Buffalo Mac 'n Cheese

Buffalo Mac 'n Cheese

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Pamela Dapice

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@pameladapice

This is a little spicy for younger kids but very tasty. You could add a little ranch or sour cream to tame it for the less experienced palates.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Serves:
8
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 lb
    fusilli or rotini pasta
  • 1 lb
    boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 tsp
    celery seed, crushed
  • 2 tsp
    paprika
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2
    celery ribs; diced
  • 3 clove
    garlic; minced
  • 4 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    dry mustard
  • 2 1/2 c
    2% milk
  • 1/2 c
    buffalo wing sauce
  • 8 oz
    sharp cheddar; shredded
  • 3/4 c
    crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 c
    plain breadcrumbs

How to Make Buffalo Mac 'n Cheese

Step-by-Step

  1. Heat broiler. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boiling. Add pasta and cook 8 minutes, or as stated on package directions; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon of the celery seed, 1 teaspoon of the paprika and the salt.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown chicken, 3 to 5 minutes, until cooked through; set aside.
  4. Lower heat to medium. Add celery to the same skillet and saute 4 minutes. Add garlic; continue cooking for 1 to 2 minutes more. Set aside with chicken.
  5. In saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour and mustard powder, whisking for 2 minutes.
  6. Pour in milk and sauce, whisking until it boils. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat; stir in cheddar, 1/2 cup of the blue cheese and remaining paprika.
  8. Add pasta, celery, garlic and chicken.
  9. Place in a broiler-safe dish.
  10. Microwave remaining tablespoon butter for 30 seconds. Stir in breadcrumbs and remaining 1/2 teaspoon celery seed.
  11. Sprinkle over dish with remaining 1/4 cup blue cheese. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until browned.

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About Buffalo Mac 'n Cheese

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American



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