Fried Chicken Mac & Cheese

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Fried Chicken Mac n Cheese

This fried chicken mac n cheese recipe is what happens when you decide to combine to classic favorites and just go for it.

Fried Chicken Mac n Cheese

Fried Chicken Mac n Cheese Cooking Tips:

Making a roux ensures that you have a creamy cheese sauce. Make sure you add your milk in 1/3 to make sure you cook out the flour taste.

Can you make ahead?

Fridge: After mac n cheee cools off, place in an airtight container in the fridge for 7 days max.

Reheating: Pop in a 350-degree oven for 10-15 minutes or bring a small amount of milk to a boil and stir in mac n cheese, cook until hot. *A 1/4 cup of liquid will be enough for 1 cup.

Fried Chicken Mac n Cheese

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Substitution Options:

Tenderloins or chicken thighs are a great substitute instead of breast.

Have fun and use different combinations of your favorites cheeses. White cheese’s melt better than yellow.

what to serve with Fried Chicken Mac N Cheese?

Meal Ideas:

Recipe:

Fried Chicken Mac n Cheese
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Fried Chicken Mac & Cheese

Fried Chicken Mac & Cheese- This recipe is what happens when you decide to combine to classic favorites and just go for it. Impressively this will be on your dinner table just because it’s so good!
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Creole, Southern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

Fried Chicken

  • 3 chicken breast 1 inch dice
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dry thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • Canola oil for frying

Mac N Cheese

  • 1 lbs. elbow macaroni cooked
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 quart half and half
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar
  • 2 cups mozzarella

Instructions

  • In a bowl add chicken, buttermilk and spices, stir together let sit for 30 minutes-1 hour in refrigerator. Heat oil to 375 degrees; over medium heat in a large skillet. Dredge chicken in flour and fry for 5 minutes; if frying in batches hold finished chicken in 200-degree oven.
  • Cook pasta in boiling water for 6 minutes.
  • In a pot over medium heat melt butter, then add flour and whisk together for 30 seconds. Add salt, pepper, garlic and dry mustard.
  • Whisk in half and half in thirds, then add cream. Bring to a boil once boiling add 2 cups cheddar and 1 cup mozzarella. Reduce heat to medium low and stir until cheese has melted. Add macaroni, 1/3 fried chicken and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour in mac and cheese into a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish sprinkle 1/3 fried chicken and the remaining cheese over top. Pop in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese has browned evenly. Remove from oven and top with remaining chicken.

Notes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

If you make this recipe, make sure to take a picture and share it on Instagram or Facebook and tag me @kennethtemple so we all can see that deliciousness!

2 thoughts on “Fried Chicken Mac & Cheese”

  1. 5 stars
    My first time trying this dish was at Essence Fest during Chef Kenneth’s live demonstration. He made enough to pass around and it was delicious!! So good, that I made it the next night for dinner! Definitely our family’s fav!

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