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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


  • 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


  • 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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cynrjo User ID: 7367421 263810
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2017

"The flavor was great, mild enough for my youngest to enjoy. The problem though comes with all the greasy feel to the dish."

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."

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."

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."

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 :-)"

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."

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."

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!"

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 :)"

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."

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!"

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

"Awesome casserole!!!!!"

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!"

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!"

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."

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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