Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Quick and easy Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, using Barilla Whole Grain Pasta, scores winning points on the home front.

On Super Bowl Sunday our house was filled with eager friends and enticing food. We had wings and sliders and a variety of finger foods and cakes, but the dish that seemed to get the most attention was a dip.

Ahem … a dip that I did not make.

That’s alright. I don’t mind being shown up. After tasting our friend Eric’s Buffalo Chicken Dip, my mind starting churning with inspiration. This dip would taste great with nearly anything, so why not use it as a springboard for other recipes?

Barilla Whole Grain Pasta

When I received a package of Barilla’s Whole Grain Pasta in the mail, I knew this was the place to start. Think about it … creamy buffalo chicken dip and pasta. This was a no-brainer.

Easy Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Pin It

This Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese is incredible. INCREDIBLE. With tender chunks of chicken, bits of sweet bell pepper, fresh green onion and a rich zippy cheese sauce, it is a true crowd-pleaser.

Healthy Mac and Cheese

It is so easy to prepare, you’ll be more than happy to whip it up when your family begs for it over and over! And trust me, they will.

Buffalo Blue Cheese

With a brick of cream cheese, store-bought hot wing sauce and good-quality blue cheese dressing, you can make a truly amazing cheese sauce to pour over your pasta. You can also make a LIGHT version of Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese by adding low-fat cream cheese and reduced-calorie dressing. In addition, Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese is a great way to use up leftover chicken.

COOK’S NOTES: If buying pre-shredded cheese, make sure to select one without fillers that melts well.

Buffalo Chicken PastaClassic Dishes and Bakeware from Villeroy & Boch.

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Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:

13.25 oz. box pasta (shells, penne or rotini)
1 lb. cooked chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 small bell peppers, red and yellow, seeded and diced
1 bunch chopped green onions, divided
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup GOOD blue cheese dressing
1/2 - 3/4 cup Buffalo Hot Wing Sauce
3 cups shredded cheese, divided (cheddar, mozzarella or a blend)
3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Boil the pasta in salted water according to package instructions. Drain and transfer to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.

Add the cooked chicken, chopped bell peppers, 3/4 of the green onions, and 2 1/4 cups of shredded cheese to the baking dish. Mix well.

Place the garlic, cream cheese, blue cheese dressing and 1/2 cup hot wing sauce in a food processor. Puree until smooth, taste and add another 1/4 cup hot wing 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, then sprinkle with the remaining green onions.

Bake until golden, approximately 30-40 minutes.

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274 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese”

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    Daniela — March 3, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

    Hello,
    Your site it’s magic … Hear me ? MAGIC !!!
    Because your recipes are outstanding … I don’t have words for those :)
    Keep going so…
    One question : when you say ” GOOD blue cheese dressing” …you think at …
    ( you mean …. )
    I’m from a country that we don’t have many options …. But for this recipe i’ll order for sure from Amazon or EBay
    Many thanks !!!
    Daniela

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    • Sommer — March 3rd, 2014 @ 8:12 pm

      Thanks Daniela!

      Try looking for a blue cheese dressing in the refrigerated section at your grocery store. :)

      Reply

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    Daniela — March 7, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

    Thank you for answer sweety ! :)
    Did someone told you that you like Kylie Minogue :) ( as seen in photo )
    Big huh ,
    Daniela

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    Daniela — March 7, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

    I wanted to write ” big hug ” :)))

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    A Young Wife — August 17, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

    This looks so delicious! Two of my favorite things combined! This will be a hit in my house, I can’t wait to try it. :)

    Reply

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