The summer is here and I’m sure the last thing on your mind is standing in a kitchen slaving over a hot stove. Let’s face it the summer brings with it patio parties, BBQs and various other “fun in the sun” events that are hard to pass up. When choosing a pot luck dish to serve you want to flock to something that’s quick and easy to make… but will also limit the amount of time you have to spend in the kitchen. The more time outdoors, the better… I say!
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad is the “in” dish. It’s relatively easy to make. You can make it as spicy or mild as your taste buds prefer. It’s also the perfect make ahead dish. It’s sure to be a tongue and tummy pleaser that will have all your party-goers flocking for more!

2 boneless chicken breasts (chopped into small cubes or shredded)
1 cup (uncooked) penne or fussili
½ cup (uncooked) elbows (macaroni)
½ cup (uncooked) wagon wheels
1 cup of low-fat ranch salad dressing
¼ cup of Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce (notthe Original Red Hot Sauce)
1 small red onion (diced)
2-3 celery stalks (diced finely)
Crumbled blue cheese (optional)
Seasoning salt (to taste)
Ground black pepper (to taste)

First thing this morning, I threw my 2 frozen chicken breasts into the crock and covered them with a bit of Italian Salad Dressing. Cooked for 6-8 hours on low. Removed from dressing, shredded the chicken and let cool. If you don’t have time to use the crock pot, you can always pick up a rotisserie chicken and pull the chicken or cook up the two chicken breasts in the oven and finely chop them.
Cook the 2 cups of uncooked pasta until al dente. In the mean time while the pasta is cooking, dice up your veggies.
Once the pasta is cooked, drain and rinse with cold water. In a bowl combine the ranch dressing and Franks Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce (do not use the Original Red Hot Sauce). Stir and taste test. Depending on the spice level you like, you may want to had more of the Buffalo Wing Sauce or the dressing.
Mix the pasta, chicken and diced veggies into the dressing. Season with seasoning salt and ground black pepper to taste. Stir well.
Top with crumbled blue cheese (optional).
This meal would be the perfect accompaniment to the Buffalo Chicken Pizza (click link for recipe).
Happy eating!

12 Comments on Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

  1. Multi-Testing Mommy
    July 9, 2012 at 11:19 am (6 years ago)

    Oh yum! I still haven’t made that Buffalo chicken, but so should.
    Is it possible to make this mild by just using a bit of sauce???

    • Nicole
      July 9, 2012 at 11:22 am (6 years ago)

      I don’t see why not. Start by using a cup of ranch dressing and just dash in some buffalo wing sauce. Stir and taste test. If you want it more mild, add a bit more ranch dressing. Vice versa, if you want more kick. 🙂

  2. Tammy @ In R Dream
    July 9, 2012 at 11:34 am (6 years ago)

    anything with bufflo chicken in it has my vote! Thanks for this one! Its a must!

  3. mamawee
    July 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm (6 years ago)

    that looks great….I think I will be making it this week!

  4. Annie Brown
    July 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm (6 years ago)

    This looks like something I could make gluten free and it looks so yummy!

  5. Christine
    July 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh jeeeez! This looks soooooooo good! Already bookmarked it so I can make it this week! LOL! Thanks for sharing the recipe! 🙂

  6. Aeryn Lynne
    July 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm (6 years ago)

    Yum! I’ve been on an “alternative” salad kick for some reason recently (ie, none that include lettuce, LOL), am definitely adding this to my menu for next week. Thanks!! 🙂

  7. Ashley
    July 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm (6 years ago)

    My husband would/will LOVE this. Thanks for sharing!

  8. The Zoo
    July 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm (6 years ago)

    My husband loves pasta salad and I like healthy. I’ll have to tyr this one out. wish that I was more handy and creative in the kitchen…

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo

  9. Ninja Mommers
    July 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm (6 years ago)

    Ok. I am so sorry! But I Have to make EVERYTHING Buffalo Chicken you have published! I am now so hungry I could eat my arm… Thanks a lot! LOL.

  10. Canadian Dad
    July 10, 2012 at 12:10 am (6 years ago)

    My husband would love this too!!! Oh wait…I am the husband! I would love this!

  11. Paula Schuck
    July 10, 2012 at 4:12 am (6 years ago)

    Oh yummers!! I am coming back to try this. I like red hot chicken and spicy food even though I shouldn’t have it.


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