Honey Dijon Chicken Tenders and Macaroni and Cheese

I started school today, well, my online class anyway. My cooking course starts tomorrow and I'm super nervous. I was craving some comfort food, so of course... chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese came to mind. I've been wanting to try out these new recipes.

Honey Dijon Chicken Tenders
Recipe from The Comfort of Cooking

3 chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 cup panko
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic {powder}
1/4 teaspoon paprika
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup dijon mustard
3 tablespoons honey

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  • Prepare a large baking sheet and set aside.
  • On a large plate combine the breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, garlic and paprika. Set aside. 
  • In small bowl mix together the melted butter, dijon mustard and honey. Whisk until well combined.
  • Place the chicken strips into the mustard-butter mixture and then into the breadcrumbs, coat evenly. Place onto the baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe from Pioneer Woman

4 cups dried macaroni
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 lb cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
cayenne pepper

  • Cook macaroni until very firm. Macaroni should be too firm to eat right out of the pot. Drain.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg.
  • In a large pot, melt butter and sprinkle in flour. Whisk together over medium-low heat. Cook mixture for five minutes, whisking constantly.
  • Add in the milk and mustard and whisk until smooth. Cook for five minutes until very thick. Reduce heat to low.
  • Take 1/4 cup of the sauce and slowly pour it into beaten egg, whisking constantly to avoid cooking eggs. Whisk together until smooth.
  • Pour egg mixture into sauce, whisking constantly. Stir until smooth.
  • Add in cheese and stir to melt.
  • Add salt and pepper. Taste sauce and add more salt and seasoned salt as needed!
  • Pour in drained, cooked macaroni and stir to combine. 
  • Serve immediately {very creamy} or pour into a buttered baking dish, top with extra cheese, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top.
Posted by on August 4 2009




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