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Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Full of buffalo flavors, this buffalo chicken pasta salad is one of my favorite side dishes at potlucks and tailgate parties, but you could also serve it as a main. It can be eaten warm or cold so it's easy to make ahead of time. Sometimes I even use precooked small shrimp instead of the chicken or leave out the meat if I need a vegetarian dish. —Lisa Huff, Wilton, Connecticut
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 3 medium carrots, shredded
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) crumbled blue cheese

Directions

  • Cook penne according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the chicken, carrots and celery. In a small bowl, whisk the hot sauce, oil, lemon juice, onion and garlic powders and celery salt.
  • Drain pasta and rinse in cold water. Add to chicken mixture. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Stir in blue cheese. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

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