This buffalo chicken mac and cheese is comfort food at it’s best!
This recipe combines two of our favorites: my slow cooker buffalo chicken and Instant Pot mac and cheese.
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken
1-2 lbs chicken breast
1 1/2 cups buffalo wing sauce – you want to be sure to choose one that adds flavor, but it not too hot! We use Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce
or Sweet Baby Ray’s Buffalo Sauce
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 of a 1 oz ranch dressing mix packet here
Directions for Buffalo Chicken
Place chicken in your slow cooker and cover with wing sauce, apple cider vinegar, and ranch dressing mix. Cover and cook on HIGH 3-4 hours or 6-8 hours on LOW. Once chicken is done, shred it with two forks in the slow cooker.
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
3 cups of pasta – whatever pasta your family likes!
4 cups of water
Dash of salt
3 tablespoons of butter
1 cup of evaporated milk
3 cups of cheese – I used cheddar and mozzarella, but any kind you like is great!
green onions/extra cheese/bacon bits for toppings- optional!
Add pasta, water and salt to your Instant Pot. Set Instant Pot to manual, high pressure, for 3 minutes.
Lock lid and close pressure valve. Once done, do a quick pressure release and turn Instant Pot off. Open the lid and carefully drain water from pasta….use mitts…the bowl will still be hot!
Turn back on and hit the saute setting. Add in butter and milk. Stir. Add in cheese a cup at a time, stirring continuously as it melts.
Once you have the consistency you want, turn IP off and serve!
Putting it Together
To avoid using more dishes, I usually scoop single servings of the mac and cheese into bowls and add the desired amount of shredded buffalo chicken. You can add chopped green onions, more buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, more cheese or bacon if you want! Whatever your family would like!
Add Some Green
If you want to add some green to this recipe, I sometimes buy a bag of fresh or frozen broccoli, cook it per the package instructions and add it to the mix!
If your family likes this meal, be sure to check out these other 5 recipes using this same slow cooker buffalo chicken!
Find this post here.