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Spicy Chicken Macaroni & Cheese

A creamy and spicy buffalo mac and cheese with Just Bare Lightly Breaded Chicken Bites, Buffalo sauce, and bleu cheese. The panko breadcrumbs offer a crunchy texture which contrasts with the creamy aged cheddar cheese sauce.

Servings 4
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4
Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 8 oz Just Bare Breaded Chicken Bites
  • 8 oz dried pasta (shells, elbows, or cellentani)
  • Salt
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 cups aged cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese, grated
  • ½ cup buffalo hot sauce
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 oz bleu cheese crumbles
  • ½ bunch scallions, whites removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 oz fresh parsley, minced

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 675
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Sodium 1200mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Protein 24g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In an even layer, place frozen chicken bites on a tray and cook for 23-25 minutes until crispy.
  3. While chicken is cooking, prepare a large pot of water and bring to a boil – season with 2 tbsp of salt. Cook pasta according to directions, about 8-10 minutes. Strain when cooked and reserve for later.
  4. Heat butter in a medium pot on medium heat, add minced garlic and shallot. Cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add flour and stir to combine – cook roux for 3-4 minutes until raw flour taste is cooked out.
  6. Add milk and stir until roux is dissolved, bring to a boil. The sauce will begin to thicken almost instantly – reduce heat to low and continue to stir.
  7. Add grated cheese, stir, and allow to melt. Add pasta and stir to combine.
  8. Chop up the cooked chicken bites into smaller pieces and toss with buffalo sauce in a bowl.
  9. Mix your buffalo chicken with the mac and cheese, and reserve some for your topping.
  10. Portion the mac and cheese into small oven-safe dishes, top with remaining buffalo chicken, bleu cheese crumbles, and panko breadcrumbs.
  11. Bake in the oven at 375°F for 15-20 minutes until browned and the internal temperature reads 165ºF. Garnish with sliced scallions and minced parsley.