Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

How to make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese with tender chicken in a creamy, spicy 3 cheese Buffalo sauce + bacon and blue cheese.

Dinner | September 12, 2019 | By

Easy, creamy, spicy Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese recipe ~ lightly seasoned with ranch, blended with 3 kinds of cheese for maximum creaminess and cooks all in one pot.

Buffalo chicken, meet macaroni and cheese. It really is a match made in heaven. This is one recipe my kids both love. The last time I made it when they were over, one daughter stood at the stove and ate it right out of the pot with barely a breath between bites.

The other has been “encouraging” me to make it again but only a weekend so she can come by and have some, too. I can’t argue with that logic.

Bottom line, if you love classic spicy buffalo wings and creamy mac and cheese, this is your recipe. But don’t wait for someone to make it for you ~ learn how to make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese yourself. Cheesy, creamy and spicy.  A must for mac lovers. 

How to make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese with tender chicken in a creamy, spicy 3 cheese Buffalo sauce + bacon and blue cheese.

This Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese is not only delicious but the entire dish cooks in just one pot. No boiling the pasta separately. Bonus: bites of blue cheese and crispy bacon on top.

About the cheese:

I recommend freshly grating the cheese. Bagged, pre-shredded cheese has ingredients added to it so the cheese doesn’t clump in the bag and affects the creamy, silkiness of the cheese sauce. However, if you’re pressed for time, you can still have a really good cheese sauce with pre-bagged cheese.

What do I need to make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese?

How to make stove top Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese:

In a deep melt the butter over medium heat then whisk in the flour, cooking 1 minute. This is a roux.

Next pour in the milk and water, blending completely with the roux (butter/flour mixture) then sprinkle in the dry ranch seasoning and (uncooked) elbow macaroni, stirring to combine.

4 step process shots how to make this dish

Cover, bring to a boil the reduce the heat and simmer uncovered 8-10 minutes or until the pasta is al dente stirring frequently to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Add the cream cheese, buffalo sauce and cooked, shredded (or cubed) chicken stirring until the cream cheese is melted then add shredded sharp and mozzarella cheeses stirring gently to combine. 

steps showing how to make this dish

Garnish with additional buffalo sauce, crumbled bacon and blue cheese the serve right away. Optional: transfer to serving dish.

 

How to make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese with tender chicken in a creamy, spicy 3 cheese Buffalo sauce + bacon and blue cheese.

Tip: Microwaving the bacon bits for 10-12 seconds crisps it, giving it a ‘just fried’ taste and texture.

Enjoy!

learn to make this classic tailgating dish spicy buffalo macaroni and cheese

Other fall football and tailgating favorites:

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings: Marinated in a spicy buttermilk-ranch blend, then  “oven fried” until crispy and bursting with bold flavor.

Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix:  Chex cereal, Cheez-It crackers, peanuts and more crunchy-salty goodness with bold buffalo-ranch flavor. 

Cowboy Queso: Warm, spicy dip loaded with two kinds of cheese, chorizo sausage, black beans, corn, tomatoes and fresh cilantro with a squeeze of lime for that extra burst of flavor. Serve it up with tortilla chips.

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili: Creamy with tender chicken, white beans, corn and green chilies in every bite. Topped off with sliced avocado, extra cheese, tortilla strips and sour cream.

Classic Spicy Ground Beef Chili: Packed with ground beef, beans and bold, spicy flavor. Quick stove top and slow cooker recipe options.

Enjoy!

How to make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese with tender chicken in a creamy, spicy 3 cheese Buffalo sauce + bacon and blue cheese.How to make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese with tender chicken in a creamy, spicy 3 cheese Buffalo sauce + bacon and blue cheese.

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How to make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese with tender chicken in a creamy, spicy 3 cheese Buffalo sauce + bacon and blue cheese.

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Easy, creamy Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese made all in one pot.
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CourseMain Course
CuisineAmerican
Keywordbuffalo chicken mac and cheese recipe
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Servings6
Calories851kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk 2% used (full fat ok; skim not recommended)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons dry ranch seasoning
  • 2 1/2 cups elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup Frank's Buffalo Wing Sauce or more to taste + 2 T extra for drizzling on top
  • 2 cups cooked chicken rotisserie or leftover, shredded/cubed
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese freshly shredded
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup bacon crumbles (real bacon precooked) - or more to taste

Instructions

  • In a deep melt the butter over medium heat then whisk in the flour, cooking 1 minute. This is what's called a roux.
  • Pour in the milk and water, blending completely with the roux (butter/flour mixture).
  • Sprinkle in the dry ranch seasoning and (uncooked) elbow macaroni, stirring to combine.
  • Cover, bring to a boil the reduce the heat and simmer uncovered 8-10 minutes or until the pasta is al dente stirring frequently to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Add the cream cheese, buffalo sauce and cooked, shredded (or cubed) chicken stirring until the cream cheese is melted then add shredded sharp and mozzarella cheeses stirring gently to combine.
  • Garnish with additional buffalo sauce, crumbled bacon and blue cheese. Serve right away. Optional: transfer to serving dish.
Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 851 Calories from Fat 422
% Daily Value*
Fat 46.9g72%
Cholesterol 182mg61%
Sodium 1095mg48%
Potassium 382mg11%
Carbohydrates 53.5g18%
Fiber 1.8g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 52.3g105%
Calcium 640mg64%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Leave a Reply

    Mary
    September 23, 2016

    I love the idea of individual portions! Picky eaters can add or leave off the blue cheese….whatever they desire. I say more is better! This recipe looks and sounds completely decadent!! Pinned. Thanks for another fantastic recipe. Have a fun and safe weekend.

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      Bernie
      September 26, 2016

      So true Mary – every family has at least one picky eater, right? Thank you so much – decadent was the goal! It was a great weekend here. Hope you enjoyed yours as well and let’s chat later this week. 🙂

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    Lauren
    October 7, 2016

    I made this last night for a girls night in watching Grey’s…AMAZING. You combined 2 of my favorites. I loved how easy it was to put together and totally agree – very decadent. Will be making again!!

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      Bernie
      October 10, 2016

      So glad you enjoyed it! Sounds like a fun evening ~ catching up with friends and watching Grey’s 🙂 My kind of night!

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