Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

This post is all about buffalo chicken mac and cheese. A baked pasta casserole version of everyone’s favorite appetizer, buffalo chicken dip. The pasta is hearty and comforting and only requires five key ingredients. 

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Just like the crowd-favorite dip, this buffalo chicken pasta is addictive and hard to stop eating. The base is cream cheese, prepared ranch, and buffalo wing sauce. Once that’s combined you just add shredded cheese, cooked pasta and shredded rotisserie chicken then bake for 20 minutes. You really can’t ask for anything simpler!

Perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner or a cozy evening watching a football game, this buffalo chicken mac and cheese is going to be one of your family favorites. Serve with a side salad or steamed broccoli for a complete meal.

This recipe post is all about how to make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese! It tastes just like Buffalo Chicken Dip but in a pasta form. 

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Key Ingredients in Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese:

You couldn’t ask for an easier dinner that tastes like you put in a lot of effort! Just 5 key ingredients:

  • Rotisserie Chicken – you can always boil or sauté chicken for this recipe, but rotisserie is the easiest!
  • Shredded Cheese – use blocks of cheese and shred them for perfect cheese pulls.
  • Cream Cheese – one block of cream cheese, make sure it’s softened!
  • Ranch Dressing – I love Lighthouse but use your favorite ranch.
  • Buffalo Wing Sauce – Frank’s wing sauce or your favorite.

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese:

Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large pot, get water boiling for your noodles while you prepare the sauce. Cook the noodles to al dente.

Step 2: Make sure your cream cheese is nice and soft, if needed, place it unwrapped on a plate, slice into cubes and heat in 20 second intervals until softened. Place it in a large mixing bowl. Add the ranch dressing and hot sauce. Mix well until it’s combined and the cream cheese is smooth (try to mash any large clumps).

Step 3: Add in the shredded chicken, 1/2 the cheese, and drained noodles. Fold the ingredients using a spatula until evenly combined. Transfer to a greased 9×13 casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese, covering the top. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Tools I Use:

Casserole Dish with Lid

8-Qt Stainless Steel Pot

Silicone Spatulas in Black

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

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Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese is the easiest weeknight dinner. It's loaded with cream cheese, ranch, buffalo sauce and lots of stringy gooey cheese. If you and your family love buffalo chicken dip, you'll adore this pasta!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Mallory Austin

Ingredients

  • 1 block cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 2/3 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken
  • 16 oz. pasta noodles rigatoni, penne, macaroni, etc.
  • 1.5 cups mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 cup cheddar, shredded
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Optional blue cheese crumbles, green onions for serving
  • Butter or non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large pot, get water boiling for your noodles while you prepare the sauce. Cook the noodles to al dente.
  • Make sure your cream cheese is nice and soft*. Place it in a large mixing bowl. Add the ranch dressing and hot sauce. Mix well until it's combined and the cream cheese is smooth (try to mash any large clumps).
  • Add in the shredded chicken, 1/2 the cheeses, and drained noodles. Fold the ingredients using a spatula until evenly combined. Transfer to a greased 9x13 casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese, covering the top. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Notes

** if needed, place cream cheese unwrapped on a plate, slice into cubes and heat in 20 second intervals until softened.
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