Chick fil A Mac and Cheese

Yes, Chick fil A Mac and Cheese is now being served as a side item. Want some creamy macaroni and cheese at home? Try this copycat recipe for this new side item at Chick fil A.

baked macaroni and cheese that tastes like chick fil a

You might wonder to yourself, can a fast-food restaurant make a tasty macaroni and cheese? I am here to tell you, yes they can.

So often when you enjoy macaroni and cheese out, it is dry, pasty, and flavorless. Chick fil A seemed to instinctively know that, and their macaroni and cheese is creamy, and it even has a browned cheese topping! It is my personal opinion their mac and cheese is better than many more expensive restaurants.

ingredients for mac and cheese american cheese, colby jack cheese, and more

Ingredients you will need to make creamy mac and cheese

This recipe is very straight forward. In my opinion, this recipe is very close to the Outback Steakhouse Mac A Roo. My copycat recipe is made with a combination of cheeses. For you to make this recipe you will need:

  • American cheese – not Velveeta (that’s for Rotel dip)
  • Colby-Jack cheese
  • Heavy Cream
  • macaroni pasta

Why should you use American cheese in macaroni and cheese

American cheese has a bad reputation, and it shouldn’t. A good quality American cheese has good flavor, and one of the best melting profiles of any cheese. This sauce is made with heavy cream and American cheese. This blog post is copyrighted by You can find American cheese in the Deli section of your grocery store, go ask them to cut you off a large chunk of it, or you can ask them to slice it. Chunk or sliced it doesn’t matter, you are going to melting it!

American cheese melts beautifully, it doesn’t get stringy, and oils do not separate out of the cheese. American cheese is a good base for mac and cheese, you can always add additional cheese for more flavor. In this has additional favors of Parmesan and Romano cheeses are added to really bring out the flavor. Both

The CopyKat Analysis of this recipe

I don’t believe this is made with a dry mix or powder, because the flavor is too good. I believe their special cheddar blend comes in the form of American cheese because of the mouthfeel, but the flavor is not straight-up American cheese, it is more sophisticated. Romano and Parmesan can cut through American cheese to give you a better flavor, and a more interesting texture. I topped my version with Colby Jack cheese. The Monterey Jack melts wonderfully, and it browns up a bit.

I don’t believe this recipe is made from a rue, as it is very creamy. It’s creamy like when you melt together American cheese and heavy cream. Again, the pasta is in the sauce that is very much like the Children’s version of the Outback Steakhouse Mac A Roo. What’s the difference? This tastes better.

Can’t get to a Chick-fil-A? Make it at home!

Why is it we all crave those chicken sandwiches and waffle fries on a Sunday? I have no idea. Now they had to add one of everyone’s favorite comfort foods to their menu. Now ordering is going to be more difficult, because Chick-fil-A mac and cheese is tasty. So if the lines are too long, or you just gotta try it, you can make my copycat recipe for their cheesy pasta!

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baked macaroni and cheese that tastes like chick fil a

Chick fil A Mac & Cheese

Make creamy mac & cheese just like Chick-fil-A does at home!
4.65 from 17 votes
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Course: pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Boston Market Macaroni and Cheese, Chick Fil A Recipes, mac & cheese
Servings: 12
Calories: 494kcal


  • 16 ounces macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/4 pounds American cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Romano cheese
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 ounces Colby Jack Cheese shredded

Equipment Needed

  • 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  • cheese grater
  • large pot


  • Fill a large pot 2/3 full of water. Add 1 tablespoon of salt. When the water comes to a boil add the pasta. Cook to al dente. Drain pasta.
  • In a medium-sized pot add heavy cream, American cheese, Parmesan cheese, and Romano cheese. Melt cheeses with heavy cream over medium heat. Stir frequently. Do not allow the cheese to scorch.
  • Turn the oven on to broil, on high.
  • Place cooked pasta into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Pour melted cheeses over the pasta.
  • Add shredded Colby Jack cheese to the top of the pasta. Place under broiler.
  • Broil just until the cheese begins to brown.


Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 1464mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1130IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 607mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Sue Pearl

    5 stars
    my teenaged son found this and loves to make it. I’ve never actually had Chik Fil A’s mac n cheese, so I can’t speak to just how it compares to the actual thing, but it’s to die for.

  2. April

    Can I make this in advance and keep it in the fridge overnight? I’d like to make everything, refrigerate, add the topping in the morning and then broil, but not sure that it would work?

  3. Stephen Stupak

    5 stars
    Just wondering if anyone uses a bit of vinegar in their recipe like I do. It ads a bit of sharp flavor you can’t get from just cheese. I do like the broiled shredded Colby-Jack on top to get a bit of crunch on top! 👍🏼👍🏼

  4. Cathy

    5 stars
    This was delicious but just seemed to lack a sharpness that Chick fil A has. I always think theirs taste like Cheez its, lol. But this is a very delicious recipe..will be saving this one! Thanks!

  5. Angela

    4 stars
    Definitely yummy and cheesy! I feel like I’m missing some sharpness or something though, so I wouldn’t think it’s a copy of CFA. But that didn’t stop us from enjoying this recipe! Thanks for posting it!

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