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Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

by Andrea Updyke

buffalo chicken mac & cheese

My husband and I love macaroni and cheese. And I mean we truly love it. Our boys don’t really seem to be fans of this classic staple so we don’t have it very often which is probably for the best. The upside of this is that we get to jazz it up a bit when we do make this hearty dinner.

I am a big fan of Buffalo Chicken and when we visited NYC for our anniversary a few years ago, we ate at a Mac&Cheese restaurant called S’Mac. I had the buffalo chicken mac & cheese and have been recreating it ever since! The recipe is based on my mom’s classic from my childhood. There is so much comfort in this food I don’t even know what else to say other than DIG IN!

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese
Yield: 6 people

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Wait until you try this Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe. It is great for feeding a crowd too!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pasta of your choice, I used Fusilli
  • 2 cups or more extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup Franks Original Buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 Blue Cheese Crumbles, optional

Instructions

  1. Boil water and add pasta when boiling (reduce heat)
  2. While water is heating, prepare the cheese sauce by combining the milk, flour, butter, cheese, and salt in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Stir sauce and microwave on high for another 4 minutes.
  3. Cook chicken in a small amount of olive oil or butter until cooked through. Add 1/4 cup of buffalo sauce and remove from heat.
  4. Once pasta is done, stir in the cheese sauce and buffalo chicken. Top with Bleu cheese crumbles (if desired) and enjoy!

Do like to add things to your Mac & Cheese or do you stick with the classic?

This isn’t the only thing I’ve written about cheese. Check out more of my cheese adventures!

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Amanda @ High Impact Mom January 25, 2013 - 1:24 pm

Yum, yum!! This is going to become a staple in my house, I can already tell!! Holy all the things I love!!

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Andrea January 25, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Right!? It’s ridiculously good and easy.

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Jenn @therebelchick January 25, 2013 - 1:31 pm

This looks delicious! I am going to have to try to make this on my next cheat day!

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Andrea January 25, 2013 - 5:04 pm

Let me know what you think!

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Shana Dieli January 25, 2013 - 3:04 pm

OMG these are two of my favorite foods! I never thought to mix them together to make Buffalo chicken mac n cheese. Saved the recipe, I will be trying this asap.

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Andrea January 25, 2013 - 5:04 pm

That’s what it was like when we ate at that restaurant in NYC! Mind BLOWN.

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Jennifer (Savor) January 25, 2013 - 3:21 pm

My hubby would like to know if you will marry him and make this every night?

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Andrea January 25, 2013 - 5:05 pm

I think my hubby might have something to say about that! Something tells me you could take this and make it 1million times better!

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Fadra January 26, 2013 - 10:40 am

There’s a MAC&CHEESE restaurant in NYC? I’m so there.

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Andrea January 26, 2013 - 10:42 am

Yes! In fact I meant to add the link…doing that now – but here it is for you! http://www.smacnyc.com/

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Beth January 26, 2013 - 2:58 pm

I want. NOW.

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Annie @ Mama Dweeb January 26, 2013 - 9:47 pm

I have never used buffalo sauce in Mac & Cheese but this sounds DELICIOUS!!!

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Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting January 28, 2013 - 5:41 pm

OMG! Yes and yes. In my mouth. Please.

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