We present the first demonstration of ultrafast laser-inscribed waveguides in IG2 chalcogenide glass and their coupling to a mid-infrared quantum cascade laser. The fabrication parameter space has been investigated, resulting in optimized single-mode waveguides that have estimated propagation losses of 1 dB/cm at 7.8 μm. Higher order mode propagation was also observed. The refractive index modification caused by ultrafast laser inscription has been empirically quantified by comparison with modeled waveguide parameters, resulting in Δn = 0.0097-0.0143 over the pulse energy range investigated. We will present these findings, alongside our initial investigation into waveguide bend losses, which prepare the building blocks towards mid-infrared evanescent field coupling and integrated sensing applications.