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Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese

Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese


Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese – Immerse yourself in the world of Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese where creamy, sweet and mildly spicy flavors come together. This dish is a mixture of crispy breaded chicken blanketed in a honey pepper sauce and soft spiral noodles packed with cheesy excellence. It’s a relaxing yet thrilling feast that delivers a remarkable twist, on the classic mac and cheese. Our recipe melds mozzarella, parmesan and Colby jack cheeses for an adventure along with a whiff of basil to add freshness. When describing this dish we can’t forget to mention the cheese sauce, the tanginess of the honey pepper sauce and the satisfying crunch of bacon.

Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese

The first time I decided to make this recipe was, on an evening when warmth was what we needed. I wanted to surprise my family with something that was both familiar and new. As our kitchen filled with the enticing aromas of simmering sauces my husband’s curiosity quickly turned into anticipation. With every bite we took together as a family our hearts warmed up alongside our bodies laughter filling the room as our child’s eyes sparkled in delight. This dish swiftly became one that was frequently requested since it embodies everything we cherish about family dinners; love, comfort and pure deliciousness.

What makes this Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese truly stand out?

So what makes this Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese truly stand out? To start off this dish offers a gourmet twist on a loved favorite by adding a honey pepper sauce that brings both sweetness and spice. The contrast, between the crispy chicken and the creamy cheesy pasta creates a texture. What’s more this recipe is quite versatile allowing you to customize it to your liking by either baking or frying the chicken or even incorporating veggies, for added nutrition.

Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese

What You Need To Make This Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe?

Spiral Noodles: These delightful twisty noodles are fantastic, at capturing and holding onto our velvety cheese sauce ensuring that each bite is as scrumptious as the last.

Breaded Chicken Strips: Picture a crispy golden exterior with a succulent interior all coated in a spicy glaze. These chicken strips aren’t just delicious; they’re the star of the show.

Bacon: Who can resist the allure of bacon? It provides a crunch. Imparts a smoky flavor that elevates every bite, especially when mixed into our cheesy pasta.

Fresh Basil: A sprinkling of basil adds a burst of freshness that cuts through the richness of the cheese and bacon bringing an herbaceous balance to the dish.

Cheese Sauce Ingredients: Our blend of mozzarella, parmesan and Colby jack cheeses melts into a sauce that’s creamy, cheesy and absolutely comforting. The garlic-infused butter base enhances the flavor to make this sauce irresistible.

Honey Pepper Sauce: This sauce is a combination of honey sweetness, tangy lemon and pineapple juice notes with a hint of pepper and cayenne, for just the right amount of spice. It’s what gives our chicken its flavor.

Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese

Steps To Make Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese:

Step 1: Start by either baking or frying your chicken strips as per the instructions on their package—or go homemade for an extra touch of love. Set these aside once done.

Step 2: Boil your spiral noodles to al dente perfection, as they’ll be soaking up that creamy cheese sauce later on.

Step 3: For the honey pepper sauce, combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Let it come to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes. The aroma will be your first sign of magic happening. Once thickened slightly, set it aside to cool.

Step 4: The cheese sauce is where the heart of this dish lies. Melt butter and cream together, then gradually mix in the cheeses and garlic. The moment everything melds together, seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper, you’ll know it’s going to be good.

Step 5: Combine the pasta with this heavenly sauce, adding in the crispy bacon for that smoky crunch.

Step 6: Coat your chicken strips in the honey pepper sauce, ensuring each piece is generously covered.

Step 7: Serving time is a spectacle: a heaping portion of cheesy pasta topped with the glazed chicken, a sprinkle of basil, and perhaps a bit more bacon, because why not?

Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese


To make a Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese my best advice is to pay close attention to the chicken’s quality and preparation. Whenever possible choose breaded chicken strips of store-bought ones. Before breading it marinate the chicken in buttermilk for an hour. This not only makes the chicken tender. Also allows the breading to adhere better resulting in strips that are incredibly juicy, on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside. When you coat these strips with the honey pepper sauce they transform the dish from good to exceptional by adding a flavor and texture that’s hard to surpass. This simple step makes a difference, in creating a dish that’s both comforting and gourmet.

Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Sure you can definitely organize this dish in advance. Just make sure to keep all the elements prepared and construct them when you’re set to serve. If required you can chill the sauces. Gently reheat them later.

Can I use different types of cheese?

Definitely! You have the latitude to experiment with kinds of cheese based on your selections. However the recommended ones already propose a rounded flavor profile.

Is there a way to make this dish lighter?

If you want to make this dish lighter there are a couple of choices. You could consider utilizing grilled chicken strips of proteins and also try superseding some of the heavy creams with a lighter option such, as half and half. These differences should assist lessen the richness of the dish.

Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese
Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese

Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese

This Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese is reminiscent of an embrace, in a bowl. The creamy cheesy pasta blends with crispy chicken. Proposing a harmony of sweetness and spiciness that stimulates a feeling of home. Each spoonful is a journey, complemented by the crunch of bacon bits and a touch of basil on top. Ideal for family dinners or, as an indulgence when needed.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 16 ounces box spiral noodles
  • 1 25 ounces bag breaded chicken strips
  • 5 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Basil for garnish

Honey Pepper Sauce:

  • 3/4 c honey
  • 1/4 c light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce low sodium
  • 1/4 c pineapple juice
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Cheese Sauce:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 c heavy cream
  • 1/2 c shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 c mozzarella cheese freshly shredded
  • 3/4 c colby jack cheese freshly shredded
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic
  • Chopped fresh basil


  • Prepare the chicken by following the instructions, on the package. You have the option to either bake or fry the chicken strips. Once cooked set them aside.
  • Next, cook the noodles by boiling them according to the instructions on the package until they’re al dente. Then drain them.
  • To make the honey pepper sauce combine honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, lemon juice, vinegar, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil. Let it simmer for 15 minutes until it thickens slightly. Allow it to cool down a bit after simmering.
  • In a pan melt butter. Add heavy cream to create a cheese sauce. Gradually stir in parmesan, mozzarella and colby jack cheese after each addition. Add minced garlic and season with salt and pepper according to your taste.
  • Combine the pasta with the cheese sauce. Mix everything well together. Don’t forget to stir in some bacon for added flavor.
  • Take your chicken strips. Dip them into the honey pepper sauce so that they are thoroughly coated.
  • Now you can serve your dish! Plate up some of that pasta mixture. Top it off with those flavorful honey pepper chicken strips. Finally garnish, with some basil leaves if desired or even add bacon if you’re feeling indulgent.
  • Enjoy your mouthwatering Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese!


If you’re a fan of the flavors and comforting goodness of our Honey Pepper Chicken Mac and Cheese but follow a gluten-free diet don’t worry! Just replace the noodles with your gluten-free pasta. There are plenty of options available that offer a fantastic texture and taste so you won’t miss out on anything.. When it comes to the breaded chicken strips go for a version using gluten-free breadcrumbs or almond flour to achieve that perfect crispy coating. With this adjustment you can savor every flavorful bite of this timeless comfort food without any worries, about gluten.
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