This Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe is simple to make starting with a boxed macaroni and cheese dinner!
I like budget recipes any day, but for many people those budget friendly meals become especially important around the 1st and the 15th of the month when times can be tight.
The key to planning low budget meals is to combine foods you have on hand with foods you can find at a great sale price (and/or with a coupon) and use your imagination to create something with those ingredients.
I headed to Walmart where they have lots of KRAFT products on rollback right now, including KRAFT Barbecue Sauce, KRAFT Mayo, KRAFT Ranch Dressing, KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing, VELVEETA Cheesy Skillets Dinner Kit, VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner, and VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner Cups.
I put my thinking cap on and came up with this Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe starting with the always yummy VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner. This fun meal can serve a family of 4-5 for under $20 – actually for under $15!
The price would have actually been cheaper if I had used leftover cooked chicken and made my own pizza crust, which I will do next time with this easy homemade pizza dough recipe. With those changes, the total price would drop to under $10!
For the chicken in this recipe you can use a rotisserie chicken that you have shredded, but I prefer to use pre-cooked shredded chicken that I make in the crockpot and store in the freezer. It’s very convenient for all kinds of chicken recipes – including this one!
Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe
1 pre-made pizza crust (or make your own)
2 tsp olive oil
VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner
7-8 oz cooked chicken (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup KRAFT Barbecue Sauce
3/4 cup VELVEETA Shreds, Cheddar
1 green onion (green part only), thinly sliced
HOW TO MAKE MAC & CHEESE BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Prepare VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner according to package directions.
Dice the chicken and mix with KRAFT Barbecue Sauce.
Lightly brush pizza crust with olive oil.
Spread mac and cheese over crust.
Top with chicken, shredded cheese and green onion.
Bake 7-10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and starts to brown.
My husband went nuts for this pizza! It is on the list of his favorites now and I’ll definitely have to make it again soon. I like that it is so filling and the combination of flavors leaves you feeling satisfied – – all at a budget price!
So, the next time you’re facing a tight time of the month, or you just don’t want to spend more than you have to on dinner, raid your pantry and your freezer, check for good deals on additional ingredients and then put on your thinking cap!
What are some of your favorite budget meals?
Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza
- 1 pre-made pizza crust or make your own
- 2 tsp olive oil
- VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner
- 7-8 oz cooked chicken about 1 1/2 cups
- 1/2 cup KRAFT Barbecue Sauce
- 3/4 cup VELVEETA Shreds Cheddar
- 1 green onion green part only, thinly sliced
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Prepare VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner according to package directions.
- Dice the chicken and mix with KRAFT Barbecue Sauce.
- Lightly brush pizza crust with olive oil.
- Spread mac and cheese over crust.
- Top with chicken, shredded cheese and green onion.
- Bake 7-10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and starts to brown.
My kids would love that. And I think since my husband loves BBQ so much he would love the recipe as well.
Mac and cheese on a pizza. What a cool idea. I would try that.
Melissa @ This Girl's Life Blog says
Mac & Cheese pizza? Now that is different. I bet my daughter and husband would like this one.
On our next movie night we are so making this!!! We use to go to Cici’s pizza a lot and the kids favorite was always the Mac & chz. pizza, I would have never thought to make it myself!!!
I love the idea of these two things separately, but not sure how I feel about BBQ on my mac n cheese. Mac n Cheese pizza is my favorite!
Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks) says
My kids would TOTALLY love this! Hands down! YUM! #client
ellen beck says
I would probably try this although it would have beef instead of chicken, My husband wouldnt eat it. It looks good, but not so sure on this one 🙂
That is a cute idea, drummed up by the kid in you! I’m thinking any kid would love this, and I would, too. I love mac ‘n cheese and pizza, having them together is wonderful, and adding the other ingredients makes it perfect, even for days other than the 1st or the 15th!