Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Mac and Cheese

5 from 2 votes

A Muy Caliente Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Mac & Cheese. The almost perfect Mac & Cheese with all the important stuff in it.

Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Mac and Cheese

This Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Mac and Cheese is to die for. Everybody loves a good Mac & Cheese and my loyal visitors know that I LOVE a good Gourmet Mac & Cheese.

Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Mac and Cheese

Heck, I have a whole category dedicated to my favorite Gourmet Mac and Cheese Recipes. If you like spicy dishes, then this Mac & Cheese is for you. My all-time favorite Mac & Cheese is my Whiskey Mac and Cheese, but this one comes in a close 2nd!

Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Mac and Cheese

When making Mac and Cheese, it’s important to cook the pasta al dente to ensure the best texture possible. If you are not familiar with the term “al dente”, it means cooking the pasta so it’s still chewy and form and that it will hold its shape when the sauce is added to it.

Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Mac and Cheese

In addition to the usual ingredients: pasta noodles, cheese, chicken and bacon, this dish also has cream corn! I know that sounds really weird but don’t knock it till you try it!

It’s not every day you can have a Buffalo Chicken style Mac & Cheese with cream corn in it. This dish has quickly become a family favorite and will become yours as well the minute you taste it!

Tips

  • While you can pretty much use any brand of cream cheese, I highly recommend you use Philadelphia brand cream cheese. You will taste the difference.

If you’ve ever wondered what part of the pig Bacon comes from check out the picture below. Surprised?

Pork Cuts Diagram

If you struggle to make bacon perfectly, I’ve put together a short tutorial on How to Make Perfect Bacon – 3 Ways. Check it out! My preferred method is baking it in the oven.

Bacon Grease Tip

And don’t throw away that bacon grease! Bacon is expensive and the grease is great for making Scrambled Eggs, Grilled Cheese, Popcorn and even hash browns. It can keep up to 3 months if properly stored in the refrigerator.

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How to Handle Raw Chicken

  • Leave the chicken in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Be careful of dripping juices. Clean up immediately.
  • Do not wash raw chicken (prevents cross-contamination).
  • Wash all utensils and cutting boards.
  • Wash your hands after handling raw chicken.
Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Mac and Cheese

You will need the following ingredients to make this Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Mac & Cheese recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Pasta, Chicken, Olive Oil, Red Onion, Garlic Cloves, Cream Corn, Cream Cheese, Milk, Frank’s RedHot Sauce, Chili Powder, Ground Cumin, Paprika, Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese and Bacon.

  1. Cook pasta until al dente in generously salted water according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Sauté onions for 5 minutes or until softened and slightly golden. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  3. Turn heat down to medium and stir in creamed corn, cream cheese, 1/2 cup milk, 2-5 tablespoons Buffalo hot sauce (see note) and spices.
  4. Stir until cream cheese is melted, then stir in cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese until melted.
  5. Add chicken, bacon, and pasta and stir until evenly coated, adding additional milk if needed to reach desired consistency. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Printable Recipe Card

Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Mac and Cheese

Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Mac and Cheese

A Muy Caliente Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Mac & Cheese. The almost perfect Mac & Cheese with all the important stuff in it.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Rodney
Servings 6
Calories 648 kcal

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Skillet

Ingredients
 

  • 12 oz Pasta
  • 2 Cups Chicken Breasts, Cooked & Cubed
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Red Onion, Diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 15 oz Cream Corn
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese, Cubed
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • 3 Tbsp Frank's RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce
  • ½ Tsp Chili Powder
  • ½ Tsp Ground Cumin
  • ½ Tsp Paprika
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • ¼ Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
  • 4 Strips Bacon, Cooked & Crumbled

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta until al dente in generously salted water according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat one tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Sauté onions for 5 minutes or until softened and slightly golden. Add garlic and sauté 30 seconds.
  • Turn heat down to medium and stir in creamed corn, cream cheese, 1/2 cup milk, 2-5 tablespoons Buffalo hot sauce (see note) and spices.
  • Stir until cream cheese is melted, then stir in cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese until melted.
  • Add chicken, bacon and pasta and stir until evenly coated, adding additional milk if needed to reach desired consistency. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Notes

You can control the heat of this dish by the amount of Hot Sauce you add. 3 tablespoons is average heat, 4 is if you like things a little spicy and 5 is very spicy.

Nutrition

Calories: 648kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 32gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 1119mgPotassium: 566mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 835IUVitamin C: 6.1mgCalcium: 295mgIron: 1.8mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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  1. Kathleen says:

    I’m drooling right now just looking at the picture and remembering the amazing Mac and Cheese! Thanks for posting, and please keep them coming!

5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)

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