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Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

With a creamy homemade cheese sauce, this spicy buffalo chicken mac and cheese is a dish your whole family will love.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword buffalo chicken mac and cheese, crockpot buffalo chicken mac and cheese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 5
Calories 559kcal
Author Ang Paris

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • ½ cup Buffalo sauce I use Frank's Buffalo Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
  • 8 oz pasta shells, uncooked
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • cups milk
  • 6 oz shredded colby jack cheese or cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Place the seasoned chicken breasts into the slow cooker.
  • In a liquid measuring cup, mix the chicken stock and Buffalo sauce with the garlic powder, onion powder and celery salt. Pour over the chicken.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or on LOW for 6-8 hours.
  • Shred the cooked chicken with two forks, then return to crock.
  • Add uncooked pasta and stir to combine. Cook for 40 minutes until the pasta is al dente.

Cheese Sauce

  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium high heat.
  • Whisk in the flour and cook 1-2 minutes.
  • Slowly pour in the milk, while whisking until the flour and milk combine completely.
  • Allo the sauce to simmer for 4-6 minutes, whisking almost constantly, until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the cheese a little bit at a time until it is all melted and the sauce is smooth.
  • Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and chicken mixture in the crockpot and stir to combine.

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Notes

Variations
For extra creamy mac and cheese, stir in 2 tablespoons of softened cream cheese with the uncooked pasta shells.
For extra spicy mac and cheese, add a drizzle of buffalo wing sauce just before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 559kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 1385mg | Potassium: 707mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 697IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 345mg | Iron: 2mg