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Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

This easy stove-top recipe combines the creaminess of mac and cheese with spicy buffalo chicken for a quick dinner
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Western
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 521kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (452g) macaroni cooked according to package directions
  • ½ cup (113g) butter
  • ½ cup (68g) flour
  • 2 cups (500ml) milk
  • 1 cup (140g) chicken cooked and shredded
  • cup (75ml) buffalo hot sauce
  • 1 cup (113g) mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 ½ cups (169g) cheddar cheese shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the flour and stir to combine, cook for 2 minutes.
  • Pour in the milk and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the sauce starts to thicken (around 4 minutes).
  • Mix in the chicken and buffalo sauce.
  • Add the cheeses and cook for 2 more minutes, or until fully melted.
  • Stir in the macaroni, making sure to coat evenly.

Notes

  • Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. If the cheese sauce is too thick once you add the macaroni you can thin it by adding a little bit of the pasta waster at a time until it reaches the desired consistency. 
  • There is no need to heat the chicken before adding to the pan. It will heat through while the cheese melts. 
  • Taste for seasoning before adding the salt. Sometimes the butter and cheese add enough saltiness and additional salt may not be needed. 
  • Use Leftover Chicken - Buy rotisserie chicken on sale, shred it, and store it in the freezer.
  • Use What You Have -  Use the noodles and cheese that you have on hand rather than buying something special. Both the cheese and noodles can be swapped with other kinds. 
  • Shop Sales - Pasta is shelf stable and cheese freezes well so look for both on sale. 
Store - Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave. Add a bit of water if the sauce has become dry. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 619mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 786IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 310mg | Iron: 1mg