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How to Change up Your Mac and Cheese

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They say not to fix what isn't broken, but why settle for good when you can have great? Macaroni and cheese is one of those dishes that can satisfy everyone at the dinner table. After all, you can't go wrong with pasta and a slew of different cheeses. But when you add more ingredients, like chicken and buffalo sauce, you can make everyone's favorite comfort food even better.

Feel like trying something new and different? Take out your Crock-Pot® 3.5-Quart Casserole Crock Slow Cooker and follow this easy slow cooker recipe for cheesy chicken and pasta. You'll pack in more flavor and protein, and your guests will develop a new favorite dish.

This isn't your typical mac and cheese.This isn't your typical mac and cheese.

You'll Need:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces shell pasta
  • 1/2 cup water, optional
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
    2 cups shredded cheese
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk

Place chicken breast, chicken broth, buffalo wing sauce, onion powder, celery salt and pepper in slow cooker. Cover with lid and cook on high for 3 hours. Remove chicken from heat and shred the meat with two forks until it's at the desired texture. Transfer the meat back to your stone wear and add pasta, cream cheese and shredded cheese. You may also want to add water if the mixture seems dry so the pasta cooks all the way through. Cover with lid and cook on high for 30 minutes. In a small bowl, mix melted butter, flour and milk. Place mixture in a small saucepan and cook over low heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, then add it to your slow cooker. Stir together and serve immediately.

Due to the slow ramp up, and even heating of a slow cooker, recipes featured on this site can be cooked in a range of slow cooker sizes. Recipes can be increased or decreased by one quart size per the cooking instructions. For smaller sauces and dips that calls for 3 quarts or less, it is not recommended to alter the unit size. Crock-Pot® is a registered trademark and should not be used generically when referring to a 'slow cooker' within the recipes.
Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions has not tested these recipes and is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe. You may not achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, cooking times, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities. Please always use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, chicken or fish.


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