KFC Mac and Cheese Recipe


Who doesn’t love a popular creamy cheddar side dish of KFC Mac and Cheese? We know how great it blends with a crispy fried chicken, but it’s just as delicious on its own. It’s the ultimate comfort food.

Not long ago, this popular side dish was tuned into a KFC Famous Bowl. Even though it was only shortly offered, now you have the chance to recreate it at home.

Here’s how to make KFC Mac and Cheese in your kitchen and satisfy your cravings.

kfc mac and cheese recipe

How To Make KFC Mac and Cheese

It’s really surprising that something so delicious and cheesy like Mac and Cheese could come from a fast food restaurant, but there it is. Even though there are many other KFC side dishes like mashed potatoes, this one is really one-of-a-kind. It makes the whole meal more delicious, cheesy, and satisfying.

The slightly tangy, creamy, cheddar sauce is the key element to this Mac and Cheese recipe. It’s absolutely delicious and gets soaked up into the tender macaroni. When biting into the elbow pasta, you taste flavors of hidden creamy cheddar that make you want some more.

This thick and rich creamy sauce is unlike anything else you’ve tried and you don’t want to waste even a single drop. So, go ahead and scrap the container, we all do it.

The irresistible sauce of Mac and Cheese is the reason why KFC decided to top it with crispy popcorn chicken and a sprinkling of more cheese.

Since we don’t know if these limited-time bowls will ever be back, we’ve found out how to make them at home. In fact, we will give you instructions on how to make both the standard and the spicy version of the bowl.

This recipe is really easy to make and it doesn’t take a lot of time. It’s important to have all ingredients prepared before turning on the stovetop. For the cooking of the macaroni and the cheese, you’ll need two separate pans.

Don’t forget to add a pinch of salt in the boiling water to make your macaroni taste even better. When it comes to the cheesy sauce, it’s important to whisk until you make it completely smooth and creamy.

Give this KFC Mac and Cheese recipe a try and watch your family enjoy it. You can make it for breakfast or an afternoon snack and eat it warm or cold. Once you try it, you’ll want to keep some of the ingredients ready in the kitchen so you can make it whenever you want.

KFC Mac and Cheese

4 from 110 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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We’ve got everything you need to make your own KFC Mac and Cheese and enjoy it whenever craving hits.


  • 2 ½ cups whole milk

  • 1 large 1 large elbow pasta

  • 1 tsp. 1 mustard powder

  • 2 tbsp. 2 nonfat dry milk powder

  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt

  • 1 tsp. 1 cornstarch

  • 8 ounces 8 cheddar cheese, cubed

  • 24 ounces 24 Velveeta cheese


  • Bring water to a boil and add a pinch of salt before adding the macaroni. Let them cook for 18 minutes to keep the sauce creamier, stirring occasionally.
  • In the meantime, in a separate pan, pour the milk and add the mustard powder, milk powder, salt, and cornstarch. Mix and cook with occasional stirring until the cheesy sauce is warm. Put it aside.
  • Drain the cooked macaroni, and in the same pot add the warm creamy sauce. Mix well.
  • Add the cheddar cheese and Velveeta cheese and mix gently until everything is nice, smooth, and creamy.
  • Serve hot.

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Nutrition Facts

Here are the nutrition facts of this KFC Mac and Cheese recipe per serving:

  • 319 calories
  • 38 g carbs
  • 20 g protein
  • 10 g fat
  • 6 g saturated fat
  • 35 mg cholesterol
  • 1034 mg sodium
  • 383 mg potassium
  • 1 g fiber
  • 9 g sugar
  • 772 g vitamin A
  • 473 g calcium
  • 1 g iron

How to Serve, Store, and Freeze KFC Mac and Cheese

KFC Mac and Cheese is best enjoyed when eaten immediately, while still hot. Even though you can eat it cold after two hours, it’s best when eaten right away.

If there are any leftovers, you can store them up to four days. However, you may want to reheat it with some milk before eating. Add one tablespoon at a time to make it creamy once again.

When it comes to freezing your Mac and Cheese, we don’t recommend it. The macaroni will become gummy and the sauce will separate when defrosted.

KFC Mac and Cheese Famous Bowls

Here’s how to make these delightful, easy cheese bowls:

Popcorn Chicken – KFC uses chicken bites with thick, crunchy breading for their Famous Bowls. You can use the Tyson frozen brand to make this bowl as close to theirs as possible.

3-Cheese Blend – a combination of equal parts of Monterey Jack Cheese, Mild Cheddar Cheese, and Low Moisture Mozzarella.

Spicy Mac – KFC uses a Nashville Hot Sauce for their Spicy Famous Bowl. To make the sauce, whisk ½ cup vegetable oil, ½ teaspoon garlic salt, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar, and 3 tablespoons cayenne pepper. Pour the sauce over your Mac and Cheese bowl.


If you’re a fan of KFC Mac and Cheese, this is the best copycat recipe you can find. You can now make this popular comfort food in your own home and enjoy it with your entire family for breakfast or dinner.

The recipe is quick and easy to prepare and requires several simple ingredients. The secret to the perfect Mac and Cheese is the thick, rich, creamy, cheesy sauce, so make sure you follow the instructions when making it.

You can enjoy this KFC side dish on its own, or combine it with some chicken and other ingredients to recreate some of the KFC Famous Bowls.

If you make a larger batch of Mac and Cheese, you can reheat it later by adding some milk gradually. Just don’t freeze it as that will ruin its consistency. 

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