(This recipe post was originally posted 1/8/2012)
Every once in awhile I get in these dinner ruts.... where we repeat meals every week for several weeks.
I just happened to be in one the other day, so I recruited the help of my Bakeaholic Mama Facebook Page. I received LOTS of great ideas. But the one that stuck out most to my husband and I both was a Buffalo Chicken Mac n' Cheese, suggested to me by one of my newer favorite blogs The Happy Little Tomato, not only do I love her blog BUT she is also from New Hampshire!!
You really need to try this to spice up your dinner routine! You won't be sorry. The only thing I am going to do differently next time is use breaded fried chicken for the buffalo part rather than shredded chicken.
Buffalo Chicken Mac n' Cheese
1 box of your favorite pasta, cooked according to the box directions
2 cups shredded chicken
8 oz pepper jack cheese
8 oz Vermont sharp cheddar
8oz Velveeta cheese (or American)
8 oz cream cheese
3/4 cup chunky blue cheese dressing or dip
1 cup milk ( I use 2%)
1/4 cup hot sauce
1/4 cup bread crumbs
8 slices fried bacon, crumbled
In a large sauce pan shred all of your cheese and cube your cream cheese, add in dressing and milk. Stir over medium heat constantly until it is smooth and creamy. Pour into cooked strained pasta and stir.
In a bowl toss chicken and hot sauce together.
Mix chicken into your pasta.
Transfer mac n' cheese into a large baking dish.
Top with bread crumbs and bacon crumbles.
Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes.
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