KID NOTE: This meal is perfect for the kids! Mac and Cheese is an obvious win, but they ate the chicken and veggies just as well.
VEGETARIAN TIP: Instead of chicken, roast cauliflower and broccoli in the oven at 450 for about 20 minutes. Incorporate it into the peas and carrots or stir it into the mac and cheese. .
GLUTEN MODIFICATIONS: Use a brown rice pasta for the mac and cheese.
Is it possible to just use chicken breasts instead of the whole chicken?
Yes. But, I would use bone-in and maybe cook it a shorter amount of time so it doesn’t dry out.
There have been only a few recipes over two years that disappointed and this was one. The chicken was very dry (would definitely shorten the cook time in the crockpot) and the mac & cheese was VERY bland. I NEVER add salt or pepper after preparation but added much more seasoning to the mac & cheese. I used gouda and mac & cheese “expertly paired” blend of cheddar/mozzarella cheese and it still didn’t add much flavor.