Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

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Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4
Active time:30 mintues
Total time:30 mintues
This recipe appears in: Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese
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Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 6 ounces block American cheese, roughly grated or diced
  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, roughly grated or diced
  • 1/4 cup Frank's hot sauce
  • 1 to 2 cups shredded cooked chicken meat (from 1 rotisserie or leftover chicken)
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallion greens
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

Procedures

  1. 1

    Combine cornstarch, evaporated milk, and eggs in a medium bowl and whisk until homogenous. Set aside.

  2. 2

    Cook pasta in a large stock pot in salted water according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking water. Return to stock pot and add cooking water, evaporated milk mixture, cheeses, and hot sauce. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted and sauce is creamy and smooth. Stir in chicken and scallions, reserving some scallions for garnish. Transfer to serving bowl, top with blue cheese and scallions, and serve immediately.

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