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!
4.54 from 13 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

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. 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!

  2. Keith

    5 stars
    Finally tried Chic Fil A Mac N Cheese and it was delicious. So I tried this recipe to see how it would compare and my family actually said this recipe was better tasting than the actual Chic Fil A Mac n Cheese…
    Thank you!!!

  3. Lori Putnam

    5 stars
    If I could give this more than 5 stars, I would. I’d NEVER made homemade mac/ch before until this recipe. It was “Holy crap!” good! Made in August of 2019, and then again last night (4-8-20). Luckily it froze decently, as it was SO rich, and made a big batch. Mind you, I have no idea if I followed the recipe exactly the first time – I doubt it, as I wouldn’t have had Romano cheese on hand, but I would have purchased the American and we always have Parm here. THIS time, I used 1.25 lbs Velveeta as we are under quarantine, AND we are using up what we have due to moving and so all food must be eaten. And then used some Parm/Reg I had in the freezer to replace the parm and romano. I did use the colby jack shreds, and oh my goodness, it was just marvelous. AND easy. Can’t ask for more than that! Thanks for creating/posting! 🙂

  4. Ashlyn Perrodin

    4 stars
    Amazing! I whipped this up & it was spot on! I did use Sharp Chedder cheese & boiled the noodles for 10 minutes though 🙂

  5. Cathryn

    The recipe I would love to find a copycat for, is WoodRanch restaurant. It is OMGFABULOUS! Haven’t had the one at Chick’s, but am anxious to try your recipe for it. (Pretty sure WoodRanch has american as it’s main cheese type ingredient too)

  6. Sandy B

    4 stars
    While yours is a VERY tasty recipe for classic Mac & Cheese, I’m here to say that is not the recipe used by Chik fil A. Their wonderful version is not made with Colby Jack. And yes, the base is made with milk and American cheese. But you can, in fact, use Velveeta. But you shouldn’t use any type of Kraft American cheese. The American cheese you use needs to have sodium citrate listed in the ingredients. Velveeta has it. Kraft does not. I use Boar’s Head American. It has what you need. Chik fil A also uses sharp yellow cheddar, Vermont white cheddar, parmesan, Romano and a type of cheese that is very close to Belavitano Gold, which is harder to find, but is usually in the specialty case of most grocery stores. But I think one of the biggest and most important steps that they use is cooking the elbow macaroni for a full 20 minutes. You DON’T want al dente. You want the elbows to absorb as much water as possible and get big and soft. (Not mushy, just cooked through for 20 minutes.)
    So that’s their secret But I gotta tell you, YOUR recipe is wonderful. Absolutely delicious! Thank you for providing it.

    • Stephanie

      Thank you for your reply. I’ll have to try it with the modification in the pasta. I still find white bites of cheese with a stretchy melt on the top of the mac and cheese that I purchase. Are you opposed to cheese with sodium phosphates over cheese with sodium citrate? I personally love Land O Lakes Deli American Cheese because of the flavor and how it melts.

  7. Margie

    5 stars
    My daughter says it taste the exact same as chick fil a. I used white American cheese, which I got in the Deli section of grocery store. I torn it to smaller pieces to melt down in the heavy cream. The about of heavy cream and cheeses makes plenty of sauce so it is not dry but creamy.

    • margie

      Wanted to add I used the Land Of Lakes American cheese. And local store brand Colby jack cheese- from the deli section of store.

  8. Andy

    3 stars
    Not quite there. It was bland. I would suggest adding some cream of chicken to it or more spices. Tasted nothing like Chikfila. Also the American cheese was not the right cheese to use in this.

    • Stephanie

      Thanks for letting me know your thoughts. American cheeses aren’t all equal. My favorite is Land o Lakes. I am sorry this recipe wasn’t disappointing for you.

  9. Jessica Wooten

    I went looking for a copycat recipe for this and found this one first. I haven’t made either yet but maybe this would help you if you want to tweak yours ☺️

  10. Penny Hart

    5 stars
    My family has been obsessed with the Mac and cheese from Chick-fil-A since the day it came out and we’re about to go to the poorhouse buying it every other day. This recipe is as close as you can get to the real thing!!!!!!! Everyone LOVED it and even asked me to make it for thanksgiving this year! On top of all that this as EASY and FAST to make as a box of Mac and cheese. Thank you SO much for the recipe!

  11. Amanda

    5 stars
    I just made this. Without realizing it, I purchased cavatapi noodles. It still tasted amazing. So creamy and pretty much spot on with the real thing. I’ll be making this many more times! My family also loved it. Next time I make it, I think I’ll try adding some bacon, just to see how it tastes. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Stephanie

      I don’t think it matters what shape of pasta you use 😉 I often keep a container of odd shape leftover pasta. I just grab that for mac and cheese. I bet this would be great with bacon.

  12. Kelly

    Making this for a party, do you think you can make this ahead of time and then take it out of fridge, let it come to room temp and then broil it?

  13. Copycatmac

    5 stars
    Loved it but I think it should have a touch of some sort of sharp cheese in it? I’m a beginner though! Thanks for the recipe

  14. Lori Putnam

    Thanks for posting that review! I’m about to make tomorrow, and am debating needed cheese substitutions. I PROMISE not to gripe if I end up changing the recipe and it doesn’t turn out well. :O

  15. Jacinthe

    5 stars
    I had the original chick fil a one yesterday and made copycat recipe today and they are pretty similar, good job! This recipe is very very close to the original and taste great it’s a keeper!

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