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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: 719 calories, 45g fat (12g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 586mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein.

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amyvien User ID: 1009388 217788
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"This recipe is perfect as it is. If it's dry then you did something wrong. I've probably made this recipe 5-10 times. To lessen the mess, I use a heavy duty pot to boil the noodles, then saut? the meat and then the veggies in that same pot. Then I bake it in that pot. (It's a calphalon pot.) this recipe ROCKS."

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doreensanzone User ID: 1270959 215314
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"This was just okay. Nice and spicy, but just a bit dry. Neither my husband nor my college son had much enthusiasm for it either. I wouldn't make it again."

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mhbrtzk User ID: 830621 215235
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"I wouldn't even try this one. It has way too much fat in it. A heart attack waiting to happen."

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4Huskers User ID: 5191012 191323
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014

"This was excellent! I'm a big fan of anything hot or spicy but the rest of the family prefers mild so I used only 1/3 cup of Louisiana hot sauce. I also used Ranch dressing instead of bleu cheese as that is all I had. Had to use fiesta blend cheese since I didn't have any swiss. It went over very well with the family. I know I'll be making this again and again and again :-)"

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Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 192442
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"Delicious! I used ranch instead of blue cheese as that's what I had on hand. Would be fantastic with blue cheese as well in my opinion. I made it with chicken leftovers."

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cliftonhanger User ID: 742252 116637
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"For the hot sauce, I used Tabasco. I substituted Monterey Jack and spaghetti. I would delete the bread crumbs."

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CVRussell User ID: 2697844 195177
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

"I used Frank's Red Hot, Ranch & shredded cheddar (couldn't find shredded swiss) It was fantastic!"

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LaurenHanako User ID: 7104961 191321
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2013

"I used different amounts of some of the ingredients than in the recipe, but the flavors are AMAZING! My honey and I both had seconds :)"

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kristijacobs88 User ID: 6774196 193869
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"I don't know if it was the brands I used or what but it was extremely greasy and just didn't taste very good. Just not for us."

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haccardo User ID: 3199237 212411
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"Definitely a meal for when you are not counting calories. But it is really worth them! The store I went to didn't have blue cheese dressing, so I mixed a little crumbled blue cheese into ranch dressing and I used Frank's Red Hot. It was delicious. A little too spicy for the kids, though. Might tone down the hot sauce for them next time!"

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huntnmama User ID: 1067464 132315
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

"Awesome casserole!!!!!"

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suefetz User ID: 197806 116140
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"If you like buffalo chicken wing dip, then this is for you! I cut down on the mayo and blue cheese (used 1/2 cup) and used less of the hot sauce. I also used a regular onion since I didnt have a red onion. This was very good on a cold night!"

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mom2teens User ID: 1265342 116635
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"This looks good, but WAAAAYYYY to high in calories and fat! I would like to see it given the recipe makeover treatment...then I may actually try it!"

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cg82626jg User ID: 4014002 184189
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2012

"I added only 1/4 C. of LA hot sauce and used light ranch dressing and panko bread crumbs -- delicious! Love that it has fresh, healthy veggies, too! Will definitely make this again."

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it.programmer.gurl User ID: 6512467 110648
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"My husband and I loved this recipe. I used Frank's Red Hot because that's what I had in the pantry. If you don't like it really spicy then I would use 1/4 cup of hot sauce instead of 1/2 cup. Instead of blue cheese dressing I used homemade ranch dressing because my husband doesn't like blue cheese. It was an awesome recipe and I would make it again very soon!"

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