No Leftovers Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

Updated: Sep 8, 2021


Looking for a delicious way to enjoy two incredible game day favorites together? This recipe will not disappoint you or the crowd.


I have it on the good word of over 100 high school football players this is a dish not to be missed.❤ Miss you guys!


8 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS

  • 8oz uncooked elbow macaroni

  • 8TBSP butter

  • 3TBSP all-purpose flour

  • 2C whole milk

  • 8oz cream cheese, softened & cubed

  • 1C shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1C shredded Colby-Jack cheese

  • 2tsp spicy brown mustard

  • 2tsp salt

  • 1½tsp pepper

  • 1tsp garlic powder

  • ½C dry Italian bread crumbs

  • 1lb of boneless skinless chicken (thighs or breasts)

  • Frank's Red Sauce

  • A Whole Lotta Love


DIRECTIONS

  • Cut your chicken into chunks & put into your insta-pot. Season with 1tsp garlic powder, 1tsp pepper, 1tsp salt, & 1cp Frank's Hot Sauce, stir. Set to cook for 20 minutes. If you don't have an Insta-pot season chicken & bake in a 350° oven for 25-30 minutes.


  • Once chicken is done cool for 10 minutes & chop finely either by hand or in your food processor. Mix in ½tsp garlic powder, 1-1½cp of Frank's Hot Sauce, & 2TBSP melted butter.


  • Prepare a 9x13 pan & press the Buffalo chicken into bottom of the pan. Set this to the side.


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Cook elbow noodles as box instructs.


  • Then melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large pot. Mix in flour until smooth. Add milk slowly & bring it to a boil. Stir consistently on a med-high heat for 3-4 minutes.


  • Reduce the heat to medium & add the cream cheese, mix til smooth. Then add remaining cheeses, salt, pepper, & mustard. Mix until cheese sauce is smooth.


  • Add well drained elbow noodles to the cheese base & mix thoroughly.


  • Layer the mac & cheese over the Buffalo chicken in the pan.


  • Melt 2TBSP of butter & mix into the bread crumbs. Spread over the top & cook uncovered for 20-30 minutes.


  • Let rest 10 minutes before serving.


  • Enjoy


TIPS

  • Use glass baking dish for best results.

  • Fiesta cheese can be used in place of Colby-Jack.

  • Crumbled Candied-Bacon also goes well on top instead of bread crumble.

  • Consider a double batch

  • Chicken can be omitted

  • BBQ sauce can be used in place of Frank's Hot Sauce.

  • Always cook from your heart & never be afraid to vary from the recipe if the spirit moves you.



NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

1 cup: 523 calories, 37g fat (22g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 668mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 24g protein.


(Nutritional values are appropriate & may vary slightly)

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