Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne

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 burgers to tacos to this new yummy dish, 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 Penne.

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Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 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

Begin making the cheesy, buffalo sauce by melting the cream cheese, Franks Buffalo Sauce and chicken broth together.

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Next, add in the paprika, garlic powder, black pepper and salt.

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Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat or until all of the ingredients are combined and the sauce is creamy!

Next, add in the blue cheese dressing.

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Then add the shredded chicken.

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Allow the sauce to cook for an additional 10 minutes over low heat.

In the meantime boil a large pot of water and cook the penne pasta for 10-12 minutes, drain and serve.

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Next, combine the cheesy buffalo chicken sauce with the penne pasta.

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Lastly, finish it off with your choice of additional toppings.  I added them both!

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Crushed red pepper (because it can never be too spicy!) and green onions (because it looks pretty and adds a little crunch on top!)

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Now let’s do a little zoom action…

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

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♣ 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. Make sure the blue cheese dressing is gluten-free. Ken’s (pictured above) is my favorite blue cheese dressing EVER and it is gluten-free! Yay!

Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne

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

Instructions

  1. Begin making the cheesy, buffalo sauce by melting the cream cheese, buffalo sauce and chicken broth together.
  2. Add the paprika, garlic powder, black pepper and salt.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat or until all of the ingredients are combined and the sauce is creamy.
  4. Add the blue cheese dressing.
  5. Add the shredded chicken.
  6. Allow the sauce to cook for an additional 10 minutes over low heat.
  7. In the meantime boil a large pot of water and cook the penne pasta for 10-12 minutes, drain and serve.
  8. Combine the cheesy buffalo chicken sauce with the penne pasta.
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