Easy Buffalo Chicken Pasta Recipe

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Buffalo Chicken Pasta Casserole is an easy chicken dinner packed with cream cheese, buffalo sauce and cheese. Just like buffalo chicken dip, once you start eating, it’s hard to stop!

When you love buffalo chicken dip, the next step is to turn it into a pasta dinner! Move over baked ziti, there’s a new casserole in town.

Pasta with chicken and buffalo sauce in a skillet.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

When you’re looking for a simple family dinner, pasta is usually a crowd pleaser. But if you’re tired of the same old spaghetti sauce based dishes, try something new!

Children in the midwest learn to throw together a chicken pasta casserole at an early age. My chicken tetrazzini recipe is a winner of a meal.

Adding buffalo chicken flavor makes this incredible!

  • You can assemble it ahead of time.
  • Add more or less spice depending on your palate
  • This dish is both cheesy and flavorful, guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!

Serve up tonight’s dinner with our homemade ranch dressing or make an easy Olive Garden salad.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make buffalo chicken pasta bake.
  • Pasta – I love using penne pasta here, but bowtie or another shape would work well, too.
  • Cream Cheese – I recommend a full-fat cream cheese for the best, richest flavor in this recipe. Also, the bricks of cream cheese melt in better for the sauce than a tub.
  • Buffalo Sauce – We use and love Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce.
  • Chicken – Your chicken needs to be already COOKED for this recipe, so please plan accordingly. You can make our shredded chicken in the instant pot or boil some chicken ahead of time. Or use a rotisserie chicken from the store or this leftover roasted chicken.
  • Dressing – You can top your pasta casserole with Ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing. It’s not required, but it adds an extra boost.

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Cook Pasta.

Step by step photos showing how to make buffalo sauce for pasta.

Make Sauce. While pasta is cooking, heat cream cheese, buffalo sauce and chicken broth in a large skillet. Simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly until cream cheese is melted. Add in garlic powder and salt, whisking until smooth.

Step by step photos showing how to assemble buffalo chicken pasta.

Add Chicken. Add 1 pound of COOKED, shredded chicken to the buffalo sauce and stir until well coated.

Combine and add Cheese. Add pasta, shredded mozzarella cheese, and shredded cheddar cheese. If needed, heat for a few minutes until the cheese melts and becomes bubbly.

Buffalo chicken pasta served in a bowl drizzled with blue cheese dressing.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use your favorite pasta shape for this casserole, but choose one that has some ridges to help the sauce cling to the pasta. Penne and bowtie are my favorites for this dish. Medium shells or rigatoni would work well too.
  • Add extra cheese when serving, if desired. Mix mozzarella and cheddar into the casserole, then add more on top for extra cheesiness.
  • Serving suggestions: My family loves having a salad or side dish along with the pasta. A simple mandarin salad is also a delicious green side! This applesauce recipe is a great palate cooler if the pasta is too spicy for you. And a slice of this Beer Bread goes with any dinner.
  • Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for 4 days.
  • Freeze assembled pasta dish by covering with foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator then bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

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Buffalo Chicken Pasta Recipe

4.70 from 100 votes
By: Aimee
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Casserole is an easy chicken dinner packed with cream cheese, buffalo sauce, and cheese. Just like buffalo chicken dip, once you start eating it’s hard to stop!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound Penne Pasta
  • 1 package Cream Cheese 8 ounce
  • ½ cup Buffalo Sauce Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 teaspoon galric powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound Chicken breast or thigh, cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing optional
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Instructions 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, make sauce.
  • For the sauce, in a large skillet, add cream cheese, buffalo sauce and chicken broth. Simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly until cream cheese is melted and smooth.
  • Add in garlic powder and salt and whisk until smooth.
  • Add cooked chicken and stir until blended.
  • Fold in cooked pasta and shredded cheeses. Remove from heat and serve warm.
  • Top with a drizzle of ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing, if desired.

Notes

  • Once you’ve assembled the buffalo chicken pasta in a freezer safe casserole dish, cover with foil and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in refrigerator overnight, then bake 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

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Nutrition

Calories: 341kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 80mg, Sodium: 974mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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Posted on May 15, 2024

Comments & Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    Made this as a special for our high school baseball concession stand. (4) 9×13 pans. GONE! Out of the park HOMERUN! Inexpensive to make. Fans were emptying their pockets to get another serving!

  2. 5 stars
    Ohhh, just made The buffalo chicken pasta and it is divine, everything you could ask for.
    Thank you so very much.

  3. Hello, haven’t tried this yet but plan to tomorrow. Probably a dumb question, but how much is a serving size? A cup? Half a cup? I never know.

  4. Loved this dish. Only hubby didn’t like it, but he’s a very picky cry baby. My boys and I devoured it. I made Buffalo chicken in the instant pot yesterday, then used the leftover chicken in this dish today and just cut back a bit on the Buffalo sauce and chicken broth. Came out amazing!

  5. Turned out AMAZING…
    We just used some leftover rotisserie chicken- had everything else on hand, added a half a tablespoon of butter and omitted the salt.
    Scallions are a MUST.
    Bookmarked!

  6. My husband and I adored this dish! Added crumbled blue cheese and green onions on top. Only bad part there was no leftovers. Great recipe!

  7. AMAZING dish, and I may just be from Louisiana so I love the kick, but i added just a little bit extra buffalo sauce. So good.

  8. I added spinach and broccoli to the dish to give some nutritional value 😉 but the whole family love it. My son called it buffalo wings in a bowl!
    Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Not sure if I did something wrong but my mouth is on fire! 😂 but it’s still good. Just much much much spicier than I thought it would be

  10. I’m making the buffalo chicken pasta tonight and I did everything you said do but I added crushed ritz crackers on top to give it a little crunch. I will take the foil off the last five minutes to brown the crackers and then I’m going to drizzle more of the hot sauce on top along with ranch dressing. Then I’m going to garnish it with blue cheese crumbles and green onions. We will see 🤷🏻‍♂️

  11. Thank you so much for giving me a dinner that my whole family loved! It has such a burst of flavor and perfect for changing up our normal pasta routine. 

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