Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe – Simple Dinners with Budget Recipes

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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.

VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner Recipe

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!


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

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe Ingredients


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.

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe KRAFT

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe Assembly

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!

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Whole

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

About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 9-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1. OMG, I definitely should not be reading this while I am starving. I want to jump through the laptop and eat that so bad right now.

  2. Having tried this as an appetizer in a restaurant once, I know it would totally work. This sounds soooooo good, Chrysa!

  3. You had me at mac and cheese!This looks so decadently delicious! Thanks!

  4. This looks like something my kids would love. They will eat anything with macaroni and cheese!

  5. This looks SO beyond amazing. If I weren’t in the process of cooking dinner right now, I might have to make some myself. Yum! What a great use of inexpensive ingredients to make an awesome meal! #client

  6. I’m so glad my kids aren’t reading this over my shoulder. They’d be asking me to make this NOW!!!

  7. Whoa! This I must try! This looks so good!

  8. That is an interesting combination. I can’t say I would have thought to use mac n cheese on pizza…fun.

  9. This looks so fun and interesting. May have to try this with my kids.

  10. My husband would probably love this. Thanks for the creative spin on Mac and Cheese.

  11. We love making our own pizzas but I’ll load mine with veggies. Mac and cheese is an interesting addition.

  12. Oh my gosh, this looks amazing! I never would have thought to put mac and cheese on a pizza!

  13. I’ve seen a lot of variations with mac and cheese these days. Deep fried balls, hamburger, cheeseburger, and pizza. I love my mac and cheese but stuff like this …it’s just going to give me intestinal distress.

  14. I love all three different things, not sure about all together. But maybe I’ll try it this upcoming weekend to see what the kids think. We just had shredded BBQ chicken sandwiches last night and mac n cheese with hot dogs the night before so they might want to wait a week.

  15. My son’s favorite food is mac n cheese (although his absolute fave is from a particular restaurant) and he loves pizza, so this should be right up his alley. And I must say, I am curious. 🙂

  16. This is totally my kids! They love mac n cheese and pizza. Why not put them together, delicious!

  17. What a fun way to make a meal with mac and cheese. My children would love this.

  18. Wow that sounds really interesting!! Something my hubby would LOVE!

  19. This looks like a fabulous recipe. I cant wait to surprise the kids with this. I think it will be a winner in our house.

  20. I never would have thought to combine all these ingredients together to make a pizza! I love those Velveeta shells too.

  21. My kids would love that. And I think since my husband loves BBQ so much he would love the recipe as well.

  22. Mac and cheese on a pizza. What a cool idea. I would try that.

  23. Mac & Cheese pizza? Now that is different. I bet my daughter and husband would like this one.

  24. 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!!!

  25. 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!

  26. My kids would TOTALLY love this! Hands down! YUM! #client

  27. 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 🙂

  28. 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!


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