BBQ Chicken Crusted Smoked Cheddar Mac

Good Thursday morning all! It has been such a great week here in CA. I’ve had my family from AZ visiting and we’ve been running around all over the place. We went to Knotts Berry Farm, the Zoo and I think 4 beaches in the last couple days not to mention all the food we’ve consumed. It’s been great. I’m trying to talk them into moving to CA with us! We’ll see what I can do!

So, I made this mac last week when I had that leftover BBQ chicken and what a terrific combo! Cheddar and BBQ is so great together so it was really a no brainer when I topped this mac with a nice thick layer of BBQ. I baked half the recipe in individual bakers as shown above and half in a normal baking dish, bake it how you’d like. The whole family really enjoyed this dinner and I’ll bet you will will too! Off to the beach again, have a great day!

BBQ Chicken Crusted Smoked Cheddar Mac

1 lb mini farfalle pasta (use any pasta of choice)

5 Tablespoons butter
5 Tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
4 Cups milk, I used 2%
5 Cups shredded Tillamook smoked cheddar cheese (you could use any cheddar cheese)

2 Cups shredded BBQ Chicken HERE is the recipe
1 Cup shredded Tillamook smoked cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.

2. Melt butter into a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper; cook for 1 minute stirring. Slowly whisk in milk until smooth. Increase heat to medium high, stir continuously until liquid thickens and comes to a low boil. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheddar cheese until smooth then add cooked pasta. Pour mixture into a large baking dish then top evenly with BBQ chicken. Sprinkle with additional cheddar cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

3. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and serve.


See you all soon with more good cookin! Have a good one!

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48 Responses
  1. Kailey

    This looks amazing! My fiance really loves BBQ chicken and mac ‘n cheese, so I definitely want to make this! Are there any suggestions for making it in a smaller batch, like for two people? The biggest baking dish I have is a 9×13 inch. Thanks so much!

  2. Taxonomista

    I’ve tried several recipes from this site and always met with success, but THIS one is my absolute FAVORITE. Highly recommend the BBQ sauce recipe from the related pull-chicken page. I had a mental math mishap while shopping for this dish and ended up using 4 cups Sharp Cheddar and 1 cup Mozzarella (the only other cheese in my fridge). Made things a little stringy, but was a nice addition. Also, the leftovers are just as good as fresh out the oven.

  3. Kendray

    First off-love this recipe! I’ve made it before with great success! I do, however, have a question. I’d like to make this ahead and take it somewhere, then pop it in the oven for those last 20-some minutes. Do you think this would work? Do you have any recommendations??
    Thanks 🙂

  4. Sarah

    I made this and my husband said, “I would be completely happy if you made this every week.” It was great!

  5. Jessica

    OMG! This turned out AWESOME! I used some of the leftover roasted chicken from the tomato/bacon/chick soup recipe you have on here also. Great use of the chicken and I got 2 recipes out of a 4$ chicken. These have been great editions to our weekly menu! Thanks so much 🙂

  6. Marian

    Just found your website a couple weeks ago and am trying this recipe out tonight, after using your BBQ chicken short cut for dinner last night! I just put my mac and cheese in the oven to get warm and bubbly, I can’t wait to eat it!!!

  7. Jake Ten Pas

    It’s hard to improve upon either mac and cheese or barbecued chicken, so we guess it stands to reason that the combination of the two would be unstoppable. Still, we never would have put them together until we saw your photos. Then, we got so excited that we made your entry our Post of the Day at If you don’t believe us, see for yourself.
    Jake Ten Pas
    Tillamook Cheese Fan Club

  8. Leah

    Just tried this one out and it was delicious! I halved the recipe since it’s just me and I still have plenty of leftovers. I also topped it with some cracker meal mixed with butter for a little extra crunch…this is my new go-to casserole, thanks so much!

  9. Patsyk

    Yum! If your picky eaters will go for bbq chicken in it, then maybe my youngest would like it. I’m printing this off now!

  10. Barbara

    Congratulations on your adjusting to your move to CA. Having your family visit is a bonus.
    Love the mac and cheese. Sounds like a recipe for Tillamook.

  11. carol

    Oh my…mac and cheese is my weakness for sure… if I add chicken can I call it healthier???? 🙂
    This looks absolutely mouth-watering Jenny. Glad you’re having fun with your family-hope you can talk them into moving to CA!

  12. Clumbsy Cookie

    Glad you had a great time with the family! I just bought cheddar today cause I’m craving mac and cheese, and now seeing this is not helping, lol!

  13. Dawn

    I’m sitting here trying to find something to make for dinner (inspiration more so) while eating sunflower seeds. And your photos are killing me. This looks sooooo darn good.

  14. Maria

    Glad you are having fun with the family. I will try this mac and cheese on my hubby, he loves the stuff. It looks great!

  15. Mary

    This looks wonderful, Jenny. It sounds as though your adjustment to California has been successful and easy.

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