)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


For Mac and Cheese:

  1. Cook Pasta:
    • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Make Cheese Sauce:
    • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes to make a roux.
    • Gradually whisk in the milk to avoid lumps. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens.
  3. Add Cheese and Seasonings:
    • Reduce the heat to low and add the shredded cheddar and grated Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
    • Add salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, mustard powder, and paprika. Adjust the seasonings to taste.
  4. Combine Pasta and Cheese Sauce:
    • Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce, stirring until the pasta is well coated in the creamy sauce.
  5. Keep Warm:
    • Keep the mac and cheese warm on low heat while preparing the honey-glazed chicken tenders.

For Honey Glazed Chicken Tenders:

  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Season Chicken Tenders:
    • Season the chicken tenders with salt and black pepper.
  3. Coat in Flour, Eggs, and Breadcrumbs:
    • Dredge each chicken tender in the flour, dip into the beaten eggs, and coat with breadcrumbs. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake Chicken Tenders:
    • Spray the chicken tenders with cooking spray. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Prepare Honey Glaze:
    • In a small saucepan, combine honey, soy sauce, and Dijon mustard. Heat over medium heat until the mixture is well combined and slightly thickened.
  6. Glaze Chicken Tenders:
    • Brush the honey glaze over the baked chicken tenders.
  7. Serve:
    • Serve the honey-glazed chicken tenders over the mac and cheese. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired.

This combination of mac and cheese with honey-glazed chicken tenders creates a delicious and comforting meal. Enjoy!

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