Dinner, Lunch, Side Dishes

Buffalo Chik’n Mac n’ Cheese

Cooking method:

Ninja® Foodi® XL Pressure Cooker Steam Fryer with SmartLid™
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Total time: 37 mins
  • Skill easy
  • Serves 4 people

Buffalo Chik’n Mac n’ Cheese

Soy curls are a terrific plant-based chik’n, but frozen plant-based chik’n strips work great, too!
For the plant-based milk, try soy or oat for an especially creamy texture.



  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 12 ounces dry elbow macaroni
  • 1 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup plant-based milk
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast


  • 4 ounces dry soy curls (or 12 ounces/360g vegan chicken strips)
  • 2 cups warm water

TOPPING (optional)

  • 1/4 cup vegan ranch dressing

Cooking mode

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  • Step 1

    In a small bowl, add all Level 2 ingredients. Set aside to rehydrate, about 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Close lid and move slider to AIR FRY/STOVETOP. Select SEAR/SAUTÉ and set to 4. Open lid and select START/STOP to begin preheating. Allow unit to preheat for 5 minutes.

  • Step 3

    After 5 minutes, add butter to pot. Once it melts, add garlic and celery and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Add the macaroni, vegetable broth, and 1/4 cup Buffalo sauce to the pot and stir to combine.

  • Step 5

    Drain the soy curls and return to the small bowl. Add the garlic powder, remaining butter, and remaining 1/4 cup Buffalo sauce and stir to combine.

  • Step 6

    Place the bottom layer of the Deluxe Reversible Rack in the higher position and cover with aluminum foil, then place the rack in the pot. Place the soy curls on the rack.

  • Step 7

    Close the lid and move slider to STEAMCRISP. Select STEAM & CRISP, set temperature to 450°F and set time to 15 minutes. Press START/STOP to begin cooking (PrE will display for approx. 6 minutes as the unit steams, then the timer will start counting down).

  • Step 8

    After cooking for 7 minutes, open the lid, toss the soy curls with silicone-tipped tongs, close the lid, and continue cooking.

  • Step 9

    When cooking is complete, remove the rack with the soy curls. Add the soy curls to the macaroni, along with the plant-based milk and nutritional yeast. Stir until evenly combined.

  • Step 10

    Close lid and move slider to AIR FRY/STOVETOP. Select SEAR/SAUTÉ and set to 4. Open lid and select START/STOP to begin cooking. Cook for an additional 3 minutes.

  • Step 11

    Serve macaroni with a drizzle of vegan ranch dressing.