Discover this Creamy Chicken-Bacon Macaroni! With crispy bacon, onion, garlic and cream cheese, this chicken-bacon macaroni is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 6 servings
2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
6 oz. (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 WYLER'S Instant Bouillon Chicken Flavored Cube
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Triple Cheddar Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA
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Let's Make It
Cook macaroni as directed on package, omitting salt.
Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in pan. Drain bacon on paper towels. Add onions and garlic to reserved drippings; cook on medium-high heat 1 min. Add half the chicken; cook 2 min. or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Remove from skillet. Repeat with remaining chicken; return all chicken to skillet.
Drain macaroni, reserving 3/4 cup of the cooking water. Mix reserved water with cream cheese and bouillon in small bowl until blended. Add to chicken with crumbled bacon; mix well. Cover; cook on low heat 5 min. or until chicken is done. Stir in macaroni and parsley; cook, uncovered, 1 min. or until heated through, stirring frequently. Stir in shredded cheese.
Serve this creamy main-dish with a smart side such as steamed broccoli or a crisp mixed green salad.
For Saucier Pasta
If you prefer a thinner sauce, reserve 1 cup of the macaroni cooking water to mix with the cream cheese and bouillon.
How to Soften Cream Cheese
Place completely unwrapped package of cream cheese in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 10 sec. or just until softened. Add 15 sec. for each additional package of cream cheese.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g
Saturated Fat 12g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 34g
Dietary Fibers 2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.