Buffalo Chicken Mac n' Cheese!!!!

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I saw this recipe pop up on Food Network's Twitter and HAD to try it!!!:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/buffalo-chicken-macaroni-and-cheese-recipe/index.html

Ingredients

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the dish
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce (preferably Frank's)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 pound yellow sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 8 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chicken and

garlic and cook 2 minutes, then add 1/2 cup hot sauce and simmer until slightly thickened,

about 1 more minute.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in

the flour and mustard with a wooden spoon until smooth. Whisk in the half-and-half, then add the remaining 1/4 cup hot sauce and stir until thick, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, then whisk in the sour cream until smooth.

Spread half of the macaroni in the prepared baking dish, then top

with the chicken mixture and the remaining macaroni. Pour the c

heese sauce evenly on top.

Put the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a medium microwave-

safe bowl and microwave until melted. Stir in the panko, blue cheese and parsley. Sprinkle over the macaroni and bake until bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.



Macaroni & chicken layer

Completed before putting in the oven

This recipe turned out AMAZING!!! Although it could feed an entire army... I suggesting having at least 6-8 people over for a dinner party to make this or do what we did: leftovers!!!! My favorite part was the creamy sauce that had a kick to it and the blue cheese panko top... YUMMMMM!!!!!!

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