[Cooking] BBQ chicken mac n cheese

First of all, many apologies for not posting for a few days… I’ve been playing around with WordPress plug-ins and such, and sort of got distracted haha.  Hopefully the posting schedule will return to normal soon.

Anyway, onto today’s topic.  I remember there used to be a beer-BBQ chicken-mac-n-cheese at Karl Strauss restaurant, and it was so good.  Creamy mac n cheese with chicken drenched in beer-flavored barbecue sauce – seriously a match made in heaven.  Unfortunately, that item is no longer available on the menu.  So I attempted to make my own version.

Making a good mac n cheese isn’t hard but does require some patience.  I looked around many sources for a recipe, and sort of made an adaptation of various ones.  I also ended up making my own barbecue sauce since I didn’t have any store-bought ones on hand, but you can certainly use whatever you please.

Let me know what you think of the recipe format, and of the mac and cheese!

BBQ chicken mac n cheese | Jinxi Eats

Serves 3-4
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Misc Serve Hot
This skillet barbecue chicken mac-n-cheese is simple and filled with flavor. Use your favorite barbecue sauce, or follow the recipe to make your own version!


Mac n cheese

  • 3 Medium boneless skinless chicken thighs (cubed)
  • 3 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 8oz elbow macaroni (cooked and drained)
  • 2.5 tablespoons butter
  • 2.5 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheese ((I used a mixture of mozzerella, cheddar, jack, and parmesan))

Barbecue sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • pinch red chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • pinch salt (adjust to taste)


Mac n cheese
Season the chicken pieces with salt & pepper. Cook on medium heat until no longer pink in a greased, oven-safe skillet. While the chicken is cooking, preheat oven to 350F, and prepare the macaroni according to instructions.
Remove chicken from skillet and toss with barbecue sauce (recipe below). Set aside.
In the same skillet, melt butter over low-heat. Slowly stir in flour, then add all the seasonings. Stir in milk, then cream, then cheese. Add in the cooked & drained macaroni and stir until everything is mixed. Finally, add chicken back into the skillet and stir until evenly mixed into the mac n cheese.
Cover the top with panko crumbs and more cheese (if desired). Place skillet into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Cool for 5-10 minutes and serve.
Barbecue sauce
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Adjust seasoning as desired.

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