Meat

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Bowl of buffalo chicken mac and cheese next to casserole dish

 

What is more deserving of the “comfort food” label than Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese?!  NOTHING.  Two of my favorite things (mac and buffalo chicken dip) combined to create a mega perfect meal.  And all you need for ultimate satisfaction is an oversized sweatshirt and your bed!

What I love about this recipe is that it’s super easy to make, and isn’t as bad as you may think!  The macaroni and cheese is made with Banza’s gluten free pasta…so no guilt trip there.  And the chicken is slow cooked with Frank’s Red Hot and garlic, to keep it lean and without any added fat, sugars, or carbs.

 

white bowl filled with buffalo chicken macaroni and cheese

 

If desired, you can bake with a butter-panko mixture and add some freshly chopped cilantro for the finishing touch!  This tends to be a favorite of mine on Sunday evenings, when my motivation to do anything is low, but my comfort-food craving is high.

 

hand holding white bowl full of buffalo chicken mac and cheese

 

Earlier in the day, I’ll start by adding 1.5-2 pounds organic chicken breasts in a crock pot, with a little broth, red hot, and garlic.  Let this cook on high for 3 hours, then shred right there in the crock pot using two forks.  If serving later, just let sit in crock pot on WARM until ready to mix in with mac and cheese.

If planning to be out of the house all day, you can cook chicken on low for 7-8 hrs.

 

cutting board with a white bowl full of buffalo chicken macaroni and cheese

 

When ready to eat, make Banza’s Macaroni and Cheese as the directions outline on the box.  Once your mac and cheese is finished, add to a small baked greasing dish.  Take shredded buffalo chicken and mix into your mac and cheese.

I add a little extra almond milk at this point, to keep everything from drying out in the oven.  If adding buttery panko crust, make sure to melt butter before mixing in panko.  Take mixture and sprinkle over top of mac and cheese to form a crust.

If you want to get even fancier, drizzle a little extra red hot on top!  Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes, add chopped cilantro, and enjoy!

 

 

casserole dish filled with buffalo chicken mac and cheese

 

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Healthy comfort food made with Banza macaroni and cheese, buffalo pulled chicken, extra red hot, and topped with panko and cilantro! So delicious, but without all the extra calories and fats!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banza, buffalo chicken, mac and cheese, macaroni and cheese
Servings: 2 people
Author: Lulu's Table

Ingredients

  • 1 box Banza Macaroni and Cheese
  • 1-1.5 lbs organic chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup chicken bone broth
  • 1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed or chopped
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter melted
  • 3/4 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped

Instructions

  • Take chicken, broth, garlic, and red hot, and cook on HIGH in slow cooker for 3 hours.
  • 20 minutes before planning to eat, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Make Banza Mac and Cheese according to box instructions.
  • Take finished mac and cheese, and transfer to a small greased baking dish. Pour in extra almond milk and mix in. This will help prevent it from drying out in the oven.
  • Turn off crock pot and remove lid. Using two forks, shred chicken directly in crock pot. Take 1 cup of shredded buffalo chicken (or more if you'd like), and mix into mac and cheese in baking dish.
  • Take bowl with melted butter and mix panko into it (add more panko if too liquidy). Sprinkle panko/butter mixture over top of of mac and cheese. Drizzle extra red hot over panko if desired.
  • Bake for 10 minutes with tin foil. Top with fresh chopped cilantro before serving.
Meat

Buffalo Chicken Boats

sweet potatoes stuffed with buffalo chicken and topped with scallions, celery, feta, and avocado

 

I don’t think there is anything more satisfying to a mid-westerner than a big ‘ole plate with some form of BUFFALO CHICKEN on it.  I may be east coast born and raised, but butter my buns and call me a biscuit, because the mid west is doin something right with this buffalo chicken lifestyle and I am down with the get down.

Make it a dip, eat it with chips, fry it up between two buns, slap it on a pizza, cook it up healthy…wait whaaaaaaat?  Buffalo chicken can be HEALTHY?!

Pay attention people, because this means you can eat buffalo chicken without the subsequent guilt trip…so who’s with me?!

 

shredded buffalo chicken in baked sweet potato with Frank's red hot bottle

 

Not only do you get buffalo chicken for dinner, but you get it in a sweet potato boat to boot!  This is probably the closest one gets to heaven on earth…with a side of lean protein, healthy carbs, and good fats!  

Cooking the chicken and sweet potato take some time, but assembly is very very quick and simple, which means you have time to catch up on other things while dinner is cooking!  

Like catching up of your Modern Family episodes, or re-watching season 5 of Friends when Monica and Chandler are in the throws of a seriously heated, yet secretive relationship, and nobody knows but Joey who hates keeping secrets, and then Phoebe finds out because Ross buys naked guy’s apartment, and…well, you’ll just have to re-watch it because this dinner is SO DARN EASY to make that you’ll have extra time!

 

baked sweet potato with middle scooped out, stuffed with shredded buffalo chicken and topped with scallions, celery, and avocado

 

Start by taking chicken breasts and placing them in a slow cooker.  Add Frank’s Red Hot, ghee (or grass-fed butter), garlic, broth, and let it cook on high for 3 hours or low for 7-8 while at work.  Once you’re chicken is done cooking, you’ll shred it directly in the slow cooker and then fork it out into your sweet potato boats before chowing down!

Sweet potato prep just requires the spud to be cut in half, drizzled with oil, and baked in tin foil for 60 min.  Once finished cooking, scoop out the middle of your potato, leaving some of the edges for maximum yum-factor.  I took my extra sweet potato that was scooped out and made BBQ Sweet Potato Hummus with it!

 

shredded buffalo chicken inside baked sweet potato, topped with scallions, celery, avocado, and feta cheese

 

Transfer your desired amount of shredded buffalo chicken into your sweet potato boat, and top with all the fixings!  I’m a huge fan of capsizing my boat with extra sauce from the slow cooker, because more red hot = better life.

 

shredded buffalo chicken inside baked sweet potato, topped with scallions, celery, avocado, and feta cheese 

Print Recipe
5 from 2 votes

Buffalo Chicken Boats

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: buffalo chicken, gluten free, healthy, red hot, slow cooker, sweet potato
Servings: 4 people
Author: Lulu's Table

Ingredients

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

  • 1-1.5 lbs organic chicken breast
  • 2 cloves garlic whole
  • 1/2 cup chicken bone broth
  • 1 cup Frank's Red Hot
  • 2 tbsp ghee or grass-fed butter

Sweet Potato Boats

  • 2 whole sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp avocado oi
  • 1/2 cup scallions chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup feta cheese

Instructions

  • In your slow cooker, add chicken, garlic, bone broth, red hot and ghee.  Cook on high for 3 hours, or low for 7-8 hours.  When finished cooking, take two forks and shred chicken directly in slow cooker.  Stir and cover with lid to keep warm before serving.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Take sweet potatoes and cut in half, long ways.  Drizzle oil over all sides of sweet potato and wrap in foil.  Place foil wrapped potatoes on a baking pan in case there is any dripping.
  • Bake for 60 min.
  • Remove potatoes from oven and let sit in foil for 10 min in order to steam.
  • While potatoes steam, prep toppings.  Chop scallions, scoop out flesh of avocado and cut into thin pieces, and chop celery.
  • After sweet potato is finished steaming, scoop out the inside flesh (leaving skin and a thin layer of flesh on the outside).  You can either use a spoon to remove flesh, or take a sharp knife and cut around the inside edge of the potato. Proceed cutting down the length, then across the width of the potato to create cubes. Pull out cubes with a fork.
  • Fill sweet potato boats with shredded buffalo chicken, top with scallions, celery, avocado, and feta cheese.