Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Corn Cakes

These Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Corn Cakes are a stack of true Southern favorites.  Corn and green onion flecked corn cakes topped with shredded barbecue chicken.  It’s all finished with a scoop of the cheesiest mac and cheese around.

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Corn Cakes | Melanie Makes

Today I’m pretending to be a Southerner.  Well, in my mind this is what I imagine a Southerner would eat.  Granted, the furthest south I’ve ever lived is Missouri, so I could be wrong, but if this dish is wrong, who would want to be right?

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Corn Cakes | Melanie Makes

Corn cakes?  Check!  Shredded barbecue chicken?  Yep!  Homemade mac and cheese?   You bet!  And then I did something crazy and stacked them all together!

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Corn Cakes | Melanie Makes

The barbecue sauce I mentioned?  Yep, totally inspired the creation of the entire recipe.  Robert Rothschild Farm’s Carolina BBQ Sauce.  A traditional southern style barbecue sauce with a mustard base.

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Corn Cakes | Melanie Makes

Three favorites stacked on one plate.  Corn and green onion flecked corn cakes that thrilled my four year old as I was basically serving her a glorified pancake.  Tangy barbecue chicken that my husband insisted I should’ve made more of and a large scoop of the cheesiest macaroni and cheese imaginable that had the two year old and six year old in awe.  

For those of you keeping track, this dish equated to a thumbs up from every member of our family.  Not an easy task!

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Corn Cakes | Melanie Makes

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Corn Cakes
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 8 stack
Barbecue Chicken
Corn Cakes
  • 3 8.5 ounce boxes Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
Mac and Cheese
  • 13.25 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2-1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
Barbecue Chicken
  1. In a slow cooker, add chicken. Top with barbecue sauce, brown sugar and mustard.
  2. Cook on LOW 4-6 hours.
  3. Shred chicken and remove lid from slow cooker. Cook on high for 1 hour to further reduce sauce.
Corn Cakes
  1. In a large bowl, stir together corn muffin mix, eggs and milk until just combined. Batter will be lumpy. Fold in corn and green onions.
  2. Heat griddle to medium-high heat, approximately 350 degrees, and add ⅓ cup batter for each cake. Cook until browned and flip to cook other side to desired doneness.
Mac and Cheese
  1. In heavily salted water, cook macaroni until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saute pan add half and half and cream cheese. Whisk together as it melts to insure there are no lumps. Stir in sharp cheddar cheese until everything is melted together.
  3. Stir in yogurt until combined.
  4. Drain pasta and stir into cheese mixture.
  5. To serve, place corn cake(s) on plate and top with chicken and scoop of mac and cheese.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 stack

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Corn Cakes | Melanie Makes

Perfect as a cookout friendly 4th of July dish – put all the components out and let friends and family assemble their own! – or as a delicious dinner any night of the week.  No matter how you serve it, expect the accolades to roll in.

And perhaps a few ma’ams as well.  Remember, this is a Southern dish after all.


Looking for more great barbecue recipes?

Barbecue Chicken Pizza Skillet Lasagna | Melanie Makes

Slow Cooker Cola Barbecue Beef | Melanie Makes

Grilled Barbecue Bacon Meatloaf Sandwich | Melanie Makes


Additional barbecue recipes from fellow food bloggers: 

Sweet Maple Barbecue Chicken Kabobs | A Dash of Sanity
Sambal Chicken Sewers | Shutterbean
Maple-Bourbon Apricot Barbecue Sauce | Floating Kitchen



I was compensated by Robert Rothschild Farm to create a recipe featuring their product.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.   Thank you for supporting this sponsor that allows me the opportunity to create content, such as this, for Melanie Makes.


  1. oh my gawd, this is delicious!!! LOVE the mac and cheese on top! Swoon!!

  2. Heaven on a plate!! This looks incredible :)

  3. How creative! Love it!

  4. I love corn cakes, chicken and mac & cheese. this combo together rocks!!

  5. Now this is one delicious sounding meal!! I love that you stacked it all together! :)

    • melanie says:

      Thanks so much, Jocelyn – was worried that people might thing it was a bit crazy. So glad it’s appealing to others besides me!

  6. well, I am a Southerner and this would definitely be a BIG HIT on our table! Great idea!

  7. That is one delicious looking plate!!!!

  8. This could not be any more amazing, it looks like the holy grail of comfort food!

    • melanie says:

      Thanks, Danielle – my 6 year old demolished that huge serving I photographed. I couldn’t believe it!

  9. I cannot wait to make this recipe for my family tonight. I already was planning on grilling chicken breast, but now I will go to the store and get some of the other ingredients. I can’t wait to get off work…. :)

    • Thank you so much for your kind words – you totally made my day! Let me know what you thought of the recipe!

  10. Scrumptious. my mouth is watering.

  11. Wow! To me this takes comfort food to a whole new level!

  12. Any meal that gets a thumbs up from every member of the family is a winner! My husband would have said the same – make more of the meat! :) This looks amazing, and such a fun meal!

  13. This sounds amazing! I would eat a plate right now!

  14. #mindblown … the end <3

  15. A restaurant here actually makes something similar with pulled chicken on a corn cake with guacamole – I like your mac and cheese idea better!

  16. This is truly inspired. I would gobble this up!!

  17. My husband is as southern as they come and he would love this! It looks amazing!

  18. Wow! These are fantastic! Love all the different flavors and food combinations going on here. Pinning!

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