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Copycat Applebee’s Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese recipe


For Honey Pepper Chicken:
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup breadcrumbs
Vegetable oil, for frying
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
For Mac and Cheese:
8 oz elbow macaroni or your preferred pasta
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste


Honey Pepper Chicken:
Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
Dredge each piece in flour, then dip in beaten eggs, and coat with breadcrumbs.
Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the chicken until golden brown and cooked through. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, mix honey, soy sauce, black pepper, and garlic powder. Heat over low heat until well combined. Pour the sauce over the fried chicken and toss to coat.
Mac and Cheese:
Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour to create a roux. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Gradually whisk in the milk, making sure there are no lumps. Continue to cook and stir until the mixture thickens.
Reduce heat to low and stir in the shredded cheddar and Parmesan cheese until melted and smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce and stir until well coated.
Serve the honey pepper chicken over the mac and cheese and drizzle with extra honey pepper sauce if desired.

some popular questions and their answers related to Copycat Applebee’s Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese recipe

Q: Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts for the Honey Pepper Chicken? A: Yes, you can use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts if you prefer. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly, as thighs may take slightly longer to cook.

Q: Can I bake the chicken instead of frying it? A: Yes, you can bake the chicken instead of frying it for a healthier option. Place the breaded chicken pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through and golden brown.

Q: Can I make the Mac and Cheese ahead of time? A: Yes, you can make the Mac and Cheese ahead of time and reheat it when ready to serve. Store the cooked pasta and cheese sauce separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Reheat the cheese sauce gently on the stovetop and mix it with the cooked pasta before serving.

Q: Can I use a different type of cheese for the Mac and Cheese? A: Yes, you can customize the Mac and Cheese with your preferred type of cheese. Feel free to experiment with different cheeses such as mozzarella, Gouda, or Monterey Jack to create your own unique flavor.

Q: Can I make this recipe vegetarian? A: Yes, you can make this recipe vegetarian by omitting the chicken and using vegetable broth or water instead of chicken broth in the cheese sauce. You can also add your favorite vegetables such as broccoli, peas, or bell peppers for added flavor and nutrition.