November 26, 2013

Man Child Tested, Awesome Wife Approved | Buffalo Chicken&Bacon Mac&Cheese

TJ said that this was the best pasta dish that I've ever cooked. On top of his man-child stamp of approval, this meal is super simple to prepare, which means that it will definitely be added to our pre-game dinner rotation. 

While I was taste-testing the Frank's and cream mixture I was worried that it'd be a little too hot for him, so I added melted butter right before I combined it with the pasta, chicken and bacon. If you really love hot buffalo sauce then I suggest waiting to add the butter until you've tested the sauce first. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS
3/4 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
1/4 cup blue cheese or ranch dressing
4oz cream cheese
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons melted butter
Box of medium shells, cooked and drained
1 large chicken breast cooked and shredded
6 pieces of cooked and crumbled bacon
2 cups cheddar cheese
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray
2. Combine Frank's, blue cheese, cream cheese, garlic and butter in a food processor
3. Combine pasta, chicken, bacon, cream sauce and 1 cup of cheese in a large bowl
4. Transfer to prepared 13x9 pan. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and panko crumbs
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes


xo,
Kym

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34 comments

  1. That looks divine! Definitely trying this out!

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    1. It's SO good! And lasted for a couple of days, too!

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  2. I just took a picture of this and sent to todd with the caption: I've found your perfect pasta dish!

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    1. I really didn't think TJ would like it but he said it was his favorite dish, so we'll just go with it, lol!! I also want to give it a try with BBQ sauce. Recipe coming soon (I hope. It could be a total flop, lol!)

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  3. This sounds AHMAZING. My husband and I both love spicy food, and mac n cheese is his favorite so this is definite winner!

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    1. PERFECT! Next time I think I'll be experimenting with different (and more!) cheeses! Enjoy!! xo

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  4. MMMMMMM! Going to have to make this. I make buffalo chicken dip and my husband looves it.

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    1. Buffalo chicken dip is my FAVORITE and I haven't had it in such a long time ... not it's going to be stuck in my head until I make it ... which will definitely be this weekend, lol!!

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  5. Yum!! I bet Christian would love this!

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    1. TJ was blown away - I'm going to try a BBQ chicken recipe next!! Let me know if you give it a try :)

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  6. Get in my belly now with that buffalo sauce and bacon! My 2 favorite B words!!!

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    1. and it's budget friendly, too!! ;) The chicken I used came from a giant pack which fed us for three dinners, and we had all of the other ingredients on hand!

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  8. Officially drooling. I love anything buffalo and ranch!!

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    1. You're a ranch girl? I'm a weirdo and only like ranch on french fries - I love that moldy blue cheese ;)

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    1. It got the double thumbs up from TJ ... he's not picky or anything, but I was shocked with his exclamation that it was the best dish he'd ever eaten. Let me know if you guys like it, too!! xo

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  10. I love anything with buffalo sauce (and cheese)! I don't eat bacon though, but i'm sure it would still be really tasty without it. yum!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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    1. Ya for sure!! The bacon just gave it a little ... smokey? ... flavor, but it would for sure taste just as amazing without the bacon!!!

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  11. I just pinned a very similar recipe a few hours ago - now I really want to try it!

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    1. You should! It was an interesting change up, and I had all of the ingredients on hand which was a major plus!!

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  12. This looks absolutely delish! I'm a sucker for blue cheese and bacon.

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  13. My stomach just growled looking at this. I love buffalo chicken. I can't wait to try this.

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  14. This looks amazing! I live with 3 guys and they love all of these things... def making this tonight!

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    1. Let me know how it comes out! It's definitely a crowd pleaser and makes a ton! xo

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  15. YUMMM. Something tells me my "man-child" will adore this too :)

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    1. hahahaha!! I hope that you both enjoy it!

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  16. Yumm! Looks so good!! I'm not much on spicy foods so, I'll prob add the butter!

    & I loove your new layout!! Also, this is a test to see if you can reply back to me. You should be able to though because others have from my comments... :)

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  17. oh my goodness. this looks like the most delicious thing ever. i'm probably going to dream about this.

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    1. L O L - it is delish! Next time I'll be adding more cheese! Enjoy!! xo

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