Wednesday, October 24, 2012

RECIPE: Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese Casserole

Do I really even need to write an introduction for a post about buffalo chicken mac & cheese casserole? You're right, I didn't think so...


BUFFALO CHICKEN MAC & CHEESE CASSEROLE (serves 6-8)
1 stick unsalted butter
8 slices white bread (cubed into small pieces)
5 c low-fat milk
1/2 c flour
3 t salt
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t pepper
1/2 t cayenne pepper
1 t garlic powder
5 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 c shredded jack cheese
1 lb cooked pasta (i bought medium shells)
1 lb cooked chicken, shredded
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
3/4 c frank's red hot sauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 3 qt casserole dish. In a large saucepan, melt 6 T butter and whisk in the flour. Continue to whisk until the mixture turns golden brown, about 3 minutes.

Slowly add milk to the mixture, continuing to whisk to break up clumps. Continue to whisk the mixture until it thickens, about 10 minutes. Add the seasonings, then gradually add 4 cups of the cheddar cheese and 1.5 cups of the jack cheese. Continue to stir until all cheese is melted.

In a medium bowl, combine chicken, hot sauce, and onions. To build the casserole, layer the ingredients twice: noodles, then cheese sauce, buffalo chicken, then remaining cheddar cheese. Melt 2 T butter and combine with bread cubes, then spread them across the top of the casserole. Bake for 30 minutes or until top begins to brown and cheese begins to bubble.

11 comments:

  1. Looks so yummy, girlfriend! I need to make this asap!!

    PS - You're on my blog today!! :)
    http://megnificentlife.blogspot.com/2012/10/meet-girls.html

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    1. yes you do! i recently found a recipe for pumpkin mac & cheese that i'm curious about. i may have to try that next!

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  2. this looks so yummy! Found you through Meg's blog today.

    Your blog is so pretty! I love the design and colors!
    *new follower :)

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    1. thanks, veronica! just had the blog re-designed last week. :) this dish is DEFINITELY yummy. i foresee making it a few more times this fall/winter! going to visit your blog now...

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  3. oh yum! this mac and cheese casserole sounds yummy! and i think veggies on the side help reduce the calories from the mac and cheese ;-)

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  4. It is six am and now I want this casserole! Maybe later today. Looks so yummy!

    Hi! I found your blog through the Lipgloss and Crayons giveaway, thank you! I am glad to find you today!

    Can I invite you to come to my Halloween Blog Party? You can upload your treats, costume, whatever!

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    1. hey there! so glad you stopped by. :) i love that you blog is dedicated to nail polish! how cool! it makes me want to take a break from work and paint my nails right now. i love the idea of your halloween blog party. i'll work on putting a post together and let you know!

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  5. This sounds pretty good!
    I nominated you...
    http://partofthatworldblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/liebster-award.html

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