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Creamy dreamy buffalo chicken pasta! It's got the perfect kick from buffalo sauce and ranch seasoning!
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Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

It's hard to go wrong in my house when it comes to buffalo chicken and this is no exception! We combined two favorites: spicy chicken and creamy mac and cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy dinner recipes, game day recipes, weeknight dinner recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 739kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dry ranch seasoning powder
  • 2 cups cooked diced chicken
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • Ranch dressing for drizzling over the top

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside in a large mixing bowl.
  • While the macaroni is cooking, melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Slowly add the milk and hot sauce, whisking constantly. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for about 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in 1 cup of the cheddar cheese and all of the mozzarella cheese. Stir until the cheese melts.
  • Pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni.
  • Add the chicken and ranch powder to the cheese sauce and macaroni and stir well to combine.
  • Pour macaroni and cheese into a 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar over the top. Sprinkle on the panko.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions.
  • Serve immediately with ranch dressing and extra hot sauce, if desired.

Notes

If you'd like to add blue cheese to this dish, sprinkle it over the top of the casserole in place of the cheddar. Alternately, stir it in with the cheese sauce. Blue cheese dressing would be great drizzled over the top in place of ranch dressing as well.

Nutrition

Calories: 739kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 2334mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1170IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 597mg | Iron: 2.1mg