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Jim & Cola Chicken with Buffalo Mac

Jim & Cola Chicken with Buffalo Mac

A sweet and spicy marinated chicken over a bowl of spicy homemade mac & cheese!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Marinating Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 2 lb Chicken Thighs boneless, skinless
  • ½ lb Bacon cut into ½ inch pieces
  • lb Short Pasta elbows, shells, rotini

For the Marinade

  • 12 oz Cola
  • ½ cup Bourbon like Jim Bean
  • ½ cup Hot Honey like Mike's
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Dried Minced Onion
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 tsp Ginger Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper

For the Buffalo Cheese Sauce

  • 4 tsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 4 tsp Flour
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ cup Buffalo Sauce like Frank's Red Hot


  • In a gallon-sized zipper bag, combine marinade ingredients. Add chicken and let marinate at least 2 hours (up to 24 hours).
  • Start water boiling for pasta.
  • In a large saute pan over medium high heat, add bacon. Cook until crispy and remove to a paper towel covered plate. Reserve bacon grease.
  • In same saute pan, add chicken pieces and cook each side for 3 minutes. Reserve marinade.
  • Reduce heat in saute pan to medium and pour in reserved marinade. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook as directed on package. Drain in a colander and rinse with cool water. Return to pot, away from heat.
  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, add butter and garlic powder. Once melted, whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Then whisk in chicken stock and cook for 2 minutes. Next add heavy cream and cook for 2 minutes. Then add cheeses, one cup at a time, until fully incorporated. Lastly add in buffalo sauce and stir to combine, cook another 2 minutes. Pour sauce over cooked pasta and stir to combine.
  • Serve in a shallow bowl starting with portion of buffalo mac. Place 2-3 piece of chicken to one side of bowl, then sprinkle with bacon pieces.
Keyword bacon, bourbon, buffalo sauce, Chicken, cola, mac & cheese, marinade
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