Cookin’ with Carolyn Cheesy Macaroni Chicken Casserole for Two

Cheesy Macaroni Chicken Casserole for Two
One 6-ounce chicken breast
1-1/8 tsp. sea salt
3/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup cream cheese
2 cups water
2 tsp. soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 medium onion, chopped
6 ounces dry macaroni
1 cup grated aged cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Season the chicken breast with 1/8 tsp. each of the sea salt and freshly ground pepper. In a small pan, heat the extra-virgin olive oil over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 1 minute. Turn the chicken, reduce the heat, cover the pan and cook for 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave covered for 10 minutes, then shred the chicken with 2 forks. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, water, soy sauce, garlic and remaining sea salt and freshly ground pepper and whisk to combine. In an 8-inch-square baking dish, combine the shredded chicken, onion, macaroni, cheese and the sauce and mix thoroughly. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 10 minutes, Uncover, stir well and bake for 15 minutes, or until the noodles are cooked and the sauce has thickened. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!