Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Mac 'n Cheese

Three days a week, I’ve been bounding out of bed and onto a treadmill, if for no other reason than because I love good food. And let’s be real… it’s about time to face the music and cut out some of my delicious vices. But! There’s no reason a good granola eating girl can’t indulge once in a while, and oh did I. With a few green things thrown in, of course.

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

With all these fabulous flavors in one dish, my inner fat girl rejoiced! Though my sensible skinny girl had a little self control and stopped at one serving.

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni 'n Cheese

A creamy mixture of blue cheese, buffalo sauce, garlic and cream cheese coated a bed of penne, vegetables, chicken and cheese, which was dusted with breadcrumbs and popped into the oven for just over half an hour. Hello, heaven? It’s Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese calling.

Buffalo Chicken Mac 'n Cheese Recipe

Try this as a tasty weeknight meal that’s easy and fast, or as a delicious dish to devour with fellow football lovers! It may be a little sinful, but it’s totally heavenly for when you’re craving something bad that’s OH SO good!

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Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese

Yield: Serves 8

Ingredients:

13 oz. box whole grain pasta (penne, shells or rotini)

1 lb. cooked chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 small bell peppers, red and yellow, seeded and chopped

1 bunch chopped green onions, divided

2 garlic cloves, minced

8 oz. cream cheese

1 cup blue cheese dressing (recommended: Wishbone)

1/2 – 3/4 cup buffalo sauce (recommended: Frank’s Red Hot)

3 cups shredded cheese, divided (cheddar, mozzarella or a blend)

3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Boil pasta in salted water according to package instructions. Drain and transfer to a 13 X 9 inch baking dish. Toss in cooked chicken, bell peppers, half of the green onions, and half of the shredded cheese. Mix well.

Place the garlic, cream cheese, blue cheese dressing and 1/2 cup buffalo sauce in a food processor. Puree until smooth, taste and add another 1/4 cup buffalo sauce if needed. Pour over the pasta and toss.

Mix the remaining 3/4 cup cheese and the panko together. Sprinkle over the top of the pasta.

Bake until golden, approximately 30-40 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining green onions.

Enjoy!

Adapted from A Spicy Perspective

      

36 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese”

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 29, 2012 @ 5:20 am

    Wow, this looks like pure comfort!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — August 29, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    I’ve been indulging too much, but this still looks awesome!!

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    SkinnyMommy — August 29, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    Oh la la! Looks terrific!

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    Jamaican Girl — August 29, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    I’m def going to try this on the weekend. I am on my “practice for Christmas” mission. I have a feeling this will be on for Christmas as well:)

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    Karly — August 29, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    Oh my word, this looks amazing! I’ve been on a huge buffalo chicken kick…you’re not helping!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — August 29, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    Oh yeah, this is DEFINITELY happening. Can this get any better?!

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    Nicole — August 29, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    Your recipes are amazing! I strive to be like you some day!

    Nicole

    http://www.bsugarmama.com

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    Dining Alone — August 29, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    That looks so awesome, I love anything with buffalo sauce :)

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    Guru Uru — August 29, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    Love your twists on mac n cheese :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    We Are Not Martha — August 29, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    This looks incredible! I make a buffalo mac and cheese, too, but mine is super labor intensive so I don’t do it often. Yours is SO pretty- I love the way the sauce looks :)

    Sues

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    Kristy @ the wicked noodle — August 29, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    Holy WOW – that looks SO good!! I love twists on mac ‘n cheese. Can’t wait to make this!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 29, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

    Wow! This is some amazing comfort food!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen — August 29, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    OK I’ve bookmarked this and I’m making it tomorrow for my 14 year old – she will LOVE it! thanks for a super recipe :)
    Mary x

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    Pam — August 29, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    My husband would especially love this!

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    baking.serendipity — August 29, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

    This is so worth the time on the treadmill! It would be absolutely devoured…especially as a football watching food at my house :)

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    Anna @ CrunchyCreamySweet — August 30, 2012 @ 12:56 am

    Ooooh, my Hubs loves buffalo chicken anything so this is perfect! Can’t wait to make this!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — August 30, 2012 @ 3:03 am

    You and me both, girl. I feel like no matter how much I exercise it doesn’t quite get the job done. I love good food too much! And I love this mac and cheese!

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — August 30, 2012 @ 3:54 am

    Ooh that big old pile of chicken and veggies is just calling my name!

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    Magic of Spice — August 30, 2012 @ 4:54 am

    My kids would seriously go crazy for this! All the beat flavors…great recipe and idea :)

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 30, 2012 @ 4:59 am

    Yummy! I make a similar version, but I like the idea of adding cream cheese though. I’m going to give that a try next time!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — August 30, 2012 @ 6:03 am

    Haha you are so cute – this recipe sounds like it matches with your blog name! I love that you always come up with such delicious and comforting recipes to everyone. Hope all is well with you and it cools down a bit in Texas. :)

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    Baker Street — August 30, 2012 @ 6:47 am

    This is comfort food at its best, G! It looks amazing. Love the idea of cream cheese being added :)

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    Not Quite Nigella — August 30, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    That looks so wonderful! And good on you for doing exercise. I really should get into that routine one day! :D

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    Carrie Burrill — August 30, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    Love it! We make a buffalo mac that is on Hubs favorite dishes. Your’s looks amazing.

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    Hotly Spiced — August 30, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    What a great looking mac. I love how this has blue cheese in it. Love the recipe xx

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    DessertForTwo — August 30, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    What a great reason to exercise! :)

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    In Him — August 30, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    Wow my husband will LOOOOVVVEEE this. Can’t wait to try!

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    From Valeries Kitchen — August 30, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    Oh Georgia – this would be so loved in my house full of men. Perfect football food!

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    mireia badia — August 30, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    I’m totally in!! Delicious!!!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — August 31, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    Food is the main reason I exercise. Okay, it’s the only reason, but it’s a good reason.

    This dish looks amazing, and sounds absolutely delicious. And, yes, a girl must indulge every once in awhile.

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    Amy (Savory Moments) — September 2, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    Being from Buffalo and a big macaroni and cheese lover, I can say that I would love this dish! Looks great!

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    Jamaican Girl — September 3, 2012 @ 2:02 am

    I made this today and I have to say it was the easiest Mac n Cheese I have ever made…we didn’t add the chicken. It was very tasty. Will be doing it more often

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    cheryl — September 10, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    this was really yummy!

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    William Robbins — October 8, 2012 @ 12:57 am

    Cooked this tonight with a few mods. Less bell pepper, add a jalapeno. Blue cheese crumbles on top when served. Excellent recipe. 4.5 out of 5. Girlfriend concurs. I will make this again. Often.

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    Venusazaboy — November 10, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    I am trying this recipe out tonight!! Can’t wait! It looks YUM!

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    Amanda at Pink Skyline — May 1, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    Phenomenal recipe! It’s so good and one of my favorite dishes to make, although it takes a while to prep and make. I reduced the cheese a lot since the flavor really comes from the buffalo sauce and also added onion since I love onions. Oh and I subbed in plain Greek yogurt for the cream cheese. I’ve made it a few times for my fiancé and have made it for a Super Bowl get-together I had. I also wrote about it on my website: http://www.pinkskyline.com/2013/04/buffalo-chicken-mac-n-cheese.html
    Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

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