buffalo chicken mac & cheese

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    Come to mama.

    buffalo chicken mac and cheese

    Are you sitting down?

    buffalo chicken mac and cheese

    ‘Cause you’ll want to grab your fork & large bowl & consume this entire casserole dish..by yourself.

    So, true story: I can’t handle spicy food. But you say, “wait, but you cook spicy a lot AND this dish is buffalo mac and cheese.”

    Yes, I’m weird. As much as I can’t handle spicy food (meaning, I’m very weak. A little spice makes my mouth on fire), I LOVE cooking it and I LOVE having it. Whenever we go out to eat, I’ll order a spicy dish or I’ll cook a dish that has a lot of spice to it and then be profusely sweating at the dinner table and chugging milk. I’m so attractive.

    Back to this amazing dish. Jason and I polished 3/4 of this casserole in the course of our 20 minute dinner. I’m not surprised. It was AMAZING. Literally scarfed this dish down. It’s a great comfort dish and it’s also got amazing flavors. I mean, really, buffalo chicken with mac and cheese. Just stop.

    Everything about this dish is just perfect. The panko breadcrumbs with the bleu cheese crumbles floating on top of the buffalo chicken and macaroni. It gives the dish a great texture and the bleu cheese just melts in your mouth along with the other ingredients of this dish and it forms a perfect melody in your mouth. Talk about partay in my mouth!

    Oh yeah, so the original recipe makes a casserole for an army. I decided to halve it and I still ended up with a huge casserole dish of it. So, dually noted: if you are having a large party, double the recipe below, if you’re just making it for a family of 4, this should be enough..unless you’re pigs like Jason & I, then it’ll only make for 2 + next day lunch leftovers.

    Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese
    Prep Time
    30 mins
    Cook Time
    40 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr 10 mins
     

    A flavorful twist on classic mac & cheese with a crunchy panko topping!

    Servings: 4 -6
    Ingredients
    • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
    • Salt, to taste
    • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
    • 1 1/2 cups shredded chicken, I used a rotisserie chicken
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 3/4 cup Frank's hot sauce, divided
    • 2 tbsp flour
    • 1 tsp dry mustard powder
    • 1 cup milk, I used 2%
    • 1/4 cup heavy cream
    • 1 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
    • 1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
    • 1/3 cup sour cream
    • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
    • 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a large casserole dish.
    2. Bring a pot of water to a boil, season with salt, and add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside.
    3. In the meantime, in a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tbsp. of butter and stir in the chicken and garlic. Cook for a couple minutes then add 1/4 cup of the hot sauce and mix it all together until well combined. Put the chicken mixture in a bowl and set aside. Quickly rinse out your skillet and return to stove.
    4. Melt 2 tbsp. butter in the skillet over medium heat and whisk in the flour and mustard powder until smooth. Then whisk in the milk and cream and add the remaining 1/2 cup of hot sauce and stir until thick. Whisk in the cheddar and pepper jack cheese until melted and smooth then whisk in the sour cream until all combined.
    5. In the prepared baking dish, spread half of the macaroni in the bottom of the dish then top with the buffalo chicken mixture and then the remaining macaroni. Pour the cheese sauce evenly on top.
    6. Put the remaining 2 tbsp. of butter in a small bowl in the microwave to melt. Stir in the panko and bleu cheese then sprinkle over the macaroni.
    7. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly. Let rest 10-15 minutes before serving.
    Recipe Notes

    Source: Tidy Mom

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  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    O-M-G. That is all. Well that and can I come over for dinner please?

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

    Love it. And it’s amazing how different yours is from mine…I need to try this one and compare. regardless, I know I’ll love it!

  • Elizabeth @ chronic venture says:

    yum yum yum!! buffalo chicken anything has to be deliciousssss!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    sounds awesome! i’ve been looking forward to seeing this recipe ever since you mentioned it the other day. yum!

  • Kathryn says:

    This sounds like the perfect amount of spice for me, I love it!

  • katie @KatieDid says:

    I’m on a serious buffalo chicken kick lately and thissss is not helping! Need this!!

  • Kelly Senyei says:

    Oh sweet Lord! THIS LOOKS UNBELIEVABLE! You’ve combined two of my absolute favorite foods into one dish and I cannot wait to try making it!

  • Erin says:

    I love those meals that you just cannot stop eating.

  • Megan @Country Cleaver says:

    I love you. That is all.

  • Bev Weidner says:

    FEED. ME.

  • Skye (Skye Loves...) says:

    Comfort food at it’s absolute best. Love love love it.

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I haven’t made buffalo mac in so long. I should add it to the menu again soon. Yours looks fantastic. Love your notes on the size ha!

  • Steve @ the black peppercorn says:

    ok, now this looks seriously delicious! I love buffalo chicken and I love mac and cheese! Awesome!

  • Mai Nguyen says:

    oh my! i must try this…

    …but i’m going to have to leave out the bleu cheese, not a big fan of it. unless you can barely taste it?

    • Julie says:

      You can barely taste it unless you get a crumb or two in your bite. You can even add fewer crumbs if you want. I don’t think it’d hurt the dish though to omit it but if you’re making it for a group, I’d add the crumbs in (cause you know how it goes, buffalo + blue cheese) and you can always pick them out :)

    • Jenna says:

      I made this and omitted the blue cheese because I don’t like it either. I added a little bit of cream cheese in with the other cheeses, and it was AWESOME!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    Oh this is MY kinda food :) Love it!

  • Jen @ pretty plate says:

    This would be a household favorite! I am sure of it!

    : ))
    Jen

  • Tiffany @ Snack Snark Bark says:

    YES YES YES!!! Love this recipe and especially love the addition of the bleu cheese-it sounds bomb.

  • Anna @ hiddenponies says:

    This looks SO good! And I am totally that person too that makes/orders spicy food and totally can’t handle it…I usually need a handful of kleenex nearby :) But SO worth it!

  • Tracey says:

    Oh yum!! Two of my very favorite things combined into a single dish? I’m a big wimp when it comes to spicy foods too, glad it’s not just me :)

  • Krissy {Krissy's Creaions} says:

    I’m seeing Buffalo Chicken all over the place. LOVE your mac & cheese version :)

  • Ashley says:

    Oh gosh, times like these, I SO wish my husband shared my mac n cheese obsession. I can’t make this because I would eat it a lllll myself!

  • Katie says:

    Oh man… I know my husband would LOVE this. Must make this asap! Beautiful photos!

  • Baker Street says:

    ooh. this is my kind of meal. looks perfect julie! :)

  • Kristen says:

    I have been craving Buffalo chicken lately, which is weird because I don’t do spicy foods well, either. I can see this going over VERY well with my family. Frank’s hot sauce is going on the shopping list!

  • Wendy Link says:

    once again – if i have a chance to get back to cooking i’m so doing this one – sounds scrumptious!

  • Jenny @ Savour the Senses says:

    I have a buffalo chicken mac n cheese casserole that I am obsessed with! Such great comfort food =)

  • Trader Joes Recipes says:

    Wow, this recipe looks incredible! Buffalo chicken and mac-and-cheese are two of my favorite foods in the world, and it sounds like SUCH a good idea to combine them!

  • Courtney says:

    You have my husband and I addicted to your blog after this receipe! Thank you!

    • Julie says:

      Aw, I’m so glad :) Thank you for the feedback!

  • Jay Buys says:

    Hey Julie! Long time… hope everything is well. I got ambitious and made this last night since I am in love with all things buffalo-style. Amazing!! Will definitely become a routine dish.

    • Julie says:

      Jay! That’s awesome :) I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It’s one of my favorite dishes. Hope all is well! I didn’t know you followed my blog ;) nice surprise!

  • Crista says:

    Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese in the oven now. Sampled the sauce and it was great. Love the sour cream in it! Can’t wait for 30 minutes from now to have dinner!

  • Bree says:

    Hmm..amazing!

  • P says:

    What could you sub blue cheese crumbles with? I’m not a fan of blue cheese but love mac and cheese and buffalo chicken (& dip).

    • Julie says:

      Feta would be a great substitute! Or even goat cheese. :)

  • Denise says:

    Hi Julie! I discovered your blog a few months back and I just wanted to let you know that I have made some of your recipes, and have several more bookmarked that I have yet to make. However, I had to comment on this incredible recipe. I have made this three times so far, one of those times for a potluck at work (a double batch). Anyway, just wanted to let anyone who may be hesitating about making this dish, don’t!! It is delicious and literally makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Gads! Trust this lady… She knows her stuff. I have enjoyed every recipe that I have tried from her blog. Thanks for all of your hard work Julie! I look forward to trying many more of your fabulous recipes!

  • Sarah says:

    This was PHENOMENAL. I followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious. The next time I make it, I am going to reduce the hot sauce a tad because it was a little strong when first out of the oven… with leftovers it was a bit more mild. Thank you! This was awesome.

  • Ciera says:

    So I’m going to try making this in a few days but I was just wondering if you’ve ever tried preparing it all and then baking it a few hours later.

    Like say I prepare it all in the casserole dish in the morning and then bake it once I’m home from work..do you think it would turn out okay?
    And also..if I’m not using rotisserie chicken how would you recommend I prepare it?
    THANKS

    • Julie says:

      Hi Ciera, I think prepping it beforehand would definitely work. Just make sure you cook the pasta halfway so it doesn’t overcook in the oven. If you aren’t using rotisserie chicken, I’d just boil chicken breasts for about 7 minutes and then shred them.

  • Lia says:

    Hold up ya’ll! I just made this for dinner and it is freakin awesome! I used Frank’s buffalo hot sauce and topped with a little extra cheese before the breadcrumbs. So so good!!!!!

  • Sandra says:

    Making this for dinner tonight! I hope it comes out ok :-O

  • Sandra says:

    I make this the other night. My grocery store didn’t have crumbly blue cheese, so I had to settle for the Salad dressing version. I just mixed it right in with the macaroni and chicken at the end… it was so yummy!

  • Cheryl says:

    This looks like the best version of Buffalo Mac N Cheese I’ve seen! Would you please tell me how I can make it in a cupcake tin? Would I need to add eggs? And if so how many and where do I add them?

    • Julie says:

      I wouldn’t know how to make it that way since I’ve never done it that way. I made this recipe intended for a casserole dish. Sorry about that!

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