Let me start by saying this dish was as easy as 1..2…3 πŸ™‚ Crock pot meals are great, and make for easy cleanup too. This buffalo chicken mac & cheese was so good.. Funny story on this one, I had someone email a request for this exact dish, and little did she know it was in my “to make” book, which keeps growing and growing πŸ˜‰ Her email made me bring it to the top of the list, cause you all know I needed another buffalo chicken dish..like pronto! Btw- if the person who emailed me is reading this, I tried to reply and the mail was returned πŸ™ but none the less I hope you enjoy my creation. It’s not your typical loaded cheesy macaroni, cause well let’s face it this is a weight watcher friendly recipe blog, but I do think you will all love the end result. I sure did! Makes 8-1 cup servings at 5 smart points each..

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Crock pot buffalo chicken mac & cheese

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 8
5SP blue, 6SP green, 2SP purple, 6PP (old program) per serving

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces raw boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup franks hot sauce
  • 3 cups cooked whole wheat macaroni pasta
  • 2 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/3 cup plain 0% yogurt (reg or greek is fine)
  • 2 oz light cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded light cheese (I used a 3 cheese blend)

Instructions 

  • Place your chicken, broth and hot sauce in your crock pot, cook on high for 3 hours (or low for 6-7)
  • Boil your pasta on stove for 5 minutes only just before your chicken is ready, set aside.
  • Using two forks shred your chicken apart in the crock pot.
  • Add in cooked pasta, milk, yogurt, cream cheese and shredded cheese.
  • Cook on low for 2 hours.
  • Makes 8-1 cup servings
  • Store leftovers in fridge or can be frozen.

Notes

SP Freestyle per serving- (blue) 5 using WW recipe builder
Smart points per serving- (green) 6 using WW recipe builder
Smart Points per serving- (purple) 2 using WW recipe builder
Points plus per serving- 6 using points plus calculator
Nutritional info per 1 cup serving.. Calories 235... Fat 5.5g...Sat fat 3.1g... Carbs 19.4g... Fiber 2.2g...Sugar 4.4g... Protein 28.3g using My Fitness Pal
Author: Drizzle
Course: Main meals

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45 Comments

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    Eileen Hagen Reply

    Thanks so much, Kate, for doing this and so quickly. I’ll be trying it this week. I’m sorry your email was returned. I’ve been having some issues with my email and, hopefully, it’s worked it’s way out. Take care!

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle Reply

      Hi Eileen.. Yay.. Glad I found you πŸ™‚ I did’nt wan’t you thinking I was ignoring your email.. I hope you enjoy this.. just a simple dish with what I thought was great results πŸ™‚

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    Hi Kate! I’m in Canada and wondering what brand and kind of macaroni did you use πŸ™‚

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      Drizzle Reply

      Hi Lindsey, I buy the PC blue menu whole wheat macaroni πŸ™‚

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    Michelle G Reply

    This looks so amazing! My family probably won’t go for it but it would be amazing for me to make for my lunches. I’m new to WW and loving your site!

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle Reply

      Hi Michelle, glad your enjoying the site/recipes.. You could freeze this into single servings πŸ™‚

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    Do you cook the macaroni completely before adding it to the crock pot? Or only cook it for 5 mins so it is not completely cooked before adding it to the crock? Want to make this today to freeze for meals the next couple weeks.

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      Drizzle Reply

      Yes, just the amount stated in the recipe (I think it says 5 or 6 minutes, sorry not on that page right now) it won’t be fully cooked as it will finish cooking in crock pot, I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

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    This is one of those delicious recipes that when the last serving is gone you can’t help thinking if making it twice in one week is too soon. I think not! πŸ˜‰

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      Drizzle Reply

      Haha! I love that you loved it that much Joy πŸ™‚

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    Making this for dinner tonight. This sounds so good. Made your taco pie last night and it was a huge hit. Thanks.

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      Drizzle Reply

      Hi Jen, hope you enjoy it, and so glad to hear you enjoyed the taco pie πŸ™‚

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    Can you use frozen chicken breasts? That what I usually use in all my crockpot recipes

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle Reply

      Do you mean put chicken in crock pot frozen and cook? I think so, just might require a little longer to cook

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    Do you cook your macaroni and Then only use 3 cups of cooked macaroni in the recipe?? I always get confused with portions when the box says for x amount if that’s cooked or uncooked because it expands and there is a difference.

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle Reply

      I used 3 cups of partially cooked pasta, as recipe states boil for 5 min only, hope that helps

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    Teresa Hubert Reply

    So is it 3 cups dry pasta and then you cook it or 3 cups after it is cooked? Thanks for your help. I love your site. This is my 3rd recipe in 3 days from your site.

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    Dawn Schoenberg Reply

    Do you think this would be good with crab meat or shrimp?

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle Reply

      Yeah I think so, I don’t like seafood but if you do I can’t see why it wouldn’t work πŸ™‚

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        Hey Driz! Nice recipe. So delicious. It’s a staple at our house!
        For anyone looking for an instant pot friendly version , here is what I did:
        ***please note: My version calls for three cups of DRY macaroni noodles. That increases the points so do your own calculations***

        Place boneless skinless chicken breasts in the instant pot. Pour 1 cup-ish of chicken broth in with it. Cook on manual high Mode for 10 minutes. Do a quick release.
        -Shred the chicken with two forks and add back into the pot with the original liquid. Spread out shredded chicken evenly over the bottom of the pot.
        -measure out 3 cups-ish of dry macaroni. Spread evenly over the chicken. Don’t stir. Add water or chicken broth so the pasta is JUST covered. Add about 1/8 cup of hot sauce on top.
        -set to high manual mode for 7 minutes. Do a quick release.
        – stir the chicken and noodles together. Add in ONLY ONE CUP OF MILK. You have leftover liquid in the pot. Add the milk in slowly. I added in about 1/3 cup and then added more as needed.
        -stir in cheese, cubed cream cheese and Greek yogurt. I did it in stages. Added half, stirred well. Added more milk, stirred, added the rest of the ingredients, stirred. A bit more milk.
        Then stir in your remaining hot sauce.

        Hope that helps. Sounds complicated but actually super easy.

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    Nina Bolinder Reply

    Hi Kate,
    Is Franks Hot sauce really spicy and do the end result play out really spicy?
    We like mild-medium but not hot.
    Would 1/2 the amt. be fine?
    Thanks.

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle Reply

      Hi Nina, franks is spicy yes but over all this dish is not crazy spicy, I think you will find it ok and sure you can lower the amount, maybe add in a little water to accommodate the loss of liquid

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    This was great! Perfect for when you are craving carbs and cheese. Nice little kick to it too!

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    Looks wonderful! I just cooked my cheicken in the crock pot. Do I drain the excess liquid or retain it? Thanks!

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    Yum! Making this for tonight. Question: do you include all the liquid that’s left after cooking the chicken? There’s quite a lot!

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle Reply

      Sorry I was late getting to this .. sorry I replied to quickly on the last one, no you do not drain it

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    Love your recipes! How would I adjust this recipe to cook in an instant pot?

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      Drizzle Reply

      Hi Julie, glad your enjoying the recipes, I’m sorry but I don’t have a instapot so I’m not much help on that one

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    Dave smith Reply

    Hi there, my name is Dave and I am a disabled guy with half of my left leg and half of my right foot . I love this recipe for buffalo mac & cheese! Thank you for posting this I’m always looking for easy things to make in my crockpot !!!!!

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle Reply

      Hi Dave, I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the mac & cheese πŸ™‚ Crockpot meals definitely make life easier

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    Angela Patterson Reply

    Love this recipe! Do you think you could freeze e everything but the pasta and add that later?

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle Reply

      Hi Angela, so glad you enjoy it πŸ™‚ I have never tried doing that but it sounds like it would probably work out well

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    what happens if you don’t have two hours to cook the pasta could you cook it almost all the way and then just put it back in the Crock-Pot on high for like a half an hour with the other stuff and mix it together

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