Green Chile Mac And Cheese With Chicken

Warm up the flavors of family-favorite macaroni and cheese with a poblano chile.

Green chile mac and cheese with chicken in white casserole dish

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Lydia Purcell; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

Calling all mac and cheese fans—your new favorite is right here! This easy, speedy supper combines macaroni and cheese with convenient rotisserie chicken for a cozy, comforting dish with a kick!

Mild poblano peppers bring the heat to this creamy pasta dish without being overly spicy. For extra delicious flavor, we jazz up a homemade white sauce with a dash of cumin and everybody’s guilty pleasure—cubes of smooth-melting Velveeta cheese. All of this comes together in a satisfying pasta dish that makes a normal weeknight feel like a special event, without all the work!

Some (Don't) Like It Hot

Poblano peppers are typically about half as spicy as jalapeños; for an even milder mac, remove the ribs or use Anaheim chiles.


  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter

  • 1 large poblano chile , chopped (about 1 cup)

  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

  • 3 cups whole milk

  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin

  • 8 oz. white processed cheese (such as Velveeta), cubed (about 1 1/4 cups)

  • 8 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese , shredded (about 2 cups), divided

  • 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken

  • 12 oz. medium-size shell pasta (about 3 cups), cooked and drained

  • Fresh cilantro , for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to broil with rack about 10 inches from heat source. Melt butter in a large broiler-safe skillet over medium-high. Add poblano, and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 3 minutes.

  2. Add flour, and cook, stirring constantly, until bubbly, about 1 minute. Whisk in milk; cook, whisking often, until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt and cumin. Add processed cheese and 1 1/2 cups of the Cheddar, stirring until melted, 1 minute. Stir in chicken and cooked pasta; remove from heat.

  3. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar. Broil in preheated oven until cheese is lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.

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