4 Cheese Mac and Cheese With Honey Pepper Chicken

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  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon
  • seasoned flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning salt
  • 3/4 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger (dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • chicken (FRIED)
  • 1 pound chicken fingers (trimmed of any excess fat)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • pepper sauce (HONEY)
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or less, to taste)
  • 4 cheese sauce
  • 1/2 stick butter (4 Tbsp)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 Anaheim chile (diced, can substitute with jalapeno or poblano)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded asiago cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • fresh parsley (for garnish)
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium173% DV4140mg
    Fat146% DV95g
    Protein224% DV114g
    Carbs42% DV127g
    Fiber36% DV9g
    Calories1800Calories from Fat860
    Total Fat95g146%
    Saturated Fat49g245%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat860
    Total Carbohydrate127g42%
    Dietary Fiber9g36%
    Vitamin A150%
    Vitamin C60%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    Macheté 2 months ago
    The chicken and honey sauce was all I made and it came out wonderful
    Yairy Roman 5 months ago
    I cook a lot and can say that this is the best chicken I’ve made!!!! I did everything from scratch and it was definitely a lot of work. I would probably separate the Mac and cheese and the chicken to simplify cooking (cook the chicken with a baked potato or something simpler 😂). I’m definitely making this chicken a lot more! I also think the seasoned flour and butter milk were too much for 1lbs of tender. I didn’t want to waste it so I kept seasoning more tenders to cook later and was able to season 3lbs of chicken tenders total.
    Kat 6 months ago
    I made the chicken and it was amazing! This is now one of my favorite recipes! I will definitely make it again!
    Dana Diaz 7 months ago
    I don’t know if I did something wrong, but the sauce did not thicken for me lol. I just tossed the chicken tenders in buffalo sauce. Both, the Mac and cheese and the chicken came out so good.
    99ghosts 8 months ago
    I really liked it. I think I personally I would have made a little more sauce.
    Eve Nettesheim 9 months ago
    Honey pepper sauce didn't thicken, but the flavors were great
    sa d. 10 months ago
    I only did the sauce for the chicken and it was alright, I wouldn’t recommend adding too much pineapple juice
    Peter Ryckbosch a year ago
    It was delicious in every sense of the word. Highly recommend
    Collin Gustafson a year ago
    add a cornstarch slurry to the sauce to thicken it up, other than that it was delicious!
    Amanda L. a year ago
    so delicious. ive made it a few times. definitely a family favorite.
    Sommer a year ago
    This is a meal that you write home about. LOL! Seriously satisfying! The mac n cheese is really creamy and flavorful. (My family loves Costco's deli mac n chesse and I think this recipe could be the same/similar one that they use.) I did bake the mac and cheese for 15-20 minutes in the oven after I was done making it on the stovetop. I admit that I took a short cut by getting chicken tenders from our local grocery deli. I just poured the sauce over them and baked them in the oven for a little bit while I was baking the mac and cheese. My family was in love with this recipe!
    Mat Langner a year ago
    The meal was great . Didn’t modify it and I would make it again soon
    Jamille 2 years ago
    This is one of our favorite Sunday dinners. I don’t use the peppers (4&6 year olds) and I make more than 6 chicken tenders, probably around 10. We do leftovers for lunch in our house ☺️
    Delicious, will definitely make again
    Allison Turcios 2 years ago
    One bite into this meal, my husband pronounced this his new favorite meal I've ever made (steak is still his favorite food, but he cooks that :P)! I found that I probably could have used 1/2 the amount of seasoned flour and 1/2 the buttermilk and still had plenty to drench my 6 chicken tenders. I couldn't find asiago at my local store, so I bought a blend of shredded cheese that included asiago, romano, mozarella and parmesan. I also skipped the peppers b/c I wanted my picky two year old to try this. I didn't think it was terribly time-consuming but it's not one of those 5 minute prep and 30 mins cooking type meals. You can do a lot of the stuff simultaneously (which makes it go faster, but busier) or you can do almost anything ahead of time or take shortcuts (like buy bacon bits instead of cooking your own) to make it easier. I also didn't deep fry my chicken but just cooked it in a bit of oil in a cast-iron pan and found that to be quite delicious (and maybe save a little in the calorie department!)
    Awesome! Better than Applebee’s and a lot of fun to make!
    Shauna 2 years ago
    Super delicious! But time consuming if you are making all components from scratch!
    Robin 3 years ago
    Awesome followed the recipe an it was delicious. I'll make this often was not hard seems like a lot of work but it wasn't honestly