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Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole combines the creamy richness of the cheese and the unexpectedness of the spice in a delicious, easy to make dish.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole, Mac and Cheese Casserole
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 592 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

  • 1 pound elbows macaroni cooked per box directions, aim for al dente
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Cheese Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 1 lb chicken breast cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream or light cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika optional
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Buffalo sauce
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese freshly grated or buy pre-shredded
  • 10 slices bacon cooked

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter or with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

  3. Cook pasta per box directions, aim for al dente. Drain, but don't rinse, mix with olive oil and set aside.

Cheese Sauce:

  1. Place a large saucepan over medium heat and once it's hot add the butter. Stir and melt the butter, carefully not to burn it.

  2. Add chicken and cook stirring until golden brown.

  3. Add the flour and whisk until fully combined.

  4. While still whisking, little by little add the milk, stirring to combine. Take your time and don't rush through this step. Add the cream next.
  5. Add onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, mustard, salt, and pepper.

  6. Stir over low-medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for about 2 minutes.

  7. Stir in Buffalo sauce and sour cream until fully combined. If the sauce is too thick, add more milk or some chicken broth. Taste and adjust the sauce for salt and pepper.
  8. Remove pan from heat and add the 4 cups of cheddar cheese, one cup at a time, stirring after each addition.
  9. Once the cheese is fully melted, add the cooked macaroni and gently stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish. Level the top with a spatula.
  10. Sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese evenly over the surface and top with chopped cooked bacon if using.

Bake:

  1. Bake the casserole uncovered in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Until the top is golden brown and bubbly.
  2. Remove from oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before serving.
  3. Serve topped with extra bacon and if desired chopped parsley.
Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 592 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 1652mg72%
Potassium 427mg12%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 640IU13%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 415mg42%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.