Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

A creamy, spicy buffalo chicken mac and cheese topped off with a buttery toasted panko. 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 625kcal
Author Sam Merritt


  • 8 oz dry macaroni noodles I used Cellentani noodles (230g)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter (42g)
  • 3 Tablespoons flour (24g)
  • 2 cups milk (475ml)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • 4 oz cream cheese (115g)
  • 1 ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese , I use low-moisture part skim (170g)
  • 1 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese (115g)
  • cup sour cream (80g)
  • ½ cup buffalo hot sauce (120ml)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded chicken (200g)

For Panko Topping:

  • 1 Tablespoon butter (14g)
  • ½ Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup seasoned panko crumbs (30g)


  • Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and lightly grease a 1.5qt round baking dish or 9x9 square baking dish with butter.
  • Cook pasta al dente according to package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Once it has melted, add flour and stir until smooth.
  • Add milk and spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and ground mustard), stir well and bring to a boil.
  • Once mixture begins to boil, reduce heat, bring to a simmer, and stir frequently until it is slightly thickened.
  • Reduce heat to low and add cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, and sour cream. Stir until cheeses are melted and mixture is smooth.
  • Add hot sauce and stir.
  • Add shredded chicken and cooked, drained pasta noodles and stir until well coated by the sauce.
  • Pour into prepared baking dish and prepare your Panko topping.

Panko Topping

  • Combine butter and olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat, stirring occasionally, until melted.
  • Add panko and stir well until the butter and oil has been mostly absorbed. Continue to stir until panko is lightly toasted and turns a light-medium brown color
  • Use a spoon to sprinkle over prepared buffalo chicken mac and cheese
  • Transfer to oven and bake on 350F (175C) for 15 minutes.
  • Garnish with parsley, if desired, and serve.


Calories: 625kcal