Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Roberta February 1, 2021

How To Make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe

For this unique mac and cheese recipe, crispy buffalo chicken is mixed in with macaroni cooked in a creamy cheddar, Monterey Jack, and cream cheese sauce.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 12ozfrozen breaded chicken tenders
  • 2tbspsbutter
  • 2tbspsflour
  • cupswater
  • 4cupsmilk
  • 16ozshort pasta,(such as cavatappi or elbow macaroni)
  • ½tspsalt
  • 1tbspranch powder
  • ½tspsmoked paprika
  • 3cupscheddar cheese,shredded
  • 1cupMonterey Jack Cheese,shredded
  • 2ozcream cheese,cut into cubes
  • cupbuffalo wing sauce,plus 2 tablespoons for garnish
  • ¼cupdiced celery
  • 2tbspgreen onions,sliced

Instructions

  1. Bake the chicken fingers according to package directions. Coarsely chop the chicken. Reserve ½ cup of chicken pieces for garnish.

  2. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the flour, then whisk until combined, about 30 seconds.

  3. Pour in the water and whisk until smooth and just thickened.

  4. Add the milk and whisk until combined.

  5. Stir in the pasta, salt, ranch powder and smoked paprika, then bring the mixture to a simmer.

  6. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is done.

  7. Turn the heat to low, then stir in the cheddar, Monterey Jack and cream cheeses, along with ⅓ cup of buffalo sauce. Keep stirring until the sauce is smooth.  To thin the sauce, add more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

  8. Stir in the diced chicken.

  9. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of buffalo sauce over the mac and cheese. Add the reserved chopped chicken, celery and green onions on top, then serve.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 738.32kcal
  • Fat: 40.11g
  • Saturated Fat: 20.39g
  • Trans Fat: 0.70g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 11.41g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.14g
  • Carbohydrates: 57.41g
  • Fiber: 2.47g
  • Sugar: 8.38g
  • Protein: 35.92g
  • Cholesterol: 116.83mg
  • Sodium: 849.11mg
  • Calcium: 629.17mg
  • Potassium: 486.75mg
  • Iron: 1.80mg
  • Vitamin A: 274.18µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.72mg
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