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Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta

Spicy shredded buffalo chicken is mixed with pasta and four cheeses, then baked in this new scrumptious dinner classic, Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta Recipe!

Buffalo Chicken Baked Ziti

You know when you find something so amazing that you have to share it with all of your friends immediately?

Something amazing: Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta

My friends: All of you!

Four Cheese Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta

After eating a delicious Baked Ziti dish on a Progressive Dinner, my friend and fellow Buffalo Chicken addict, PK, suggested that I make a Buffalo Chicken Baked Ziti.

Buffalo Chicken Baked Ziti

I was obviously on board with this idea and a couple weeks later, Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta was created!

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

I re-named it “baked pasta” instead of “baked ziti” because sometimes ziti is not available, like at Trader Joes, where I was purchasing my pasta for this dish.

Buffalo Chicken Baked Rigatoni Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 lb pasta (ziti, rigatoni or penne)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese dressing
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Begin by pressure cooking or boiling the chicken breasts and cooking the pasta.

Next, shred the cooked chicken, then combine the shredded chicken, cooked pasta, mozzarella, buffalo sauce, ricotta cheese and blue cheese dressing.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Mix all of the ingredients together then pour into an oven safe baking dish.

Buffalo Chicken Four Cheese Pasta Bake

Combine the parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.  I also added a little Italian seasoning.  Totally optional, but gives it a little extra flavor!

Parmesan Breadcrumb Crust for Pasta Bake

Sprinkle the mixture on top of the pasta dish.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake with Breadcrumb Parmesan Crust

Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes, then turn the broiler on to high and brown up the crust for 3-5 minutes.

Buffalo Chicken Baked Rigatoni

Garnish with diced green onions if you would like!

Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta Recipe

I’m all about a little extra kick, so I sprinkled some crushed red pepper on top as well!

Four Cheese Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

Crispy crust, cheesy center, buffalo chicken spice, I couldn’t ask for anything more in a dish!

Easy Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta

Oh, and it’s easy to make and takes less than an hour to prepare and bake, yeah I’m totally on board!

Four Cheese Buffalo Chicken Pasta Dish

Buffalo Chicken Baked Rigatoni
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Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta

Spicy shredded buffalo chicken is mixed with pasta and four cheeses, then baked in this new scrumptious dinner classic, Buffalo Chicken Baked Pasta Recipe!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Calories 867 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pasta ziti, rigatoni or penne
  • 1 lb cooked chicken shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese dressing
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.

  3. Combine the shredded chicken, cooked pasta, mozzarella cheese, buffalo sauce, ricotta cheese and blue cheese dressing.

  4. Pour into an oven safe baking dish.

  5. In a small bowl, combine the parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.

  6. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the pasta dish.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.

  8. Turn the oven from bake to broil on high, place the pasta dish under the broiler for 3 minutes to brown the breadcrumbs.

  9. Remove and serve immediately.

Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne

This easy Buffalo Chicken Pasta recipe is made in just 29 minutes on the stovetop by adding shredded chicken to a creamy, cheesy buffalo sauce, made with cream cheese and blue cheese dressing, then tossing with penne pasta!

Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne Pasta

This is the first recipe I’ve posted while simultaneously eating the dish!

Ok, so maybe it’s the leftovers from yesterdays lunch, but it’s just as good the second time around!!

Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne Recipe

For six months now I have been obsessed with all things buffalo chicken thanks to my friend Lindsay who first introduced me to Buffalo Chicken Dip!

I now think of all the ways I can incorporate buffalo chicken into new recipes. From Buffalo Chicken Burgers to Buffalo Chicken Tacos to Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers to this new yummy Buffalo Chicken Pasta recipe, I’ve found some interesting ways to spread out my obsession over several genres of food!

Today I will be sharing with you my newest creation, Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Pasta.

Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne Ingredients

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded chicken breasts* (boil or pressure cook 1 lb of chicken and shred)
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup blue cheese dressing
  • 12 oz uncooked penne pasta
Optional toppings
  • Green Onions (chopped)
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

*You can also make a big batch of this Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken to use in this recipe and others throughout the week!

Scroll down for the recipe instructions and a video on how to make this Buffalo Chicken Pasta.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta with creamy cheesy sauce in baking dish with green onions and red pepper flakes

 

Buffalo Chicken Pasta in bowl with green onions

Oh yeah, that is one pretty bowl of buffalo chicken pasta that this girl can dig!

Looking for more cheesy buffalo sauce recipes? Check out these 5 favorites:

  1. Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Tortellini
  2. Slow Cooker Buffalo Cheesy Sausage Balls
  3. Buffalo Cheesy Meatloaf
  4. Easy Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni
  5. Buffalo Cheddar Cornbread Chili Pie

Buffalo Chicken Pasta in bowl with red pepper flakes and green onions

Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne Recipe
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Buffalo Chicken Pasta

This easy Buffalo Chicken Pasta recipe is made in just 29 minutes on the stovetop by adding shredded chicken to a creamy, cheesy buffalo sauce, made with cream cheese and blue cheese dressing, then tossing with penne pasta!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 19 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 665 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded chicken breasts boil or pressure cook 1 lb of chicken and shred
  • 8 oz cream cheese cubed
  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup blue cheese dressing
  • 12 oz uncooked penne pasta

Optional toppings

  • green onions chopped
  • crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the cream cheese, buffalo sauce and chicken broth.
  3. Whisk until creamy.
  4. Add the paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, salt and stir to combine

  5. Add the blue cheese dressing and stir to combine.

  6. Add the shredded chicken.
  7. Allow the sauce to simmer for 10 minutes over low heat.
  8. While the sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of water to boil on the stove. Add the penne pasta and cook according to package directions.

  9. Drain the pasta then add it to the cheesy buffalo chicken sauce and stir to combine.

  10. Top with diced green onions and crushed red pepper flakes, if you would like.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Vegetarian Option: Omit the chicken.  The spicy, cheesy buffalo sauce is so good on its own, you could definitely do it without chicken! Also, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

Gluten Free Option: Use gluten-free pasta to make this recipe gluten free. Make sure the blue cheese dressing and chicken broth used are gluten-free.