Copycat KFC Mac and Cheese Recipe

Who doesn’t love a hearty and rich KFC Mac and Cheese Recipe? Whenever you order a bucket of KFC fried chicken, there’s a good chance that you’d go for the mac and cheese when they ask you which side dish to pair with it. This indulgent creamy cheddar side dish just blends perfectly well with a crispy fried chicken. And we even made a recipe of KFC-style Extra Crispy Chicken too, just for you!

We all know a small serving of this delicious goodness isn’t enough to satisfy our cravings. So we are here to the rescue with a copycat recipe of KFC’s famous side dish! With this recipe, you can now make mac and cheese at home and enjoy that second serving!

This KFC Mac and Cheese Recipe is one of those dishes that you cook fast. Make sure to prepare all the ingredients first before you turn on your stovetop. You will be needing two separate pans to cook both the macaroni and the cheese. When cooking the macaroni pasta, add a pinch of salt onto the boiling water. It makes a huge difference in the overall taste. For the cheese sauce, whisk until it turns creamy and smooth.

Tip: Add a pinch of salt onto the boiling water when cooking the elbow macaroni, it makes a huge difference in the overall taste.

Give this recipe a try! And if you love it, keep some of the ingredients ready in the pantry so you can make them at home whenever craving hits. Serve it hot, cold, for breakfast, and even for an afternoon snack if there are leftovers. Though we highly doubt that!

How To Make KFC’s Mac and Cheese

Think the small serving for KFC's Mac and Cheese isn't enough for your craving? No need to order another if you're making a big batch of its copycat at home.

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 ⅓ cup elbow macaroni
  • 4 oz Velveeta cheese
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • ¼ tsp salt
  1. Bring water to a boil over high heat in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add elbow macaroni to the water and cook it for 10 to 12 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.

  3. While the macaroni is boiling, prepare the cheese sauce by combining the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat.
  4. Stir often as the cheese melts into a smooth consistency.
  5. When the macaroni is done, strain it and then pour it back into the same pan, without the water.
  6. Add the cheese sauce to the pan and stir gently until the macaroni is well coated with the cheese.
  7. Serve immediately while hot.

When you whisk the cheese sauce, make sure never to leave the pan so the cheese sauce won’t stick.

How To Make KFC's Mac and Cheese

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Think the small serving for KFC's Mac and Cheese isn't enough for your craving? No need to order another if you're making a big batch of its copycat at home.

Preparation: 4 mins
Cooking: 6 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 ⅓ cup elbow macaroni
  • 4 oz Velveeta cheese
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil over high heat in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add elbow macaroni to the water and cook it for 10 to 12 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.

  3. While the macaroni is boiling, prepare the cheese sauce by combining the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat.
  4. Stir often as the cheese melts into a smooth consistency.
  5. When the macaroni is done, strain it and then pour it back into the same pan, without the water.
  6. Add the cheese sauce to the pan and stir gently until the macaroni is well coated with the cheese.
  7. Serve immediately while hot.

Recipe Notes

When you whisk the cheese sauce, make sure never to leave the pan so the cheese sauce won't stick.

Nutrition

  • Calcium: 235mg
  • Calories: 238kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 31g
  • Cholesterol: 22mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 180mg
  • Protein: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 544mg
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Vitamin A: 336IU
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Commonly Asked Questions

How do you keep mac and cheese creamy?

There are several tricks to make mac and cheese creamy. The first one is to use the right kind of cheese as we’ve mentioned. Goat cheese gets the most thumbs up to make mac and cheese extra rich and creamy. Using evaporated milk also takes this recipe to a whole level. You also want to be careful in cooking the pasta, which should just be cooked al dente. You might also want to try cooking the pasta in milk instead of water. This will make your macaroni creamy even before the cheese reaches the pan. Lastly, go easy on the amount of flour to add as too much can make the recipe a little dry.

What is the best cheese for mac and cheese?

Good question! The right kind of cheese makes a difference in making it creamy and tasty, too! You have so many options when it comes to the kind of cheese to use. While we did use Velveeta Cheese and some shredded cheddar cheese to make it taste as close to how KFC makes it, feel free to use sharp cheddar, parmesan, gouda, and goat cheese to make your version. Though we do recommend staying away from pre-shredded cheeses, Monterey Jack, or even feta cheese. The pre-shredded ones have preservatives that keep them from sticking to each other. Both Monterey Jack and feta cheese are crumbly and dry.

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Conclusion

No need to go through the drive-through line! You can make a copycat of KFC's mac and cheese with a few simple ingredients. If you're making some crispy chicken for dinner, why not add a bowl of this delicious mac and cheese to complement it?

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