Compliments of It’s a Keeper
3 Tbsp butter
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chicken breast, cooked and cubed
1 cup deli ham, sliced thick and then cubed (or leftover Easter ham)
1 1/2 cups milk
2 Tbsp dijon mustard
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 lb. penne pasta, cooked and drained
2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
1 cup Panko Crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted
In a skillet with high sides, melt butter over medium-high heat, saute onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds more. Stir in chicken and ham until warmed through. Add milk, cream cheese and mustard, stirring until the sauce becomes creamy. Add the pasta and cheese to the skillet. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne to taste.
Preheat the broiler.
Transfer pasta to a baking dish and top with Panko crumbs. Pour melted butter over crumbs and broil until browned. This should only take a few minutes.
Is It a Keeper?
I did make A LOT of tweaks to the original recipe. I read all of the reviews/comments with the original recipe and most said the recipe had potential but it lacked something. So, I added onion, garlic (of course!) and Dijon mustard.
The tweaks did add flavor to the dish, but it was sort of lack luster. Don’t get me wrong. It was good and the leftovers were even better. You could tell that the flavors really had a chance to work with each other. This recipe didn’t really tickle my fancy (I love that phrase…it makes me chuckle). What do you think? Would you doctor this up any more? What is your favorite way to use up Easter leftovers?
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