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Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Rated as 4.61 out of 5 Stars

"I saw my local ballpark was introducing Buffalo chicken mac and cheese and 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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Ingredients

35 m servings 781 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

Directions

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  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, 8 minutes. Drain.
  2. Cut wings and legs off rotisserie chicken. Skin and bone wings and legs; chop or shred dark meat into bite-size pieces.
  3. Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Whisk in flour gradually 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 until sauce is smooth, about 1 minute more. Reduce heat and season sauce with black pepper.
  4. Stir Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese into the sauce until melted and combined. Stir in hot sauce, adjusting to reach desired level of spiciness. Add blue cheese, chicken, and macaroni; mix well to combine.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Notes:
  • 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; 41.9 g fat; 51.7 g carbohydrates; 47.3 g protein; 157 mg cholesterol; 978 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Not a mac and cheese fan and never have been but I am a huge fan of the buffalo flavor and decided to give this a try. Excellent! I was very much impressed and so was the hubby. I did use chicke...

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This is such a wonderful concept. I really wanted to like it, but I just didn't care for it. The sauce is more of a cheesy cream sauce and in my opinion doesn't have enough of that cheese flavor...

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Not a mac and cheese fan and never have been but I am a huge fan of the buffalo flavor and decided to give this a try. Excellent! I was very much impressed and so was the hubby. I did use chicke...

Great dish! We doubled it and took it to a BBQ. We were a little shocked that it took center stage over everything our friends had prepared for their party. They wanted the recipe so I referred...

Anything "Buffalo" catches my attention. This recipe was excellent. My family aren't big blue cheese fans so I substituted a half cup of blue cheese dressing. I also put the ingredients in a 9 ...

Love love love this stuff! This recipe is very easy to make and tastes delicious! I followed the recipe exactly as stated - except that I used penne noodles instead of elbow macaroni - and i...

Big hit in our house. Mostly followed the recipe. Did add more of the rotisserie chicken. 2 stalks of finely chopped celery. And used 1/4 cup of gorgonzolla cheese. Mixed up 1 cup of Panko with...

I made this tonight and it was delicious. A little sharp bite but not too hot. Give the milk patience to thicken- took me about 8 minutes with constant stirring. I added breadcrumbs to the top ...

Pretty good! I made half the recipe and decreased the butter to 1 1/2 tbsp. I used skim milk. Still very rich. I'd make it again.

This is such a wonderful concept. I really wanted to like it, but I just didn't care for it. The sauce is more of a cheesy cream sauce and in my opinion doesn't have enough of that cheese flavor...

This was so very good! And you can tell because most of the reviews did not include a paragraph about how they altered the recipe! As is, perfect! What drew me in was the photo - it didn't look ...