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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 172.8
  • Total Fat: 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 34.6 mg
  • Sodium: 191.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 18.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.7 g
  • Protein: 15.5 g

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Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese

Introduction

All the flavor you crave, in macaroni and cheese form to keep your fingers clean! All the flavor you crave, in macaroni and cheese form to keep your fingers clean!
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    2 cups whole wheat pasta shells
    1 cup finely chopped cauliflower
    1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    1 large onion, finely chopped
    2 stalks celery (about 1 cup), finely chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2-3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on desired heat levels
    1 cup petite diced no salt added tomatoes
    1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
    2 cups skim milk
    12 ounces cooked chicken breast, diced
    2 tablespoons buffalo sauce
    1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese





Tips

Top with chopped green onions, parsley, or celery. Serve with additional hot sauce and a dollop of Greek yogurt.


Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Coat a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Cook pasta according to directions.
While the pasta is cooking, continue with the rest of the dish.
Place the cauliflower into a microwave safe dish, and cook on high 2 minutes.
Add the butter to a large saucepan set over medium heat. Once the butter melts, add the onion and celery to the pan.
Cook for about four minutes, until the vegetables are soft, then add the garlic. Cook for one minute.
Add the cayenne pepper and tomatoes to the pan, stir to combine, then add the flour.
Stir constantly for one minute, then slowly pour in the milk while stirring.
Drain the pasta.
Add the pasta, chicken and buffalo sauce and stir to combine.
Pour into the baking dish, then top with the cauliflower anc blue cheese.
Bake uncovered for 15 minutes, until bubbly. Serve immediately.

Makes 8 servings; 1 cup per serving.







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  • Incredible!
    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
    We really liked this. Because of the comments that it was runny, I only used 1 cup of skim milk and with the calories saved I added 1/3 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese. It was not runny at all and creamy. This felt like real comfort food. - 5/8/13

    Reply from CHEF_MEG (5/17/13)
    Great swap!
    Chef Meg


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  • 22 of 36 people found this review helpful
    Im trying to figure out how 1/4 cup of cheese crumbles makes 8 servings of "mac n cheese". looks tasty but I think the title (and picture) might be a bit deceiving - 1/1/13

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  • 20 of 20 people found this review helpful
    Buffalo Sauce (by SparkPeople)
    Number of Servings: 7
    Ingredients
    Hot Pepper Sauce, 1/2 cup
    Butter, salted, 1/3 cup melted
    Directions
    Melt butter in pan, add hot sauce to blend and serve or use to coat chicken, wings, etc.

    - 1/1/13

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  • 15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    Are the two cups pasta shells two cups before or after cooking? - 1/13/13

    Reply from CHEF_MEG (1/24/13)
    Two cups dry. :) Chef Meg


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  • Incredible!
    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
    I love it. Mine turned out thick but I drained my tomatoes. I have been eating leftovers for lunch. I pair it with a small side salad with light blue cheese dressing and a piece of fruit. YUMMO and filing. - 2/7/13

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  • 14 of 14 people found this review helpful
    There are several brands of bottled Buffalo Sauce...all with different calorie, nutritional counts. Just read the labels, some are more Spark Friendly. - 1/1/13

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  • Very Good
    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
    When I saw the title of this recipe, I envisioned a bubbly and cheesy dish. This is not the case. Tthis is not a cheesy dish at all as you would expect a mac and cheese to be. That being said, I did like it and will probably make again, and try to make it a bit thicker, the sauce was runny. - 1/11/13

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  • 13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    Green onions, parsely and celery are mention in "Tips". Use 1/4 cup gorgonzola instead of bleu cheese for stronger chesse flavor. Buffalo sauce usually refers to Frank's Hot Sauce - no butter or fat content would be much higher. - 1/1/13

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  • 11 of 37 people found this review helpful
    photo has green onions and parsley - not mentioned in the recipe -- once agin photo does not match recipe - 1/1/13

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  • 9 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I found this recipe on-line

    1/2 cup butter or use Smartbalance 50/50 butter blend
    1 cup Frank's red hot sauce
    2 teaspoons cayenne
    For a creamier sauce I add 2 tablespoon mayo tones down the spice too if your not a fan
    - 1/1/13

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Just used hot sauce instead of buffalo sauce. Everyone loved it. No leftovers for lunch. :( - 1/7/13

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    For the benefit of your "non-US" readers - what is "buffalo sauce"? What would be a reasonable substitute?
    Thanks,
    Des - 1/1/13

    Reply from CHEF_MEG (2/11/13)
    Glad to help- you could make your own Buffalo sauce with a couple of shots of red hot sauce/tabasco and tomato juice. Chef Meg


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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    May I make a suggestion. Dredge the celery and onions in the flour and then cook the vegetables in the butter. The flour will cook thoroughly and will thicken the dish more evenly.
    - 4/29/13

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Lovwd, loved, loved this! So did my teenage son. I used chipotle chili powder in place of cayenne, which gives is a nice smoky undertone. Will definitely be making it again. - 1/1/13

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    In general, Buffalo Sauce is equal parts butter (or margarine or whatever) and hot sauce. I don't know if there's a Spark-friendly version.... - 1/1/13

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This was very tasty after we baked it for quite a bit longer than the recipe called for, and added quite a bit more Frank's hot sauce after serving. I'll for sure make it again, but with more cheese (not blue cheese as we don't like it), and more hot sauce. Took me longer than 15 mins to prepare. - 7/6/13

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Pretty good, just have to add your own to match the picture. - 1/1/13

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  • Very Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    so tasty-- - 1/1/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I took on board the comments bel - drained the tomatoes and used 1 cup of milk. Increase the cheese flavor by choosing a reduced fat option - more for the same calories. You can also cut out the butter and use an oil spray. It works well too with extra cauliflower. - 9/9/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    My family really enjoyed this. I thought the cauliflower trick was brilliant-everyone thought they were eating lots of cheese because it looks just like blue cheese on top. This is very healthy compared to most mac and cheese recipes and we had lost of leftovers for lunches - it is great reheated. - 7/25/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Used rotisserie chicken, gorgonzola, a LOT of Franks Hot Sauce, and cilantro. Very good and filling! - 4/16/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Yum, yum! I did add some lowfat cheddar cheese as a last step. I was more generous with all the veggies (I used the whole can of tomatoes, drained), only used one cup of milk since I added cheese and topped with parsley/green onions. I served it with a healthy salad. It looked just like the picture. - 2/28/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I will make this again and thicken it up some with cornstarch or instant potato flakes. Or with some of the leftover cauliflower, cook and use blender to cream it in the milk. I used a can of Rotel hot diced tomatoes with habaneros.Next time I'll not use as much Franks hot sauce either. - 1/27/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    The entire family liked this. Will make it again..... - 1/1/13

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Is there a recipe for the Buffalo Sauce? - 1/1/13

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