This healthy buffalo cauliflower mac and cheese is made with cauliflower and chicken, and it's a healthy weeknight meal! This spicy cauliflower mac and cheese with chicken can be made in the Instant Pot, slow cooker, or stove top.
Course Main Course
Keyword 21 Day Fix, 2B Mindset, buffalo chicken, Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, healthy, mac and cheese
Turn the Instant Pot to sauté. Add the oil and allow it to heat up. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and sauté until the chicken is browned.
Sprinkle garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, dill, and parsley over the Instant Pot. Mix up the chicken so that the seasoning is evenly distributed.
Add the cauliflower to the Instant Pot and cover with the hot sauce. Close the lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing.
Cook the chicken and cauliflower on high pressure using the manual setting for 1 minute. Let the pressure release naturally.
In a blender mix together the cottage cheese and Greek yogurt to create a creamy sauce. Blend the sauce until smooth. Slowly pour the sauce over the chicken and cauliflower. Add the cheese and brown rice flour. Carefully fold the sauce and cheese in so that the cauliflower holds its shape.
Garnish and serve while still warm or pack up for lunch through the week.
Note: For this recipe to work you must cut the chicken into small bite sized pieces and brown the chicken. If you skip this step the chicken will not have enough time to cook. Plus, it keeps the chicken from cooking in a solid lump.
Heat a skillet on the stove and add the olive oil. When the oil is hot sauté the chicken until it is browned.
Add the seasoning, hot sauce, and cauliflower to the skillet. Mix it up so the cauliflower is covered in hot sauce. Cover the skillet and reduce heat to medium low heat.
Allow the cauliflower to cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the cauliflower is tender.
Turn off the stove and blend together the cottage cheese and Greek yogurt to make a cream sauce. Stir the sauce, cheddar cheese, and brown rice flour into the skillet until the cheese melts. Garnish and serve.
* Do not cube the chicken before cooking in the slow cooker.
Add the whole chicken breast, cauliflower, seasoning, and hot sauce to the slower cooker.
Cover and let cook for 2 1/2 to 4 hours on low heat or until the chicken is done.
Remove the chicken, chop it into cubes, then add it back into the slow cooker.
Blend together the cottage cheese and Greek yogurt to make a cream sauce. Add the cream sauce, cheddar cheese, and brown rice flour to the chicken and cauliflower and mix until the cheese is melted. Garnish and serve.
Serves: 4 Serving Size: 1 3/4 cup (1 cup vegetables and 3/4 cup protein)21 Day Fix: 4 servings, 1 3/4C servings 1.5R 1G 1BWeight Watchers: 6 Blue Points | 8 Green points | 6 Purple Points per Serving when using low fat cottage cheese and low fat greek yogurt.