Recipe: Hot chicken mac & cheese

- Music put Nashville on the map, but the Titans’ hometown is also known for hot chicken. So Ray Lampe, better known as Dr. BBQ, created a mash-up recipe of hot chicken and mac ‘n cheese for this week’s Thursday night matchup between the Titans and the Jaguars.

Sure, there’s cayenne, but the real kick in this recipe comes from Flaming Hot Cheetos.

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into medium sized cubes
Salt and pepper
3 teaspoons cayenne
¼ cup flour
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 stick butter
3 cups Half and Half
3 eggs, lightly beaten
8 ounces Velveeta, cut into cubes
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded jack cheese
Salt and pepper
1 pound cooked and cooled rotini
½ cup hot sauce
2 cups Flaming Hot Cheetos, crushed

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.  Season the chicken with salt, pepper and 2 teaspoons of the cayenne. Dust with the flour and toss to coat evenly. 
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook, tossing occasionally for about 8 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to a plate covered with paper towels and set aside. 
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the milk, then add the eggs and whisk until they are incorporated. Continue cooking, stirring often for a couple minutes, then add the Velveeta. Continue cooking and stirring until the milk reaches a low simmer. 
  4. Add all of the cheese and continue cooking and stirring until it’s all melted and mixed in. Season with salt, pepper and one teaspoon of cayenne mix. 
  5. Place the rotini in a large bowl. Top with the chicken and the cheese sauce. Mix well. Drizzle with the hot sauce. Toss lightly to leave the hot sauce in streaks. 
  6. Transfer to a large casserole that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Smooth out the top and place in the oven. 
  7. Cook for about 30 minutes until hot and bubbling. Remove from the oven and top with the Cheetos. 

SERVES: 
Makes about 8 servings
 

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