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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Buffalo Mac & Cheese

We are both big fans of buffalo chicken and mac & cheese, so we had high hopes for this Buffalo Mac & Cheese.  I had several different versions of this recipe bookmarked and decided that I needed to finally get around to making it.  I can't believe I waited so long!  It was so good!  I used some rotisserie chicken and it came together in no time.  I made half of the recipe listed below and it was enough to feed at least 4 people.  We ate the leftovers for lunch the next day.  You must give this a try ASAP!

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese
adapted from Food Network Magazine
6-8 servings
(Printable Recipe)

Kosher salt
1 pound elbow macaroni
5 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup Frank's Buffalo Wing Sauce, divided
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tsp dry mustard
2-1/2 cups half-and-half
3 cups (24 oz) extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2/3 cup sour cream
1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese or gorgonzola

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. 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. 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 cheese, then whisk in the sour cream until smooth.

Mix together chicken, pasta and cheese sauce.  Pour into lightly greased 9x13 pan.  Sprinkle bleu cheese  or gorgonzola over the macaroni. Bake until bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving. Drizzle with some wing sauce for color.

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  1. Wow my two faves in one delicious dish! I need to try this asap! Thank you for sharing! xx

  2. Congrats on winning the recipe contest and the mac & cheese and enchiladas both look outstanding.

  3. Hell yes! I just imported this to my database to try ASAP. The flavors rock!

  4. Mac and cheese is one of my all time favorites.

  5. This is absolutely delicious. I made it for a poker game and it was gone in 20 minutes. Then a few weeks later, I made it for my family and everyone raved about it. It's wonderful leftover, too. Can't wait to make this again. I probably won't share this time around.


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