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Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe

Sure, 10-cent wing night at your local pub is a blast, but a night at home with a clever casserole can’t be beat. Not fond of blue cheese? Use ranch salad dressing instead. —Lindsay Sprunk, Noblesville, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup blue cheese salad dressing
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 2. Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, saute chicken in 1 tablespoon oil until no longer pink. Remove from skillet. In same skillet, saute carrots, celery and onion in remaining oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from heat.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir in salad dressing, mayonnaise and hot sauce into skillet. Drain pasta. Add pasta and chicken to skillet; toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and bread crumbs. Drizzle with butter.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 719 calories, 45 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 73 mg cholesterol, 586 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 27 g protein.