This easy Buffalo Chicken Pasta recipe is made in just 29 minutes on the stovetop by adding shredded chicken and penne pasta to the most amazing creamy, cheesy sauce, filled with two cheeses, buffalo sauce and spices!

Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne Recipe

For almost a decade, this has been the most popular recipe on the blog! It has been viewed over a million times and has received dozens of 5 star reviews! Needless to say, people go crazy for this buffalo chicken pasta!

For years now I have been obsessed with all things buffalo chicken! Thanks to my friend Lindsay who first introduced me to Buffalo Chicken Dip back in 2010.

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

Now for one of my favorite combinations, buffalo chicken, cheese and pasta!

Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne Ingredients


  • Shredded Chicken Breasts – boil or pressure cook 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, then shred the chicken. You can also use shredded rotisserie chicken. I like to use either this Instant Pot Shredded Chicken or this Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken recipe when making this dish.
  • Cream Cheese
  • Buffalo Sauce – I like to use Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce, but any brand of buffalo sauce will work!
  • Chicken Broth
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Kosher Salt
  • Blue Cheese Dressing – ranch dressing can also be used instead, if that’s your preference!
  • Uncooked Penne Pasta
  • Green Onions – optional topping to add some color, flavor and crunch!
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes – optional topping, for a little extra spice!
Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne Pasta

Step by step instructions

Just follow these 6 simple steps to make one of my all-time favorite recipes!

  1. Prepare the cheesy buffalo sauce. In a large pot or skillet on the stove over medium heat, add cream cheese, buffalo sauce and chicken broth. Whisk the ingredients together until the sauce is smooth and creamy.
  2. Spice up the sauce! Add paprika, garlic powder, black pepper and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. Make it creamy! Add blue cheese or ranch dressing to the sauce. Stir the sauce together until it’s smooth and creamy.
  4. Add the chicken. Add cooked, shredded chicken to the sauce, reduce the heat on the stove to low, then allow the sauce to simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Cook the pasta. Add penne pasta to a large pot of boiling water on the stove. Cook according to package directions, then drain the pasta and add it to the buffalo chicken sauce.
  6. Finish and serve. Top the pasta with diced green onions and crushed red pepper flakes, if you’d like and serve immediately.
Buffalo Chicken Pasta with creamy cheesy sauce in baking dish with green onions and red pepper flakes

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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!


Optional toppings


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the cream cheese, buffalo sauce and chicken broth.
  • Whisk until creamy.
  • Add the paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, salt and stir to combine
  • Add the blue cheese dressing and stir to combine.
  • Add the shredded chicken.
  • Allow the sauce to simmer for 10 minutes over low heat.
  • 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.
  • Drain the pasta then add it to the cheesy buffalo chicken sauce and stir to combine.
  • Top with diced green onions and crushed red pepper flakes, if you would like.



  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 665kcal (33%)Carbohydrates 68g (23%)Protein 33g (66%)Fat 29g (45%)Saturated Fat 14g (70%)Cholesterol 117mg (39%)Sodium 1827mg (76%)Potassium 475mg (14%)Fiber 3g (12%)Sugar 5g (6%)Vitamin A 1031mg (21%)Vitamin C 2mg (2%)Calcium 123mg (12%)Iron 2mg (11%)
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