Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hopefully you’ve figured out by now that this is not the place to go for light and healthy, trendy super foods. This is not the place to go for your five a day or tips on how to get six pack abs. This is not the place for quinoa, chia seeds, or kale or whatever health food is currently trending. Most of the food you’ll find here might not even look that good on Instagram. Believe me, there are plenty of food blogs out there where you can get all those things. This is not that.

What you will find here is food that tastes really really good. Food that’s indulgent and easy to make. Food that’s so good you’ll want to dance and sing. I guess you could say I’m teaching you self-discipline because this is food you won’t want to stop eating but maybe should. All things in moderation, including Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese. I know my point of view, and I’m sticking with it.

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese recipe has three different kinds of cheese, plenty of Transformer Chicken, and enough buffalo sauce to make your nose run. It’s not outrageously spicy, but there is a noticeable level of heat. Get into it.

This recipe is a bit involved and will dirty quite a few dishes. Nothing is difficult, but there are a few separate elements that all have to come together. It’s absolutely delicious, though, and makes enough to feed six very hungry people, so it’s undoubtedly worth it. My husband said this was the best macaroni and cheese he’s ever had, and I make a lot of mac and cheese.

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s a good thing to know yourself and be content. Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese makes me happy, and I hope it makes you happy, too.

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese
Serves 6
Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese is an indulgent dish with a serious kick.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2.5 ounces unsalted butter, divided
  2. 1 pound elbow macaroni
  3. 2 shallots, minced
  4. 2 cooked chicken breasts, chopped
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 3/4 cups buffalo sauce
  7. 2 tablespoons flour
  8. 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  9. 2-1/2 cups half and half
  10. 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, cubed or shredded
  11. 8 ounces pepper jack cheese or cheddar with chillies, cubed or shredded
  12. 2/3 cup sour cream
  13. 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  14. 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  15. 1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (175C) and spray a large casserole dish or 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add some salt, then cook your macaroni until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain.
  3. While your pasta is cooking, melt 1.5 ounces of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add your shallot and cook for a few minutes until it softens. Next, add your chicken and garlic and let it cook for a couple more minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add 1/2 cup of the buffalo sauce. Stir this all together and bring it to a simmer for a minute or so to thicken the sauce slightly. Turn off the heat and set this aside while you get on with your cheese sauce.
  4. Melt 1 ounce of butter in a medium sauce pan over medium low heat. Whisk in the flour and mustard powder to make a paste. Slowly whisk in the half and half, about a half cup at a time, whisking until smooth before you add the next addition. Once you've created a smooth creamy sauce, you can then stir in your remaining half cup buffalo sauce. Once your mixture is bubbling gently, add the cheddar, pepper jack cheese, and sour cream, and stir until the cheese is melted and your sauce is smooth.
  5. Now it's time to toss together all the parts. If your sauce pan is big enough, you can add your pasta and chicken straight into that, but it may need to all go into the pasta pot to give you enough space to stir it all together. Once your mixture is properly combined, transfer the whole lot to your waiting casserole dish.
  6. Scatter the top of the casserole with your panko breadcrumbs, then dot the whole thing with blue cheese all over the top. Finally, sprinkle the parsley over everything.
  7. Bake this mass of cheesy goodness for 30-40 minutes until as brown and bubbly as you desire.
  8. Let it sit for about 10 minutes to cool before you try to eat this. It's best served straight away, but it's still pretty awesome reheated, though your cheese may become a bit oily.
Adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything
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Eating Out: Little Italy

We’re fanatical about pizza and pasta. Lucky for us, there are plenty of great Italian restaurants in Glasgow. It somewhat makes up for the complete and total absence of decent Tex Mex. 

We’ve fallen for a great little spot in the West End called Little Italy. The atmosphere is bright and relaxed, and the staff is warm and friendly. There’s a counter at the front for takeaway, but we dined in and enjoyed every minute. 

Eating Out: Little Italy

Geoff wanted something on the lighter side, so he opted for Napli Pollo Picante. His big bowl of pasta was loaded up with veggies, chicken, and spicy chillies. He devoured it.

Eating Out: Little Italy

I went for a simple pepperoni pizza. My favorite thing about the pizza at Little Italy is the crust. It’s on the thin side, but it’s cooked perfectly. Soggy crust is one of my pet peeves, but I didn’t have to worry about that here. The crust was just the right level of crisp, there was plenty of cheese, and the sauce was delicious.

The prices are very reasonable, making Little Italy a great choice for a lunch break while thrift shopping in the West End. Let’s get into it.

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Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Have I mentioned I hate dieting? Not allowing myself to eat whatever I want whenever I want just sort of ruins everything. I find that I’m just sort of angry all the time. So really, it’s not fun for anyone. 

But I’m supposed to want a hot body. And I kinda do. I want to look in the mirror and like what I see. I don’t want to feel gross. But I also want mac and cheese. And cake. So much cake. I want to read books and watch Lord of the Rings for the hundredth time. I definitely don’t want to run or do push ups. So you can see my dilemma. 

Well, here’s one more mac and cheese for the road, I guess. Well who am I kidding? We all know that I won’t be able to keep up any sort of non-cheese regime. Instead, let’s make it special.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta is flavored with rosemary, and it elevates mac and cheese to something almost sophisticated. The flavors are subtle and oh so right. It’s a creamy, cheesy dream.

I used transformer chicken in my pasta, but you can use  rotisserie chicken or whatever you prefer. I also discovered that this pasta isn’t as good reheated as it was the first time around, so if you’re only serving a few people, you might consider halving the recipe.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let’s all eat and be happy. Maybe we eat a little less, but there’s no reason not to make it special. Just go ahead and make the Chicken and Goat Cheese Pasta and enjoy your life.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta
Serves 8
Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta is a sophisticated take on mac and cheese.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound rigatoni
  2. 1 quart cream
  3. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  4. 1 clove garlic, crushed and peeled
  5. 8 ounces goat cheese, chopped into cubes
  6. 2 cups shredded or chopped cooked chicken
  7. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Once it's boiling, add plenty of salt, and drop your pasta in, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn't stick together. Boil for 10 minutes, then drain and return to the pot.
  2. While your pasta is doing its thing, add the cream to a sauce pan over medium low heat. Add in the rosemary and garlic clove, and bring the cream to a simmer. Be careful not to let it boil. Let it simmer for a few minutes to reduce and thicken. Add in the goat cheese and stir until it melts.
  3. Once your sauce and pasta are both ready, add the sauce and the chicken to the pasta, and toss it all together to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot and happy.
Adapted from My Baking Addiction
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