Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Here is a really tasty dish that turns ordinary pasta and chicken into a dreamy buffalo chicken casserole! It's over the top mac and cheese with chicken and hot sauce. This is our go to recipe when we have leftover roasted chicken and a game day get together.  I really love this dish using leftover chicken of any kind especially grilled chicken. When we have leftover grilled boneless chicken it brings a smokier flavor and a little different. Rotisserie chicken will work in this recipe great. Either way you will be asked to make this again and again for all those buffalo chicken or mac and cheese fans! Two great tastes in one pan!


buffalo chicken wing flavor in this casserole with boneless chicken, hot sauce, macaroni and cheese all in one casserole dish





Get Casserole Dish for Get Togethers!



When I have a get together with family and friends especially on a game day, this is my go to recipe. Buffalo chicken is always a favorite with everyone, so is macaroni and cheese.



I wanted to make everything all in one pan. The flavors were perfect together.



A little heat in the chicken and macaroni plus the blends of cheeses just took the whole dish to a new level of yum.



Everyone loved it. Actually I had none left. It all went fast! I know to make a double batch of this next time.



Sometimes I used leftover chicken breasts or in a hurry I have even boiled some boneless chicken breasts, shredded them add the sauce in the saute pan.



It still came out great! I really don't think anyone can mess up this easy buffalo chicken mac and cheese casserole it's so easy to make. The only problem is there are no leftovers!



buffalo chicken wing flavor in this casserole with boneless chicken, hot sauce, macaroni and cheese all in one casserole dish




Perfect for using up leftover Chicken!





One of my favorite ways to make chicken is roasting it in the oven.



I take a whole chicken, roast it and if there are any leftovers, it's perfect for this casserole dish.



You can even use store bought package chicken already cut into cubes.



If you're in a hurry, just pick up some grilled or roasted chicken and take it off the bone.


buffalo chicken wing flavor in this casserole with boneless chicken, hot sauce, macaroni and cheese all in one casserole dish




Collage of Buffalo Chicken using boneless Breast meat in a macaroni and cheese casserole with hot sauce and lots of cheese





buffalo chicken wing flavor in this casserole with boneless chicken, hot sauce, macaroni and cheese all in one casserole dish




Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Pin for later


buffalo chicken wing flavor in this casserole with boneless chicken, hot sauce, macaroni and cheese all in one casserole dish



A nice change of pace.



I have always had picky eaters. They just like the same old same old.



Mac and cheese, wings, pizza you know the common game day foods. Cheese is always a big hit no matter what I put it on.



The kids love cheese. This buffalo chicken mac and cheese can have more that what the recipe calls for.



There is never too much cheese in anything right? This casserole was a huge hit.



If you have a family that loves chicken wings and mac and cheese you just hit the jackpot of all casserole dishes. Thank me later.



buffalo chicken wing flavor in this casserole with boneless chicken, hot sauce, macaroni and cheese all in one casserole dish




Watch the video for instructions





Here Some Other Great Pasta Dishes To Try

Cold Pasta Salad
Tagliatelle Peas and Prosciutto
Classic Baked Ziti
Chicken Rigatoni with Hot Sauce
Noodles Romano
Parmesan Veggie Penne
Ziti with Sausage and Peppers
Chicken Riggie Fest





buffalo chicken wing flavor in this casserole with boneless chicken, hot sauce, macaroni and cheese all in one casserole dish

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
Salt, pepper and cayenne to taste
1/2 pound baby shells or elbow macaroni
1 1/2 cups shredded boneless chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken)
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup Frank's hot sauce, divided
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1 cup milk or half and half
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 1/4 cup  shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs or buttery crackers crushed
 Optional: 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese dressing or ranch for garnish
granulated garlic 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a large casserole dish.
Bring a pot of water to a boil, season with salt, and add the pasta and cook until al dente.
Drain and set aside.
In the meantime, in a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and stir in the
chicken and garlic. Cook for a couple minutes then add 1/4 cup of the hot sauce and mix it all
together until well combined. Put the chicken mixture in a bowl and set aside.
Melt 2 tbsp. butter in the skillet over medium heat and whisk in the flour and mustard powder
until smooth. Then whisk in the milk and cream and add the remaining 1/2 cup of hot sauce
and stir until thick. Whisk in the cheddar and pepper jack cheese until melted and smooth then whisk in the sour cream until all evenly blended.
In the buttered baking dish, spread half of the macaroni in the bottom of the dish then top
with the buffalo chicken mixture and then the remaining macaroni. Pour on the cheese sauce evenly on top.
Put the remaining 2 tbsp. of butter in a small bowl in the microwave to melt. Stir in the panko, sprinkle granulated garlic over the top (or if using the crackers ) then add the  bleu cheese or ranch over the macaroni.

Bake for ­40 minutes or until browned and bubbly. I like to broil it a few seconds to get really brown on top.
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buffalo chicken wing flavor in this casserole with boneless chicken, hot sauce, macaroni and cheese all in one casserole dish

14 comments

  1. Wow, my family would go nuts over this. Two of their favorite things in one dish!!

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  2. This dish is something that everyone can come back for. It is comfort food in a pan and love the cheesy hot sauce .

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  3. Such a delicious mac and cheese! I love the idea of making this with leftover chicken!

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  4. Buffalo anything is great for game day, but mac and cheese is so awesome!

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  5. I love how you combined two great flavors and recipes into one! Great comfort food for sure!

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  6. Buffalo chicken mac and cheese is one of my family's favorites. And I make a very similar recipe to this one!

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  7. Wow, this recipe looks so delicious! I like all the ingredients included in this recipe. This is a great idea for dinner. I definitely want to try it and I'm sure it is very tasty! Thanks for sharing this great recipe! YUM!

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  8. Wow, proper comfort food. I wish I had this sitting in front of me right now!

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  9. I am such a carb lover. There is not a pasta dish I DO NOT like. We love chicken here too. I know my grandkids would love this next time they come for a sleepover.

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  10. I really like that you used leftover grilled chicken, and then paired this with mac n'cheese. An easy recipe with one of my favorite dishes-mac n' cheese. I can't wait to try this one this week!

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  11. There's nothing quite like ooey, gooey baked mac & cheese! I've been eating it since I was a kid, but have never tried it with chicken before. This looks so delicious

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  12. Two great flavors in one! I think the family would love the added punch of the Buffalo Chicken flavors in classic mac & cheese.

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  13. This dish sounds so flavorful, perfect for family cookout this summer, thank you!

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  14. I love the spicy touch of mac and cheese, that too with chicken so yum. My kind of dinner, when I am lazy to cook, I can make this for dinner.

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