Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

The weather around here remains very wet and wintry like. It’s not really cold, just wet. Very wet. This is not a surprise being the Pacific Northwest. If I was not trying to get a fence and a vineyard in, quite frankly I wouldn’t care. However, the weather is wearing on my nerves a bit and thosegrapevines need to get in the ground and take root before warmer weather takes hold. I know, I know, welcome to the world of farming.

Anyway, this dish warms the tummy, calms the nerves and serves as the ultimate comfort food. I never seem to get enough of buffalo wings so why not buffalo mac & cheese.

Serve as a side dish or a main course. It makes a lot too so you can feed a crowd or use it for lunches all week.

I think you will like it, give it a try.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9 x 13 baking dish. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, melt 3 Tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chicken and garlic and cook 2 minutes, then add 1/2 cup hot sauce and simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 more minute.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and mustard with a wooden spoon until smooth. Whisk in the half-and-half, then add the remaining 1/4 cup hot sauce and stir until thick, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, then whisk in the sour cream until smooth.

Spread half of the macaroni in the prepared baking dish, then top with the chicken mixture and the remaining macaroni.

Pour the cheese sauce evenly on top. Put the remaining 2 Tablespoons butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until melted. Stir in the panko, blue cheese and parsley. Sprinkle over the macaroni.

Bake until bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving. Drizzle with some wing sauce for color.

Garnish with even more wing sauce, blue cheese and sour cream if you like, we did!

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese
Food Network Magazine

7 Tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the dish
Kosher salt
1 pound elbow macaroni
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce, divided
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons dry mustard
2-1/2 cups half-and-half
1 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
8 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded
2/3 cup sour cream
1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9 x 13 baking dish. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, melt 3 Tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chicken and garlic and cook 2 minutes, then add 1/2 cup hot sauce and simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 more minute.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and mustard with a wooden spoon until smooth. Whisk in the half-and-half, then add the remaining 1/4 cup hot sauce and stir until thick, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, then whisk in the sour cream until smooth.

Spread half of the macaroni in the prepared baking dish, then top with the chicken mixture and the remaining macaroni. Pour the cheese sauce evenly on top. Put the remaining 2 Tablespoons butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until melted. Stir in the panko, blue cheese and parsley. Sprinkle over the macaroni. Bake until bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving. Drizzle with some wing sauce for color.

Garnish with even more wing sauce, blue cheese and sour cream if you like!

Two Years Ago: My Date With a Bulldozer


Post a Comment

82 Comments and 1 Reply

  1. Mary 1

    This reminds me of the mac and cheese that little girl that cried all the time made on The Food Network Ultimate Recipe Showdown. Your’s seems much simpler and I might just have to try it!!!

    Reply
  2. annbb 2

    YUM! Tho I do not think Jorge (Cruise) would approve. Poo!

    Reply
  3. Cassie 3

    Hello! THIS sounds awesome!

    Reply
  4. OMG! This looks dangerously good! My husband might buy me a new car if I made him a tray of this stuff!

    Reply
  5. dawn 5

    Holy must have it tomorrow…yum!

    Reply
  6. Laurie 6

    My teenagers two favorite things are Buffalo chicken and mac and cheese. They are going to love this!

    Reply
  7. Debbi 7

    This looks fantastic and something I would totally make. But for the blue cheese, not a fan of that. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

    Reply
  8. Allie 8

    Okay, I have blogged about buffalo chicken and mac and cheese but never would have thought about putting the two together. Just brilliant! I will definitely be trying this :)

    Reply
  9. nina 9

    Bookmarked this one….I often have to feed a crowd and this is just the recipe I need! Good luck with the planting!

    Reply
  10. The weather does cooperate sometimes and you will be surveying your glorious vineyard in the sunshine one of these days. In the meantime good call with the homey casserole:D Mac n cheese is such comforting food.

    Reply
  11. Julia 11

    I hope the weather turns around soon. It’s really been a miserable winter all of the country!

    I’d say the buffalo mac and cheese is a good way to chase away the blues..

    Reply
  12. Uhhh…yum.

    Reply
  13. Sounds like a good hearty dish. Can’t go wrong with this one!

    Reply
  14. This is comfort food at its best.

    Reply
  15. Kristen 15

    Whoa! What a great combination of flavors!

    Reply
  16. Wow! My son will love this one!

    Reply
  17. Lea Ann 17

    Wishing you some sunshine and fences. This looks wonderful.

    Reply
  18. I think I gained 5 pounds just reading this post. I’m really trying hard not to lick the screen. This is definitely a dish for the doldrums of a rainy day.

    After reading your status updates in FB, I do feel for you trying to get everything done in the wet weather. If it makes you feel any better, it’s pretty miserable on both coasts right now! Sending my wishes for sunshine, dryness, and a well-planted vineyard!

    Reply
  19. June 19

    Yumm – what a great combination of flavors! Can’t wait to try it.

    Reply
  20. Tammy 20

    I wish I could each Mac and Cheese.

    Reply
  21. dawn 21

    you are the champ of mac & cheese dishes you know. anytime i want to make a kicked up mac & cheese dish i come here. you have the best creations.

    Reply
  22. Lisa 22

    My kids would love this! With all that spiciness I might too. It sounds like a great twist on the usual mac and cheese.

    Reply
  23. NWCajun 23

    This definitely looks worth an extra 90 minutes on the elliptical machine. As for the rain here in the valley, it usually only lasts until the 4th of July.

    Reply
  24. Larry 24

    That sure does look and sound good.

    Reply
  25. so filled with flavors… love this recipe, a keeper indeed

    Reply
  26. Lena in VT 26

    Comfort food in a pan!!!!

    Reply
  27. OMG-now that’s comfort food! Two foods I love together! My kids just went, ewwww! So I’d better make this for a crowd!

    Reply
  28. grace 28

    barbecue sauce and pepper jack–two staples in my diet. great batch of comfort food, cathy!

    Reply
  29. Marjie 29

    I love M&C, but only as a side dish. The cheddar sounds wonderful with everything else, and, with the hot sauce, you have to have the sour cream, I’d think!

    Reply
  30. lo 30

    What’s not better with a bit of hot sauce, I ask? :) Buffalo mac & cheese is definitely one of my favorites. All you need is a beer and a bit of time alone.

    Reply
  31. Mrs. L 31

    My first thought when I saw this on the Food Network Recipe Showdown was “I bet Noble Pig could make a better version”.

    Reply
  32. Robin O. 32

    Such a weird coincidence I made this recipe yesterday and was just stopping by to see what you might have whipped up over the weekend! Really wierd! Anywho…. this recipe is indeed delish and kind of a modern comfort food. Great choice. You should give wine pairings with your recipes.

    Reply
  33. Bob 33

    Love it.

    Reply
  34. Lisa Sipple 34

    Oh seriosu yumminess, wow, wow!

    Reply
  35. Ally 35

    Well, you’ve somehow managed to pair my two favorite things – mac and cheese and buffalo wings. What a great combination!

    Reply
  36. This looks so good! I have leftover baked chicken…a lot of it actually, and I know exactly where it’s going!

    This and a great big huge tossed salad…YUM!

    Reply
  37. Oh My goodness this is serious comfort food, I’m going to have to make this. I just did a post on my family’s comfort food Spag Bol Casserole but I think this might beat ours hands down.

    Reply
  38. Evo 38

    That looks fab. It’s one of those dishes I can’t leave alone when I make a big batch, I keep going back for another forkful!

    Reply
  39. Seriously, is there anything better than mac ‘n cheese…YES there is…when you do it this way! Great recipe. Thanks. Btw, am trying to get to culinary school. Please check out my site and let me know what you think of the ‘desperate times call for creative measures’ road I am taking to get there.

    Reply
  40. Sarah S 40

    I’m drooling

    Reply
  41. this looks absolutely amazing.
    I just showed my boyfriend, simply put “oooo, I want” Caveman speak for a must make.

    Reply
  42. Natty 42

    Oh my, this looks too good. I think I need to make some this week! Manly comfort food!

    Reply
  43. yummy

    Reply
  44. Deana 44

    I made this for dinner tonight. It was really really really good. I did sub half the cream for 1% milk and next time I will use straight milk. It was very rich and quite heavy but super delicious!!!!

    Reply
  45. Bob B. Bobberson 45

    I just came in my pants after reading this article.

    Reply
  46. Lindsay 46

    Just saw this in the magazine and thought it looked so good. I am going to have to try it soon.

    Reply
  47. Pam 47

    This looks amazing, rich and so delicious. Nicely done.

    Reply
  48. Chris 48

    How fantastically delicious looking! I can’t wait to try this. I think I might cook up some chicken myself instead of rotisserie, though.

    Reply
  49. Paula 49

    Now this is what I love to see … new twists on old favorites. I’m sitting here thinking about how brilliant this recipe is. It’s going into my folder right now! YUM!

    Reply
  50. christine 50

    BACON,CRISPY BACON, I am making this thur. despite my broken ankle..maybe i might like mac & cheese finally!

    Reply
  51. Hannah 51

    I may have died and went to heaven…

    Reply
  52. Nicole 52

    Making this ASAP. My husband says thank you in advance!

    Reply
  53. Jamie 53

    I’m excited to make this great looking mac and cheese.

    Reply
  54. Brandy 54

    Looks yummy! Can’t wait to try the buffalo mac-n-cheese! Oooey, gooey cheesy fun!

    Reply
  55. Beth 55

    I just made this recipe and it was quite good. I only took about half a bowl of it and that was enough. As one can imagine, it’s very filling. Now I can go take a nap!

    Reply
  56. Bekah 56

    SO I made this last night. Absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Although, I’m not a big fan of Blue Cheese so I just replaced it with Feta. Still VERY appetizing though. My boyfriend loves hot and spicy and so do I so this was perfect! I’m still trying to figure out what main dish would go well with it though.

    Reply
  57. Chris 57

    Yum. I made this the other night for my wife after a long day of work – the perfect comfort food! We cut out most of the butter – who made this originally? Paula Dean? – using just 1 tablespoon of butter for sauteing the veggies. Came out fantastic.

    Reply
  58. Devin 58

    This looks so good! I really want to try it argh. Hm i think thats what I’m going to do now!

    Reply
  59. Danielle 59

    Just got the fixins to make this bad boy. Can’t wait!

    Reply
  60. mike 60

    looks good will try this one

    Reply
  61. Jessica 61

    Just made this for the family tonight. I currently have a head cold, so didn’t taste much other than the wing sauce, but everyone else raved about it! There are definitely leftovers after feeding four people. Another great recipe!

    Reply
  62. ZachandDiane 62

    We made it and it turned out amazing!

    Reply
  63. Calm down.

    Reply
  64. I just made this recipe last night for my family. My parents don’t eat spicy food, but they ate this one and said they would eat it again! It was amazing. I’ve tried other cheese sauces before and their texture has always been off to me. But this one was spot on perfect! I’ve had it every meal (except breakfast) since last nights dinner! Great job!

    Reply
  65. Laura 65

    Is there a link or way I could instantly print just the recipe??
    If there is, I can’t find it. I am not very good with this Puter stuff. So I need all the help I can get.
    Thanks,
    Laura

    Reply
  66. Noble Pig 66

    Scroll up and next to the time and date this article was posted is a printing icon. Click on it and it takes you to a printer-friendly page.

    Reply
  67. Kylie 67

    I am an avid food gawker. I absolutely LOVE looking at food blogs… but I rarely comment on them. I don’t know why — I appreciate them so much, I should write more often than I do.

    I just wanted to let you know how much I admire your blog… and this recipe in particular. Definitely going to be making this one, and DEFINITELY going to enjoy it.

    Thank you for all of your hard work — it is adored by so many more than those who speak up. :)

    Reply
  68. Sarah 68

    I tried this and it was soooo good. Totally a keeper!

    Reply
  69. Christina 69

    I tried this recipe once for a family party, I didn’t have it out of the oven 5 minutes before a majority of it was gone.

    Now I get requests to make it for every function.

    Reply
  70. Sarah 70

    I made this on Tuesday night. Its Thursday morning and its very nearly gone! Everyone loved it! It is absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Not a difficult recipe at all and a big big hit!

    Reply
  71. Wow! That looks divine. I would omit blue cheese but be all about everything else in that dish! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Reply
  72. Patty 72

    Great recipe! I made it this past wkend and your directions were easy to follow, uncomplicated ingredients. It tasted awesome. This is going in my notebook to make again!

    Reply
  73. Scott 73

    This recipe is fantastic. I made this for my wife and we just loved it. Super easy to make, outstanding direction. The only thing I would consider doing different is making it with a hotter sauce. Thank you for a fantastic recipie.

    Reply
  74. Scott 74

    This recipe is fantastic. I made this for my wife and we just loved it. Super easy to make, outstanding direction. The only thing I would consider doing different is making it with a hotter sauce. Thank you for a fantastic recipie.

    Reply
  75. sue 75

    does anyone have a suggestion for side dishes with this- definitely green salad but what else ?

    Reply
  76. Dana 76

    Omg! Yummy…my husband was hesitant when I told him what I was making, thought it sounded too rich. He LOVED it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
  77. Carol 77

    I had been wanting to make mac & cheese for awhile but when I saw this recipe I knew it was exactly what I was looking for-even better the next day!

    Reply
  78. Marjebeau 78

    We made this for the second time tonight, and both times it was awesome! Definitely one of my desert island foods

    Reply
  79. K. Xiong 79

    This recipe was most fantastic. Made it for lunch earlier today, and wow, fantastic flavors.

    Reply
  80. Ryan 80

    Assembled a double batch last night and cooked it at a tailgate today (UW Huskies v. Colorado Buffalo-seemed appropriate). Used extra chicken and substituted for some of the cheeses (Mexican 4 cheese blend, aged Coastal cheddar, Monterey jack, and bleu). Also mixed the noodles with the cheese sauce, then layered it up, rather than layering first and then pouring the cheese over the top.

    It was AWESOME! A massive amount of food, served with smoked, pulled pork on the side, devoured almost instantly. Thanks for the recipe -will definitely keep this one.

    Reply
  81. Elizabeth 81

    I made this last night and we loved it.My elderly mother who is 89 lives with me.I care for her.She thought the picture looked good.When I served it at supper with a salad and rolls she loved it a lot she said.She told me the next morning that she hoped I made a lot of that casserole we had because it was so good she wanted more.I was afraid it would be too hot for her but the other ingredients help cool that hot down some so it was not too bad.Very delish.I will make this a lot.I did substitute milk and butter for the half and half .And I used 1% milk and it did not hurt the recipe at all.Everybody should try this.It would be great for company or a dish to take to a pot luck or dinner somewhere.I plan on freezing part of this one.Hope that it freezes well . We will see and I will let you know.Thanks for the recipe.I just found your site and we are going to try several of the recipes this month.I look forward to following you for new and other recipes.

    Reply
  82. Venessa 82

    Hope this isn’t a dumb question ( I still consider my self a novice cook), but do you think u can substitute feta cheese for the blue cheese?

    Reply
    • Cathy 83

      You could but the classic pairing with buffalo sauce is a pungent cheese like blue. The feta will get lost in the other bold flavors.

      Reply

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>