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3.09.2013

BBQ Chicken and Smoked Gouda Mac n' Cheese with Bacon


When  we were kids on our birthdays we got to pick what we ate for dinner that night. My little brother always ordered Chinese take out from the local dive Hong Kong Garden, my sister ordered pizza from Tom's Brother's .... I always asked for my mom's homemade baked mac n' cheese with BBQ chicken and boiled beets from the garden. All three of my favorite foods. As long as I can remember I have loved the combo of BBQ and cheese. Though not mixed together.


Fast forward to this past December. We have a family get together, pot luck at my Nana's with all of my cousins, aunts and uncles. My Nana made baked mac n' cheese and my Aunt Terry made some of the best pulled pork I have ever had.... my mom and I sat in the kitchen like complete gluttons piling loads of pulled pork on top of our macaroni. SO GOOD. I thought back to all the years I loved having BBQ and cheesy macaroni on my birthday and thought WHY have I never done this before?!


Well now I did. But this is not your average BBQ chicken and macaroni. This chicken was slathered in a homemade sriracha and beer BBQ sauce. Piled high on top of the cheesiest smoky mac n' cheese I have ever made. Not only did I cover the pasta in a rich sauce I threw in some cubes of sharp cheddar cheese for good measure. I wanted to find surprise pockets of melted cheese. I then topped the entire casserole with MORE cheese and crispy bacon. It was the best thing I have ever eaten. Really. It was the best. The sweet spicy BBQ, smokey cheese and salty bacon was everything this girl could want in a meal.


BBQ Chicken and Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

Ingredients:

16 oz box dried pasta 
3 tbs butter
3 tbs flour
2 cups half and half
2 cups shredded smoked Gouda cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesann cheese

FOR THE CHICKEN LAYER:
2 cooked chicken breasts; shredded
1 cup BBQ sauce

FOR THE TOPPING: 
6 slices crispy cooked bacon   
4 oz cheddar cheese cut into small cubes
4 oz cheddar cheese shredded 

Directions:

Prepare dried pasta according to package directions.

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter and whisk in flour until a paste forms. Whisk in half and half and bring up to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to low and whisk in Gouda,  1 cup of cheddar and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheeses. Once everything has melted and is smooth remove from heat and toss with pasta. Mix in cheddar cubes. Pour into a large casserole dish.

In a mix bowl toss chicken with BBQ sauce. Spread over the top of the macaroni and cheese. Top with remaining shredded cheese and crumbled bacon.

Bake at 350 for 20 minute or until the sides are bubbly. 

  
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32 comments:

  1. I love the way your mind works, Carrie. I would NEVER have thought to pair BBQ chicken with mac & cheese, but this looks mind-blowing delicious! And now I'm hungry.

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    1. Thanks! It is a mind blowing combo. It works SO well.

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  2. Oh my word. What an amazing combination, I HAVE to make this!

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  3. MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS I NEED TO TRY THIS> WELL DONE GIRLY WELL DONE>

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  4. Oh man. I would take away the chicken layer, just because I don't like chicken and pasta together (yeah, I don't know) and go to town no the cheese and carbs! Oh and the bacon. Bacon and cheese. Yes!

    And what's this with smoked gouda. Where I live, gouda is *the* standard cheese but I've never seen smoked gouda. Will have to check that out!

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    1. Oh my goodness smoked gouda is THE cheese in this house... we eat a tad too much..... chicken and pasta?!!!??

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    2. You could sub the chicken for some pulled pork.

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  5. wow looks so good and gouda is my favorite

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  6. I totally just had a BBQ pork mac and cheese at Noodles, you really need to recreate that recipe! If only for my selfish self ;) I love all your mac and cheese posts, but I need to try this one NOW.

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  7. I was slightly hungry before seeing this and now I'm starving. Why must I be at work and too far away from my kitchen to fix this now!? Might be a good thing though, I don't think I could stop at one serving.

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    1. Hahaha it was pretty addicting. It was a 2nd and 3rds kinda night!

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  8. Holy bacon!!! This looks amazing! Smoked gouda is my total weakness. :)

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  9. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! I can't wait to try this recipe, my mouth is watering already! :D

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  10. This looks AMAZING. Mac & cheese is my favorite side dish whenever I go to a BBQ restaurant, but I never thought to combine them!

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  11. Oh MAN Carrie, this looks incredible! Perfect comfort food.

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  12. Never thought of combining BBQ chicken and mac, but it's a natural combination! I cannot wait to give this recipe a try.

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  13. You are a master in the kitchen. BBQ chicken, bacon, surprise pockets of melted cheddar cheese?! Yes please! Seriously, everything that is good and glorious in this world (minus chocolate ;) is stuffed in there! I always make the same version of mac 'n cheese but I definitely need to switch it up with this recipe.

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  14. Maegan @ The BakerMamaJuly 12, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    This is my kind of mac! I've got some pulled pork that I might replace the chicken with. I have a feeling we won't have any leftovers! Can't wait to make this!

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  15. Oh man, sounds amazing! May have to make this for my Christmas Eve dinner.

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  16. Oh man, this sounds amazing! May have to make it for my Christmas Eve dinner.

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  17. OMG this looks amazeballs! Definitely adding it to my book to try!

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