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Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Your game day crowd will go wild for this Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese. It’s the ultimate recipe to feed a crowd, and it combines two favorite dishes.

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine.

If you need me, I’ll be the gal hovering over the food table with my plastic fork and paper plate at the ready.

For me, football season is all about the food. I could care less who wins or loses, what team is playing and when, and whether or not “our” team ends up in the playoffs. I. Just. Don’t. Care.

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

I concern myself with more important matters—like, whether or not someone will snag the last chicken wing before I get to it, how many appetizers will be on the menu, and if there will be cocktails.

I’m also not the fun-loving wife of the football-crazed husband that pretends to like football so all of his friends will think I’m cool. I can’t be both the fun-loving wife and the stalker of the food table, so, obviously, food wins.

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

I’ll arrive to the party dressed the part (because, clothes!), so I’ll at least appear as if I’m interested. That counts for something, right?

When Tyson Foods, Inc invited me to attend their Boneless Wyngz* game day party at Sam’s Club, I was all in! It was a party centered around food, and my very favorite food at that: saucy wings! Or should I say Wyngz?

Tyson's Game Day Event at Sam's Club

The party was a touch down! Sam’s Club prepared and served Tyson®’s newest Boneless Wyngz* flavor, Honey BBQ Flavor (*contains no wing meat). They bake up tender with a crisp exterior and a hint of smoky heat. That day, I wasn’t the only one hovering over the food table. There was a long line of party-loving people lined up to get a taste of the sweet and smoky morsels of tender chicken. Can you blame them?

Hungry, football-loving people surrounded the gal dishing up the bite-size appetizers the entire duration of the event. Hand after hand reached for the table to pluck a wing from the platter, several of the guests re-entering the line to get another taste. Free lunch!

After the hustle and bustle surrounding the food table, Poe, the Baltimore Ravens mascot made his grand entrance and everyone flocked to him with their chicken in hand. Poe was a good sport, too. He danced with several of the party guests and posed for pictures. It was a great time and everyone seemed to really enjoy the event. I left stuffed with a bag of Tyson® Boneless Wyngz* in my cart, as did most of the other guests.

Tyson's Game Day Event at Sam's Club

As soon as I placed my bag of Tyson® Boneless Wyngz* in my cart, I knew exactly what I was going to make for Super Bowl: Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese!

This gooey, cheesy, slightly spicy, chicken-filled mac and cheese is guaranteed to become the most valuable platter at your game-day event. It’s loaded with cheese and spicy hot sauce to give it that classic buffalo flavor that everyone knows and loves.

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Don’t be surprised if everyone is surrounding the food table instead of watching the game this year.

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Yield: 8 servings

Total Time: 40 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Tyson® Boneless Wyngz*
  • 8 ounces dried macaroni
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 6 ounces shredded Colby Jack cheese, divided
  • 6 ounces shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 ounces blue cheese crumbles, divided
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced for garnish
  • Hot sauce for serving
  • Salt and pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil. Lightly grease the aluminum foil. Butter a 9-inch-by-13-inch casserole dish.
  2. Place the Tyson® Boneless Wyngz* on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove from the oven and slice into bite-size pieces.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a few generous pinches of salt. Stir in the dried macaroni; cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 10-12 minutes. Drain the pasta and add it to the prepared casserole dish.
  4. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, whisking occasionally, and continue to cook until the mixture thickens, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Whisk in the mustard and hot sauce until no visible streaks remain. Turn off the heat and slowly whisk in 4 ounces each of shredded Colby Jack and Cheddar cheeses, 2 ounces of the blue cheese crumbles, and sour cream. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture over the pasta. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbly and the top layer of cheese is melted. Top with sliced chicken and scallions. Serve immediately.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all mine.

2 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese”

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — February 9, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Love the added protein this mac gets from the chicken!! My family would love this!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 12, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    2 of the best foods combined into 2 dinner.  Great idea!

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