Grilled Chicken and Bacon ‘Mac & Cheese’

Grilled Chicken & Bacon 'Mac & Cheese' | The Housewife in Training Files

I’m so thrilled to introduce a new collaboration that my friend, Becky from The Cookie Rookie, and I have put together – The Rookie Housewife Cooking Series!


We are teaming up each month to present a delicious recipe each month based of a selected ingredient! So with that same ingredient we will both head into our own kitchens and whip up two completely different recipes and present them to all of our friends here! I am ecstatic to see our new adventure roll out! This week, she has drool-worthy Chicken and Sweet Potato Enchiladas…check them out here!!

Chicken & Sweet Potato Enchiladas | The Cookie Rookie

Chicken & Sweet Potato Enchiladas | The Cookie Rookie

For our first collaboration, we chose sweet potatoes. The possibilities are endless and it is no secret that I adore sweet potatoes.  I often seem to hoard the sweet potatoes in my house as I get way to excited and overly anxious to cook with them. I mean, I have to make the right recipe! Even though caramelized, roasted sweet potatoes rank among my favorite ways to devour prepare them.

Grilled Chicken & Bacon 'Mac & Cheese' | The Housewife in Training Files

Grilled Chicken & Bacon 'Mac & Cheese' | The Housewife in Training Files

Spiralizing vegetables is my latest obsession. They provide the ‘pasta-like’ dinner experience yet are more figure friendly, along with the lines of providing a gluten free meal and higher nutritional punch!  A completely indulgent mac and cheese dish is my weakness. Who doesn’t love the comfort that is served along with mac and cheese? It instantly takes me back to my childhood, except now a days it is much fancier than the ever so popular blue box mac and cheese.

Grilled Chicken & Bacon 'Mac & Cheese' | The Housewife in Training Files

Grilled Chicken & Bacon 'Mac & Cheese' | The Housewife in Training FilesThe cheese sauce could pass as a fondu imposter. It’s garlicily, creamy and dreamy. A combination of fontina and provolone provide a saltiness and richness that every cheese sauce deserves.

And the cherry on top…bacon.  That doesn’t even need any explaining.

Grilled Chicken & Bacon 'Mac & Cheese' | The Housewife in Training Files

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Grilled Chicken and Bacon ‘Mac & Cheese’
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Serves: 4
  • 4 slices thick-cut applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • ½ large onion
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp tapioca starch
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup provolone
  • ½ cup fontina
  • Parsley, for garnish
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Arrange the bacon on a greased oven rack placed over a baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 15 minutes. Once cool, chop and set aside.
  2. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add a touch of olive oi. and sliced onions. Caramelize on low heat, about 20 minutes.
  3. Spiralize the sweet potatoes according to equipments instructions. And to caramelizing onions. Cook for 15 minutes, or until ‘al dente’.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Drizzle the chicken with olive oil, season with the paprika, salt and pepper. Grill the chicken for about 5 minutes on one side then flip and cook until chicken reaches 165 degrees in the middle. Transfer to a cutting board and thinly slice.
  5. While the chicken cooks, melt the butter in a medium size saucepan over medium heat. Add both milks, butter, tapioca starch, and garlic powder. Whisk! Bring to a boil and reduce to a light simmer, whisking, until the sauce coats the back of a spoon, 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and add both cheeses, taste and season with salt and pepper, if necessary.
  6. Add sweet potatoes to plate, top with cheese sauce, chicken, bacon and parsley.


    • says

      They are great noodle stand in’s as they have more body and become ‘al dente’! You will love it if you love sweet potatoes! Hope you enjoy!

  1. says

    This is the 2nd blog I visited today with so many yummy foods in their posts and not only that, yummy looking photos to go as well. :) I’m pretty sure those foods are delectable! :)

    • says

      Isn’t mac and cheese the best comfort food?! And thank you…I hope The Cookie Rookie and I have some fun with this new series! And you enjoy her recipe too. It looks so tasty!


  1. […] If you follow along with the Paleo diet, or heard a bit about it, Paleo, or sometimes referred as “The Caveman Diet”, is a lifestyle rich in lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, fish oil and grass-fed meats. meats, nuts, vegetables and fruits. The Paleo diet delivers many health benefits; to name a few – balanced energy through out the diet, stable blood sugar, anti-inflammatory, improved sleep, burning off stored fat. The paleo diet is focused on food that the caveman ate – no processed foods full of refined sugars and trans fats – and focuses on natural foods full of minerals and vitamins!  If you are interested in more about the Paleo diet, check out Chowstalker along with Robb Wolf’s Paleo Diet. Although I don’t follow the Paleo diet all the time, I love the concept and the recipe creations we have created in our kitchen that are paleo. Such as my favorite shrimp salad and my spin on grilled chicken and bacon mac and cheese! […]

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