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Macaroni and cheese meets buffalo chicken in this indulgent recipe.

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese | Taste and Tell

Now that it’s (finally) getting warmer, people tend to switch to eating lighter foods. And yes – here I am with a mac and cheese recipe!! But truth be told, I’ll eat a good mac and cheese anytime of year – no matter how warm it is outside!

This is a truly decadent version of macaroni and cheese. It is definitely not an every day food. I wish I would have read through the recipe a little better before I started, because honestly – I think that you could cut the cheese sauce in half and still have plenty of cheese. It was delicious – but definitely not low fat!! I wonder if I’ll ever get sick of trying recipes with a buffalo chicken twist…

Buffalo-Chicken Macaroni and Cheese
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Macaroni and cheese meets buffalo chicken in this indulgent recipe.
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more fro the dish
  • kosher salt
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup hot sauce (preferably Frank’s)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2½ cups half-and-half
  • 1 pound yellow sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup panko
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chicken and garlic and cook 2 minutes, then add ½ cup hot sauce and simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 more minute.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and mustard with a wooden spoon until smooth. Whisk in the half-and-half, then add the remaining ¼ cup hot sauce and stir until thick, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, then whisk in the sour cream until smooth.
  4. Spread half of the macaroni in the prepared baking dish, then top with the chicken mixture and the remaining macaroni. Pour the cheese sauce evenly on top.
  5. Put the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted. Stir in the panko, blue cheese and parsley. Sprinkle over the macaroni and bake until bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.
slightly adapted from Food Network Magazine April 2010

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18 Responses to Buffalo-Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

  1. Kim says:

    I love it! I’m hooked on buffalo chicken recipes too and remember seeing this in the FN mag. It looks unbelievably delicious.

  2. This sounds like a great twist on mac and cheese. And, I enjoy mac and cheese any time of year too!

  3. Katie says:

    I’ll eat mac n’ cheese even if it’s 100 degrees outside!

  4. Jennifurla says:

    Oh wow, hello and yes. I have been craving something like this. Printing…..

  5. I don’t care what the weather is because this looks amazing! And with a rainy week like we are having here, I’d definitely love it.

  6. Joanne says:

    Well, I will never get sick of you posting buffalo sauce-infused recipes! So keep em coming. This looks like decadence at it’s finest!

  7. Katrina says:

    This looks so amazing. Great recipe!

  8. We love buffalo chicken recipes too! One of our favorites is this buffalo chicken lasagna in the crock-pot. Can’t wait to give this mac n’ cheese a try!

  9. Rosa says:

    That looks gorgeously yummy! A scrummy combo.



  10. Desi says:

    I just made this last night actually, and we are having the leftovers for dinner again tonight! It was soooo delish!

  11. Alli says:

    I tore this recipe out! It looks great. I will take your tip and cut the cheese in half. My kids do not like overly cheesy homemade mac and cheese.

  12. I love buffalo chicken – this sounds amazing!

  13. Juliana says:

    Wow, this dish looks so good, tasty and spicy…love the idea of shredded chicken in a mac and cheese. Have a wonderful week Deborah 🙂

  14. Mac n’ cheese is practically my middle name – I’ll have to try it with the chicken!

  15. paula hennig says:

    My husband will be your biggest fan if I make this mac and cheese!! He’d eat this any day, no matter what the season. I’ll definitely have to surprise him with this soon! sounds yummy!

  16. Lindsay K says:

    I made this over the weekend. HUGE hit with the husband! Thanks for the recipe!

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