Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Happy Wednesday! To recap, I had such a great and full last weekend…on Friday night, my husband and I watched The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One with a good friend…it was SO SO SO SO SO good. Seriously. Even my husband (who hasn’t read the books) was literally on the edge of his seat for much of the movie.
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On Saturday evening, we went to dinner with my mother-in-law and her boyfriend. On Sunday we went to church and then I got to hang out with my good friend for lunch and shopping (she’s 9mo pregnant – can’t wait to meet her little one soon!)
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On Saturday, we also got our Christmas tree! We did the lights Saturday night, but two strands is just never enough, so on Sunday I went out to get a third strand…and then Sunday night, we were going to string the lights and decorate the tree, however one bulb went out, and in my attempt to fix it, made half the strand go out. So we bought another third strand, then finally decorated it on Monday. But my husband still needs to put up his beloved tinsel. Things in my household tend to be a…process. 😉 😉
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So while I don’t have Christmas tree pix, I do have a WONDERFUL recipe to share! I made buffalo chicken mac’n’cheese by A Spicy Perspective last week and it (like Mockingjay) was so so so so so good!! It was so creamy, first of all, which is a huge bonus. Homemade mac and cheese can be a difficult endeavor, but this was NOT! I wish I had taken more pictures of the process, to be honest, but oh well. In any case, if you like buffalo chicken, and you like mac and cheese, then you should definitely try this! Yum.
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Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

serves 6

Ingredients:
-one regular sized box of pasta (I used whole wheat shells)
-1 large chicken breast, cooked, shredded or cut into bite-size pieces (I baked mine with a few shakes of garlic salt, for about 35mins at 400F)
-2 small bell peppers, red and yellow, seeded and diced (I omitted this, because my husband doesn’t like peppers)
-1 bunch chopped green onions, divided
-2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
-8oz cream cheese
-1cu blue cheese dressing
-3/4cu Buffalo Hot Wing Sauce
-3cu shredded cheese, divided (I recommend a blend)
-3/4cu Panko bread crumbs

Directions:
-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
-Boil the pasta according to package directions. Drain, and pour into a large baking dish.
-Add the cooked chicken, chopped bell peppers, 3/4 of the green onions, and 2 1/4 cups of shredded cheese to the baking dish, then mix well.
-Place the garlic, cream cheese, blue cheese dressing and 1/2 cup of hot wing sauce in a food processor. Puree it until smooth, taste, and add another 1/4 cup hot wing sauce if needed. Pour over the pasta and toss.
-Mix the remaining 3/4 cup cheese and the Panko together. Sprinkle over the top of the pasta, then sprinkle with the remaining green onions.
-Bake until golden, about 30-40 minutes, depending on your oven.

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