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!

 

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

 

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

 

Looking to grab yourself a couple boxes of Banza Mac and Cheese?!  Try a variety pack to see which pasta shape and flavor cheeeeeeese you love most 🙂

 

 

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

Easy One-Pan Baked Chicken

Easy One-Pan Baked Chicken Thighs

Gotta love yourself an easy baked chicken dish to chow down on during a busy week, right?!  Sometimes life gets hectic and time to make a homemade meal gets away from us…and if you’re trying to be good during the week and avoid eating out, then those busy days really suck!

This is one of my go-tos if I’m ever feeling stretched for time and energy.  Its so simple and the majority of the cook time is just baking the chicken…HALLELUJAH!  The broth makes the chicken super juicy and tender, while the spices give it extra flavor!  I love the meat from chicken thighs, so that has been my cut of choice as of late, but you could really use any cut of chicken.  Especially if serving kids, you may want to try a cut of meat without bones.

Easy Baked Chicken pre-baking

You can add veggies to cook with the chicken or just bake it in broth…I have done both and either way works great!  Add a side dish, use it as a salad topping, or store in the fridge and eat throughout the week.  Also makes as a great option for a group dinner (add the veggies…it’ll really dress it up)!  Make it in a nice baking dish or skillet, and serve with mac and cheese! 

The best thing you can do when picking your poultry?  HINT…it’s not removing the skin.  BUY ORGANIC and FREE RANGE, if possible.  Keep the hormones, nasty bacteria, and antibiotics from commercially available chickens out of your own body and get yourself a chicken that was fed its proper omnivorous diet (not an entire existence worth of grains, soy, and corn…YUCK).  And contrary to popular belief, chicken skin is actually OKAY to eat.  Its when the skin is cooked to a crisp and fried that it creates harmful chemicals.  So, baking organic chicken with the skin on is the way to go.

Also the skin holds most of the juices and flavor, so HECK YEA I’m keeping it on!

Easy One-Pan Baked Chicken ready to eat

 

Easy One-Pan Baked Chicken

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Keyword: baked, chicken, easy, gluten free, paleo

Ingredients

  • 2-3 lbs chicken thighs (I like mine with skin) or any part of chicken
  • 1 cup broth vegetable or chicken
  • 1/2 white onion (optional) quartered
  • 1 handful baby carrots (optional) cut in half long ways
  • 2 tbsp EVOO or avocado oil
  • 1/2 lemon juice

Spice Mixture

  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Pour broth into a baking dish or skillet.
  • Add onion and carrots to bottom of baking dish, then lay chicken on top of vegetables (if you choose to bake chicken without the veggies, just add chicken after broth).
  • Brush some oil over chicken, then evenly cover the tops of each chicken thigh with spice mixture.  Bake for 50 min.  Squeeze lemon juice over chicken once done baking, serve with a side dish or over a salad!