Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese


A kick of hot sauce and chicken gives a new twist to this old classic, Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese recipe.

Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese

comfort food
simple, home-style food that brings comforting thoughts of home or childhood.


When I hear the words “comfort foodMacaroni and Cheese is one of the first things that comes to mind.  It’s an ooey-gooey food that warms you, makes you feel cozy, soothes you when you need it and reminds you of childhood.

What happens when you mix comfort food with man food?  It’s a recipe made in heaven.   I knew when I first ran across this recipe for Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese it had my family’s name written all over it (with just a few modifications).

Be forewarned, it does take a little more prep time in the kitchen than I expected and it made enough for an army.  So plan accordingly.  It’s well worth the time, and if you’re not serving a crowd you could easily make half the recipe.

It’s also a bit on the hot and spicy side, so you might want to adjust the hot sauce and cheese for your family’s taste!

Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12

Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese

A kick hot sauce gives a new twist to this old classic. Recipe adapted from The Food Network.


  • 6 tablespoons butter (divided) salt
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 pound yellow sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3.5 cups)
  • 8 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F and grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain.
  3. Meanwhile, melt 2 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.
  4. 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 milk and cream, 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.


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55 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese”

  1. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama posted on January 9, 2012 at 6:44 am (#)

    I just did a post yesterday for my version of Buffalo Mac. I think it is one of my new favorite comfort foods! Yours looks delish!!

  2. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy posted on January 9, 2012 at 7:08 am (#)

    I love anything with buffalo sauce! This souds great, thanks!

  3. Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more posted on January 9, 2012 at 7:27 am (#)

    this sounds so good!

  4. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids posted on January 9, 2012 at 8:40 am (#)

    This looks so good! I am pinning it so that I will remember to add it to a Pasta Night when I do my February menu. Yummy!

  5. bridget {bake at 350} posted on January 9, 2012 at 9:45 am (#)

    that sounds AMAZING!!! I’ll be over in about 5 hours. 😉

  6. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on January 9, 2012 at 10:22 am (#)

    This sounds zippy & delicious! Hot sauce, pepper jack & blue cheese…yum!

  7. Maria posted on January 9, 2012 at 10:39 am (#)

    Josh just peeked at the screen and said he wants this for dinner:)

  8. susan posted on January 9, 2012 at 10:48 am (#)

    what a great way to combine to very yummy tastes!! looks like the perfect weeknight meal!

  9. Diane {Created by Diane} posted on January 9, 2012 at 10:55 am (#)

    looks so yummy! LOVE the addition of blue cheese genius!

  10. marla posted on January 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm (#)

    Oh my is this comfort food…in love :)

  11. Tabitha (a.k.a. Penny) posted on January 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm (#)

    I love all things buffalo. It’s a wonder that I have any tastebuds left at all! I am going to pin this to my Main Dishes board and want to invite you to link up with my co-hosts and me on Fridays for Foodie Friday. We love to promote recipes like this.

  12. MandyLynn posted on January 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm (#)

    Oh. Em. Gee. This is an astoundingly delicious looking idea!!!! Clipped! <3

  13. Mary @ Bake Break posted on January 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm (#)

    WOW! Baked macaroni is one of my favorite comfort foods – and I usually add hot sauce in the aftermath – but your addition earlier makes a ton of sense! This looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to try it!

  14. Cassie posted on January 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm (#)

    Mac and cheese has been on my mind lately, this sounds PERFECT!

  15. Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] posted on January 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm (#)

    Looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try it out. Thanks.

    Mac-n-cheese actually doesn’t communicate childhood memories or comfort food to me. In fact, Greek and Mediterranean are my comfort food. My sister and I grew up on it!

  16. Wenderly posted on January 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm (#)

    I could inhale this entire dish. For realz.

  17. Jessica @ How Sweet posted on January 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm (#)

    I can’t even get over this. WANT!

  18. aida mollenkamp posted on January 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm (#)

    Cheryl: This is such an amazing fusion of comfort food. I’m sure it’d be a huge crowd pleaser come Super Bowl time!

  19. Emma posted on January 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm (#)

    I love this recipe! I found it on Food Network’s site a few months ago and have been tweaking it ever since. I am pretty sure my boyfriend would eat it every day if I’d let him. We like it extra spicy, but for a milder taste, I’ve subbed the pepper jack cheese for an 8 oz. block of neufchatel (cream cheese works too).

    Also before bread crumbs and baking, I divide it into smaller pans and freeze portions for later. Makes for a super easy meal when the buffalo craving hits!

  20. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on January 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm (#)

    Darn you, now you have me craving mac n’ cheese! There’s nothing better than pasta and warm gooey cheese sauce.

  21. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting posted on January 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm (#)


  22. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen posted on January 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm (#)

    This looks AMAZING. If it wasn’t snowing here I’d be off to the grocery store right now to buy the ingredients!

  23. naomi posted on January 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm (#)

    This is some serious game day grub!!!! I love it, Cheryl.

  24. Cookin' Canuck posted on January 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm (#)

    Now this is the way to spice up mac ‘n cheese! I’m thinking this would be perfect for a Superbowl party.

  25. Cathy @ Savory Notes posted on January 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm (#)

    Definitely making this for my super bowl party!

  26. leslie posted on January 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm (#)

    Oh my..that is the perfect comfort food!!!!

  27. Kristen posted on January 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm (#)

    I think my son would absolutely flip if I made this. He loves homemade mac and cheese almost as much as he loves hot wings.
    What a great idea for a man pleasing meal!

  28. Monica posted on January 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness that looks delicious!

  29. Amy posted on January 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm (#)

    Delish! I need some now.

  30. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking posted on January 10, 2012 at 6:41 pm (#)

    This sounds perfect! What a great combination.

  31. Bake Up, Little Suzy posted on January 11, 2012 at 2:57 am (#)

    I love all things Buffalo Chicken! I just recently made a Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich, and it was outSTANDing!

  32. shelly (cookies and cups) posted on January 11, 2012 at 7:05 am (#)

    This is like the most perfect combination of two of my favorites :)

  33. nancyc posted on January 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm (#)

    My kids have never been mac and cheese fans – i think this will win them over!

  34. Darlita posted on January 11, 2012 at 8:51 pm (#)

    Sounds DELISH!!! Thanks for sharing:)

  35. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction posted on January 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm (#)

    Wow! All of the football loving men in my life will love this!

  36. Jamie | My Baking Addiction posted on January 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm (#)

    I’m pretty sure that this recipe would be Brian’s version of absolute bliss. Love this, Cheryl!

  37. Tickled Red posted on January 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm (#)

    That looks simply scrumptious. I’m going to make for the guys just as soon as my surfer gets home from his trip 😀

  38. michele@hellolovelyinc posted on January 17, 2012 at 9:40 am (#)

    serious yum going on here.

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  39. kim posted on January 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm (#)

    This is the BEST home made buffalo chicken mac and cheese I have made…. the recipe above could easily feed 8 people. Split the recipe and it was perfect for 2 with leftovers. The pepper jack makes this dish!! YUMMMMMM

  40. Rock Star Dad posted on July 12, 2012 at 9:31 am (#)

    Fellow foodie here. I’m making this tonight. Found you on Ziplist. I’ll let you know how it goes.


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