Whole-Roasted BBQ Chicken with Mac n Cheese Bake

  • Prep 20 mins
  • Preheat 3 mins
  • Top Oven 45 mins
  • Bottom Oven 60 mins
  • Total 1h 23 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

TIP: For a crispier mac n cheese, remove foil when 5 minutes of cook time is left, then switch to the BROIL function.

TIP: Swap classic pasta with gluten-free.

TIP: Swap any dairy ingredients with dairy-free/vegan options.


  • Contains Milk/Dairy
  • Contains Wheat

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Milk/Dairy, Wheat

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Top Oven (Mac n Cheese)

  • 1/2 box (8 ounces) macaroni pasta
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 brick (4 ounces) cream cheese, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Colby jack cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup seasoned panko bread crumbs

Bottom Oven (Chicken)

  • 1 fresh, uncooked whole chicken (4–4 1/2 pounds), patted dry, trussed (or legs tied together)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Kosher salt, as desired
  • Ground black pepper, as desired
  • 1 cup prepared barbecue sauce


  • 8 x 8 Baking Dish
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Step 1

    To prepare the macaroni, add pasta, milk, salt, butter, cream cheese, heavy cream, and 2 cups cheese in a Foodi 2″ Casserole Dish and mix to combine. Evenly top with remaining cheddar cheese and bread crumbs, then cover tightly with aluminum foil.

  • Step 2

    Place trussed chicken on top of sheet pan. Lightly spray chicken with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper as desired.

  • Step 3

    Press TOP and turn dial until BAKE is illuminated. Press TEMP/SHADE and set to 400°F, then press TIME/SLICES and set to 45 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Press BOTTOM and turn dial until WHOLE ROAST is illuminated. Press TEMP and set to 375°F, then press TIME and set to 1 hour. Press SMART FINISH, then press START/STOP to begin preheating.

  • Step 5

    When preheating is complete, place mac n cheese dish on the top oven rack. Next, insert wire rack in LEVEL 1 position of bottom oven, then place sheet pan with whole chicken on the rack. Close door to begin cooking (top oven will read HOLD until 45 minutes remain on each cook timer).

  • Step 6

    When cooking is complete, remove chicken and ensure internal temperature reads 165°F on an instant-read food thermometer. Cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.. Brush chicken with barbecue sauce and serve hot with mac n cheese.