Buffalo Wild Wings Mac And Cheese Recipe (Photos + Video)

In my opinion, no one does mac and cheese better than Buffalo Wild Wings. It’s a remarkable dish that is prepared with two of my favorite ingredients, cheese and hot sauce!

Homemade Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese

I feel the uniqueness of this recipe comes from the addition of hot sauce. Hot sauce in mac and cheese, you ask? Well, yes! If you haven’t tried this combo before, then you must. The combination of spicy sauce and savory cheese is simply amazing.

Moreover, I found the idea of using three kinds of cheese instead of one wonderful, as it makes the sauce rich in savory and tangy flavors. After my first trial, I also found that the sauce can be customized further by adding herbs and spices to suit my taste.  

Therefore, this recipe has become my favorite, and I end up making it even for weeknights, as it makes everyone happy at home. If you are a fan of mac and cheese too, I totally recommend you to try out this recipe. 

Mac and Cheese from Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant

Equipment Required For Buffalo Wild Wings Mac And Cheese

I have listed all the necessary equipment to prepare Buffalo Wild Wings mac and cheese so your cooking process will go smoothly.

  • Induction or Stove Top – You will need a stovetop or induction to cook the dish.
  • Large Pot – To make this dish, you must boil the macaroni. Therefore, a large pot will help you do so easily.
  • Dutch Oven – A Dutch oven will be required to cook the pasta. 
  • Knife – This dish makes use of chicken. Therefore, a sharp knife will help you cut it properly and efficiently. 
  • Whisk – You must use a whisk to combine the sauce’s ingredients. It will ensure you achieve smooth consistency.
  • Spatula – A spatula will help you stir and combine all the ingredients.

Buffalo Wild Wings Mac And Cheese Ingredients & Substitutions

Copycat Buffalo Wild Wings Official Mac and Cheese

Note: This recipe makes eight servings. You can double the recipe to make more or reduce it to make fewer servings.

To make it easy for you, I have listed the ingredients and their substitutes so that you have an alternative option to work with, just in case you don’t find some ingredients. 

  • 1 (16 ounces) Package of Elbow Macaroni – Macaroni is the traditional choice for preparing this dish, as its tubular shape effectively holds the creamy cheese sauce. Therefore, macaroni must be your first choice. However, you can use Cavatappi, shell pasta, or penne if you don’t find it. 
  • 1 Rotisserie-Roasted Chicken – using rotisserie-roasted chicken will make this dish all the more flavorful as it has a smoky flavor. However, you can also use grilled or boiled chicken. 
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter 
  • 6 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour – All-purpose flour helps thicken the sauce. You can also use cornstarch, almond flour, or oat flour in its place. However, these substitutes will make minor changes to the flavor.
  • 3 Cups milk – Mac and cheese tastes best when cooked with full-fat milk. However, you can also use low-fat, skim, or nut milk. 
  • 1 Pinch Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese Cheddar cheese has a rich, lightly tangy, and nutty taste. However, if you can find it, you can substitute American cheese, Colby cheese, and Swiss cheese.
  • 2 Cups Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese – Monterey Jack cheese is known for its nutty buttery flavor. Gouda, Muenster, or Edam cheese can also replicate these flavors.
  • ½ Cup Hot Sauce (such as Frank’s® Redhot®), or more to taste
  • ½ Cup Parmesan Cheese Parmesan cheese adds a rich depth of flavor to the dish, complementing the sauce’s creaminess.
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese Copycat Recipe

Buffalo Wild Wings Mac And Cheese Preparation & Cooking Time

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
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Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese Ingredients

How To Make Buffalo Wild Wings Mac And Cheese

Preparing Buffalo Wild Wings mac and cheese is relatively easy. I have also mentioned some tips below, along with the recipe steps to help you ace the recipe.

Step 1 Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese

Step 1- To prepare Buffalo Wild Wings mac and cheese, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and cook the macaroni for about 8 minutes. Drain the water once the macaroni reaches the al dente stage, as it will cook further with the cheese.


Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese Step 2

Step 2- Then, place a Dutch oven on the stovetop or induction. Melt butter in it over medium heat, and gradually whisk in flour to form a thick paste called roux. Cook the sauce for about 1 minute until it turns golden.


Step 3 Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese

Step 3- Now, pour in room-temperature milk in the pot and whisk the mixture constantly until thickened for about 5 minutes. Continue to cook and stir the sauce until it turns smooth for about a minute so there are no lumps.


Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese Step 4

Step 4- Then, add boiled macaroni to the sauce.


Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese Step 5

Step 5- Put the freshly grated cheddar, Monterey jack, and parmesan cheese into the pot. Mix everything properly until well combined. A whisk will help you do the job better.


Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese Step 6

Step 6- Then, stir in hot sauce, depending on the desired level of spiciness, along with salt and pepper.


Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese Step 7

Step 7- Now add chicken and macaron to the sauce and mix well to combine.


Homemade Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese

Step 8- Serve your mac and cheese hot, and enjoy! I like to garnish the dish with fresh basil leaves or microgreens for a vibrant and sophisticated look.

Buffalo Wild Wings Mac And Cheese Recipe Video

Here is the copycat recipe video of Buffalo Wild Wings authentic mac and cheese recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions About Buffalo Wild Wings Mac And Cheese

Some Tips & Tricks To Make Buffalo Wild Wings Mac And Cheese Better

I will share all the tricks to help you make this the best-tasting mac and cheese ever!

  • I recommend not using pre-shredded cheese as it contains cornstarch or potato starch, which spoils the texture of your sauce. 
  • To add an indulgent touch of golden cheese crust, I suggest topping the dish with shredded cheese and broiling it in the oven until the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned. 
  • To make the sauce creamier and silkier in texture, I always mix in a small amount of cream cheese or sour cream.
  • I also found adding a splash of white wine or sherry enhances the overall richness of the mac and cheese.
  • I always mix in some caramelized onions to make the dish more flavorful.
  • Adding a dash of truffle oil makes the mac and cheese luxurious and rich in flavor.
  • For an added layer of complexity, I also like to sprinkle some smoked or truffle salt on top.

Buffalo Wild Wings Mac And Cheese Nutritional Information

Mac and cheese is a truly indulgent dish that comes loaded with cheese. Therefore, it is also rich in calories. 

Each serving contains 781 calories, which is a little on the higher side. Moreover, each serving also contains 978 mg of sodium, again on the higher side. Thus, it is advisable to enjoy this dish in moderation. 

NutrientsValues
Calories780.7 kcal
Fat41.9 g
Saturated Fat22.5 g
Cholesterol157.1 mg
Sodium977.8 mg
Carbohydrates51.7 g
Fiber2 g
Sugar6.3 g
Protein47.3 g

Recipe Variations of Buffalo Wild Wings Mac And Cheese

If you follow a gluten-free, vegan, keto, or dairy-free diet, you can modify the recipe accordingly by making a few ingredient swaps. Allow me to help you figure out how. 

  • Gluten-Free – You can easily make gluten-free mac and cheese using gluten-free macaroni and an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend with xanthan gum or cornstarch.  
  • Vegan – You can also create a vegan-friendly mac and cheese by preparing a bechamel sauce with vegan butter, all-purpose flour, coconut milk, and vegetable stock. Flavor the sauce with cheesy flavorings like Dijon mustard, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. 
  • Keto – If you know anyone following a keto diet, you can replace macaroni with cauliflower florets to cut down on carbs. 
  • Dairy-free – To prepare dairy-free mac and cheese, simply prepare the sauce using vegan butter, almond milk, dairy-free mozzarella-style shreds, dairy-free cheddar-style shreds, and nutritional yeast flakes.

How To Store & Reheat Buffalo Wild Wings Mac And Cheese

Wondering how to store leftovers? It’s very easy! Take a look at the steps below to find out how you can store leftover mac and cheese.

Storing

Refrigerator: You can easily store mac and cheese in the refrigerator. Simply let it come to room temperature and transfer it to an airtight container. Place the container in the coolest part of the refrigerator. This way, your mac and cheese will stay fresh for 3-4 days. 

Freezer: This dish is also freezer-friendly. Allow your mac and cheese to come to room temperature and transfer it to an airtight container. Place the container in the freezer. This way, your mac and cheese can be stored for about a month. 

Reheating 

On Stove: To reheat refrigerated mac and cheese, add a splash of milk or cream and gently heat it over low heat on a stove. Stir continuously until the sauce becomes creamy again. 

In The Oven: You can also reheat mac and cheese in the oven by transferring the leftovers to a casserole pan. Heat it in a 350℉ preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until uniformly heated through. 

In The Microwave: Mac and cheese can also be reheated easily in a microwave. Simply place the desired quantity in a microwave-safe bowl and cover it with a lid. Heat the dish for about 2 minutes on medium-high heat. 

The process for reheating frozen mac and cheese will remain the same. However, you will have to thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. 

Serving Suggestions With Buffalo Wild Wings Mac And Cheese Recipe

Mac and cheese is such a tasty dish that everyone enjoys. However,  I will share some fantastic side options that complement its taste to make a stellar meal.

  1. Pickled Vegetables Serve the mac and cheese with pickles or vegetables for a tangy contrast.
  2. Salad – Serve mac and cheese alongside a side salad with citrus vinaigrette to balance out the richness of the mac and cheese.
  3. Garlic Bread – Garlic bread and mac and cheese is a classic combination that tastes delectable.
  4. Green Beans – To boost the nutritional value of your meal, try mac and cheese with sautéed green beans. 
  5. Garlic Butter Grilled Steak & Shrimp – Prepare a gourmet dinner for your family by pairing mac and cheese with garlic butter, grilled steak, and shrimp. 
  6. You can also serve mac and cheese with a fruity and aromatic white wine such as Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Printable Version Of Buffalo Wild Wings Mac And Cheese

Homemade Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese

Buffalo Wild Wings Mac And Cheese Recipe

The Buffalo Wild Wings mac and cheese recipe is a simple yet amazing recipe. In addition to the usual mac and cheese ingredients, we add blue cheese, shredded rotisserie chicken, and hot sauce. This gives the mac and cheese a lot of flavor and dimension.
4.28 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Copycat Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 780.7 kcal

Equipment

  • Induction
  • Large Pot
  • Dutch Oven
  • Knife
  • Whisk
  • Spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (16-ounce) package Macaroni
  • 1 Rotisserie Roasted Chicken (bones removed and meat shredded)
  • 6 tablespoons Butter
  • 3 cups Milk
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cups Monetary Jack Cheese (shredded)
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese (crumbled)
  • ½ cup Hot Sauce
  • 2 cups Water
  • 6 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 pinch Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Salt

Instructions
 

  • To prepare Buffalo Wild Wings mac and cheese, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and cook the macaroni for about 8 minutes. Drain the water once the macaroni reaches the al dente stage, as it will cook further with the cheese.
    Step 1 Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese
  • Then, place a Dutch oven on the stovetop or induction. Melt butter in it over medium heat, and gradually whisk in flour to form a thick paste called roux. Cook the sauce for about 1 minute until it turns golden.
    Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese Step 2
  • Now, pour in room-temperature milk in the pot and whisk the mixture constantly until thickened for about 5 minutes. Continue to cook and stir the sauce until it turns smooth for about a minute so there are no lumps.
    Step 3 Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese
  • Then, add boiled macaroni to the sauce.
    Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese Step 4
  • Put the freshly grated cheddar, Monterey jack, and parmesan cheese into the pot. Mix everything properly until well combined. A whisk will help you do the job better.
    Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese Step 5
  • Then, stir in hot sauce, depending on the desired level of spiciness, along with salt and pepper.
    Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese Step 6
  • Now add chicken and macaron to the sauce and mix well to combine.
    Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese Step 7
  • Serve your mac and cheese hot, and enjoy! I like to garnish the dish with fresh basil leaves or microgreens for a vibrant and sophisticated look.
    Homemade Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 1Portion | Calories: 780.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.7g | Protein: 47.3g | Fat: 41.9g | Saturated Fat: 22.5g | Cholesterol: 157.1mg | Sodium: 977.8mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6.3g
Keyword Buffalo Wild Wings, Buffalo Wild Wings Mac and Cheese, Hearty Mac And Cheese Recipe
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More Buffalo Wild Wings Recipes You Can Try

Buffalo Wild Wings mac and cheese is perfect for both lunch and dinner. But you can also try many other dishes from this restaurant at home. Please take a look at some of my favorite recipes.

  1. Buffalo Wild Wings Ultimate Nachos – The ultimate nachos are perfect for any occasion. They are prepared with tortilla chips layered with cooked beef, refried beans, and queso dip.
  2. Buffalo Wild Wings Thai Curry Wings – This recipe is an excellent take on classic wings. The wings are coated with a delicious sweet and spicy Thai curry sauce.
  3. Buffalo Wild Wings Parmesan Garlic Sauce – To make your chicken wings taste more delicious, try out this cheesy sauce that goes with just about everything.

Conclusion

I hope you have enjoyed reading through the whole process of making this incredibly delicious mac and cheese. It’s a dish that is also easy to make. 

Moreover, the ingredients required for this recipe are easy to find, and the recipe is adaptable to different dietary needs. So, try out this recipe and let us know how it turned out in the comments below! 

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