Chicken Chili Mac (using left overs/from scratch)

Colleen Sowa


This is a recipe we created using left overs!

When a recipe calls for a certain amount of pasta, I ALWAYS make extra! I put the cooled extra pasta in containers in the refrigerator to use in a couple days.
I ALWAYS make large amounts of chicken and other meats and save for another meal.

My grandchildren then have an easy start of creating a recipe!

This recipe is one that my grandchildren helped create. They loved it and we hope you will too!

You can add veggies or other ingredients according to what you have on hand.

Play With Your Food! xo

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10 - 12
5 Min
10 Min
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1 lb
elbow macaroni, cooked according to packaging, drained


2 large
chicken breasts, whole, cooked (left overs)
1 can(s)
pasta sauce or tomato sauce (8 - 15 ounces)
2 Tbsp
2 can(s)
chili beans
4 clove
garlic, mashed and minced fine
1 tsp
each: garlic powder, chili powder, black pepper


cheese: any kind, any amount, sliced, shredded, diced


chili powder or paprika

How to Make Chicken Chili Mac (using left overs/from scratch)


  • 1Prepare elbow macaroni according to packaging.
  • 2Using left over cooked chicken, remove the bones and cut or break up into about 1 or 2 inch pieces. Don't need to be fussy (except about getting the bones removed!)
  • 3Put sauce, garlic, butter and spices together in large soup kettle. Bring to a boil. Simmer 5 minutes.
  • 4Add the chicken and beans. Simmer 5 minutes.
  • 5Add the elbow macaroni and stir well.
  • 6At this point you can add cheese if desired (optional). Stirring until most of the cheese is melted. You can use any cheese or cheeses you like in any amount you like.
  • 7Garnish with paprika or cayenne pepper according to your desired heat level!

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About Chicken Chili Mac (using left overs/from scratch)

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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