Thursday, March 3, 2011

Buffalo-Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Yesterday a friend made a really wonderful new recipe for a teacher's event at our children's school.  I was lucky enough to get a quick taste.  Wow!  I knew immediately that I had to share it with all of you even before I make it for my family.  And all of the teachers loved it...not a crumb left in the pan when I returned to clean up after the event.  Thanks for sharing this, Kathy!

Straight from the Food Network website here is the 5 Star recipe...

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Buffalo-Chicken Macaroni and Cheese
Cook Time: 45 minutes   Level: easy   Yield: 6-8 servings
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the dish
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce (preferably Frank's)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 pound yellow sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 8 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. 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. Add the onion and celery and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. 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 cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, then whisk in the sour cream until smooth.

Spread half of the macaroni in the prepared baking dish, then top with the chicken mixture and the remaining macaroni. Pour the cheese sauce evenly on top.

Put the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted. Stir in the panko, blue cheese and parsley. Sprinkle over the macaroni and bake until bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Photograph by Con Poulos


  1. WOW! That sounds amazing! I'm bookmarking this to take to family reunion this year! I'm always looking for something just a little different! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I am always looking for new mac dishes and I will certainly try this one and I have one of those philly things in my fridge which I am dying to try.

  3. that really does sound and look amazing!!! Can't wait to try it out. Thanks!