Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

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This Buffalo chicken mac and cheese recipe was first introduced to me at my local ballpark, and I thought it was a great idea! This is what I whipped up. Serve with celery sticks and beer. Let me know what you think.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
Servings:
8

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni

  • 1 rotisserie-roasted chicken

  • 6 tablespoons butter

  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 3 cups milk

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • ½ cup hot sauce (such as Frank's® Redhot®), or more to taste

  • ½ cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain.

  2. Cut wings and legs off rotisserie chicken. Remove skin and bones from wings and legs; chop or shred dark meat into bite-sized pieces.

  3. Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour until a thick paste forms. Cook until golden, about 1 minute. Pour in milk, whisking constantly, until thickened and bubbling, about 5 minutes. Continue to cook and stir until sauce is smooth, about 1 minute more. Reduce heat and season with pepper.

  4. Stir Cheddar and Monterey Jack into the sauce until melted and combined. Stir in hot sauce to the desired level of spiciness. Add Gorgonzola, chicken, and macaroni; mix well to combine.

Tips

Save chicken breasts and carcass for another use. You can dice some of the white meat in addition to the dark meat if you like, but I find using only dark meat enhances the "Buffalo chicken" flavor.

Substitute your choice of blue cheese for the gorgonzola if desired.

For more heat, you can add ground cayenne pepper.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of chicken. The actual amount of chicken consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

781 Calories
42g Fat
52g Carbs
47g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 781
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 23g 113%
Cholesterol 157mg 52%
Sodium 978mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 47g
Vitamin C 11mg 54%
Calcium 594mg 46%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 532mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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