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This Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese is made with elbow macaroni, canned chicken, buffalo sauce, and cheese. It is an easy to make, creamy and delicious, oven baked casserole with just enough heat and is pure comfort food for the buffalo flavor fan.

I love to serve this Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese blue cheese crumbles sprinkled over top to my family warm out of the oven. It is a great dinner option but is also great to make for those tailgating or homegating parties during football season.

A serving of buffalo chicken mac and cheese in a bowl with the casserole dish in the background

The Love Affair With Buffalo Flavors

One the chicken wings with buffalo sauce became popular, it seems like the whole world exploded with everything buffalo flavor and the world became infatuated with buffalo style everything!

We are some of those people who became buffalo style fans. The first time I ever made this Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese casserole was for an employee function. Everyone went crazy over the casserole and there wasn’t a bit leftover at the end of the function. 

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What You Need To Make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

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Macaroni – my choice of pasta for this dish is elbow macaroni. It’s the traditional pasta to use for macaroni and cheese.

Buffalo sauce – this is my favorite buffalo style hot sauce.

Canned Chicken makes this an even easier recipe. Just open a can, drain, shred with the fork slightly and stir into the sauce!

Overhead shot of buffalo chicken mac and cheese in a serving bowl with a blue napkin in the background

Tips and Substitutions

  • Use gluten free macaroni for a gluten free recipe
  • Use a combination of cheeses in place of the cheddar cheese. Good cheese to use would be colby, smoked gouda, and mozzarella
  • Substitute 4 ounces of velveeta cheese for 1 cup of the cheddar cheese for a creamier cheesier version.
  • Use any of your favorite pasta styles. I recommend shells, or spirals. They will catch the sauce in the pockets and swirls. 
  • Substitute 2 cups of leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken for the canned chicken
  • Stir 1/2 cup of blue cheese crumbles in with the cheese or add 1/2 cup of blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing to the sauce.

More Buffalo Style Recipes To Make

Buffalo Chicken Sliders 

Buffalo Style Stuffed Eggs 

Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Stuffed Button Mushrooms

Buffalo Chicken Baseballs

Creamy Ranch Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken with Buffalo Sauce

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo Blue Cheese Potato Croquettes

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Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese in a small bowl
Yield: 8

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Creamy and cheesy macaroni and cheese with buffalo sauce and chicken.

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes, or until onion is translucent and butter has browned. cooking onions in butter
    2. Add the flour, salt, and pepper to the onion mixture and whisk, cooking for 2-3 minutes. flour added to cooked onions in saucepan
    3. Gradually pour the milk into the flour mixture, whisking constantly. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thick and bubbly. Stir in the chicken and cheese until melted. chicken added to cheese sauce
    4. Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir to coat. adding macaroni to sauce
    5. Transfer the macaroni and cheese mixture to a 2-quart casserole and sprinkle with bread crumbs and blue cheese crumbles (if using).
    6. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until cheese sauce is bubbly and heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

Tips and Substitutions

  • Use gluten free macaroni for a gluten free recipe
  • Use a combination of cheeses in place of the cheddar cheese. Good cheese to use would be colby, smoked gouda, and mozzarella
  • Substitute 4 ounces of velveeta cheese for 1 cup of the cheddar cheese for a creamier cheesier version.
  • Use any of your favorite pasta styles. I recommend shells, or spirals. They will catch the sauce in the pockets and swirls. 
  • Substitute 2 cups of leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken for the canned chicken
  • Stir 1/2 cup of blue cheese crumbles in with the cheese or add 1/2 cup of blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing to the sauce

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 335Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 71mgSodium 995mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 18g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

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