This Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese came from me wanting an easy meal, and my kids requests for macaroni & cheese and something spicy. My daughter is a mac & cheese fanatic and my son loves anything spicy. We have a BIG problem in our house……if it was up to my daughter she would have mac & cheese everyday of the week (SERIOUSLY EVERYDAY). To please us of all I decided to whip up some homemade mac & cheese in the crock pot.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Mac And Cheese
Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese is a great easy meal any time of year. It’s perfect for winter days when you want a warm meal, and summer days when you don’t want to heat the house up turning on the oven. It’s ideal for a fun game day party since buffalo chicken is such a classic party dish.
I recommend spraying your slow cooker with non-stick spray before mixing this buffalo chicken mac and cheese. It can easily stick to the edges, so this helps cleanup a lot.
Mix everything together well. You want the cheese and sauce well distributed so the pasta cooks evenly.
You can check on this and stir occasionally as it cooks, but if you need to leave it while you go out, it will be fine without being stirred frequently.
Serving this buffalo chicken mac and cheese up for dinner is an easy one dish meal that everyone loves. I add a side of vegetables or a side salad with some blue cheese to add some freshness.
- 1 large chicken breast, cubed (or Tyson grilled and ready to save time!)
- 1 packet ranch dressing (the dry mix, like hidden valley ranch)
- 1 block cream cheese, softened
- 1 small block Velveeta (or 16oz block sharp cheddar if you like a less expensive, less processed)
- 3½ cups milk
- ¼- 1/2 cup buffalo sauce ( depends on your heat preference)
- 16oz. pasta of your choice, shells are fun! or rotini of course regular elbows work !
- Pinch Salt &Pepper
- Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, saute the cubed chicken until nice and brown on
- the outside. It will finish cooking in the slow cooker. Add the dry ranch packet to the chicken, mix well.
- Plug the slow cooker in and set it to high. Stir in the milk, cream cheese, cheddar cheese. Allow this to
- warm for about 10 minutes. Mix again.
- Add the uncooked pasta, buffalo sauce, chicken and a pinch of salt & pepper.
- Stir all the ingredients together so that all the pasta is coated and covered by the milk. Place the slow
- cooker cover on and set to low. Cook for about 3 hours.