Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Yum
 
My kids love hot sauce.  Yes... they are taking after me and my love of all things spicy.  We can go through a large bottle of hot sauce (Frank's brand) every few weeks.   This mac and cheese was a big hit with the kids and even the big kids.

 Ingredients:

1lb cooked pasta.

Buffalo Chicken Mixture:
2 large chicken breast (poached)  See notes below*
1 medium onion
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 stalk celery
1 large carrot
1/4 cup of hot sauce (I used Frank's)
1 tsp grated garlic
red chili flakes to taste
salt and black pepper to taste
1 (4oz) brick cream cheese (regular or low fat)
1/4 cup milk
2 cups shredded cheese Cheddar (I recommend Mexican Blend)

 Note:  To poach chicken breast, just place chicken in pan covered by water. Simmer on medium until chicken is fully cooked. Remove chicken and shred.

Directions:

Poach chicken and then shred or dice. Set chicken aside until later.  In food processor chop carrot, onion, bell pepper and celery into fine dice.  Heat large pan with 1 Tbs of canola oil and saute vegetables with garlic for several minutes and season with salt and black pepper.
Next add the shredded chicken, hot sauce, milk and cream cheese.  Mix well and taste for salt and seasoning.

Add 3/4 of shredded cheese and pasta.  Mix well. Butter (or spray) a baking dish and add mac and cheese.  Top with remaining cheese.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.  Serve hot.  Enjoy.



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9 comments:

  1. Yea for your kids liking spicy food. I have been craving mac and cheese and cannot decide if I want the traditional or if I am going to jazz it up. This version is very very tempting.

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  2. My wife and I loovveee buffalo mac n' cheese, soooo good! Your recipe sounds delicious, great job :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  3. My kids and I (yes me!) need to work on eating more spicy food. Japanese food is so mild that we need to train ourselves for spicy food! This sounds so good though. I tried buffalo wings a few times and oh yeah it's a bit too spicy for me. =P

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  4. This looks delish! I how you snuck vegetables into it too!

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  5. Your mac and cheese teamed with buffalo looks fantastic :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  6. I keep seeing Frank's Hot Sauce. I need to find me a bottle. Great Mac & Cheese!!!!

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  7. Did you wean your kids on Frank's? LOL. I could just see you putting Frank's in their baby bottles. My grandsons eat spicy foods, too, because my daughter has been feeding it to them since they were babies. It's really fun to watch kids eat foods with character! Ramona, your Buffalo Mac and Cheese sounds so delicious. I'll bet it's really creamy, too, with the cream cheese in it. Love the idea of the Frank's to shake things up from ordinary mac and cheese.

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  8. 1/4 cup of hot sauce is enough to send me running to my heartburn medicine but this dish would be well worth. I love this spicy version!

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  9. I made this a while back and it tasted so great!

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