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The Best Buffalo Chicken Recipe Buffalo Macaroni & Cheese

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Buffalo chicken is a HUGE staple in our household. One of our favorite ways to eat it is cooked with some homemade macaroni and cheese. Think about it- Ooey, gooey cheese with that little spice kick in the end from the buffalo sauce- SO GOOD! Seriously, this Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese recipe is easily one of the best! Oh, and it's even lightened-up. You're welcome!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 298kcal
Author: Organize Yourself Skinny


  • 1 lb package whole grain pasta shells Delallo is my favorite, cooked very al Dente
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups 1% or 2% milk
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce Frank's is the best
  • 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Grated romano or parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups Shredded buffalo chicken use this slow cooker recipe


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a medium to large pot, over medium heat, cook the butter until melted and then whisk in the flour until pasty, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Whisk in the chicken stock and milk.
  • Cook over medium high heat until bubbly, about 5-7 minutes. Whisk as it cooks to keep milk from burning to the bottom of the pan
  • Whisk in granulated garlic, onion powder, salt, and hot sauce. Cook until hot and just starting to bubble, not boiling though.
  • Remove from heat and stir in both cheeses. Stir until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the shredded chicken.
  • Taste for salt.
  • Place pasta in an 9 x 13 baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  • Pour Buffalo chicken sauce over pasta and then stir until it is all evenly coated.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
  • Remove from the oven and then let it sit for about 5 minutes and serve hot.


Make ahead instructions
The chicken for this recipe can be make ahead of time and frozen. Or you can make entire recipe ahead of time and freeze in portions. Or you can assemble and freeze before baking. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator then proceed with cooking instructions.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 14g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g