Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake!

If you are like me and love hot wings or anything with buffalo sauce on it, you are going to love this pasta.  It's easy to put together and you could even use some leftover chicken breasts.  It bakes up in no time and it makes enough to feed a good sized family.  Here is what you will need:

3 cups diced chicken breast
1/2 -3/4 cups hot wing sauce, depending on your tastes
1 lb. box of penne pasta (can use rotini or any other type you might have on hand)
1 8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened
1 can evaporated milk  (12 oz,)
2 cups milk
2 Tbs. butter
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup bleu cheese crumbles (optional)
2 Tbs. Ranch dressing mix
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. celery salt

Cook the pasta in salted water as directed on the package.  Under cook by about 1 minute or 2 to get al dente pasta.  Drain well, but do not rinse.  

Chop the chicken in to bite size pieces and then toss with 1/2 cup buffalo sauce.  Use more buffalo sauce if you like more spice. I used some chicken breasts I had baked the day before. You could also use a rotisserie chicken for convenience.

Place the cream cheese, cubed in the warm pan you cooked the pasta in.  Add the canned milk, the 2 cups milk, the butter and the seasonings, including the ranch dressing mix.  Whisk together over low heat. Stir often because this will stick.  Bring it up to almost a boil, but don't let it boil.  Turn the heat down and whisk in 2 cups of the cheddar cheese. Blend until it melts.  Also stir in 2 Tbs. of additional buffalo sauce.  At the very end add in the bleu cheese if you using it.  The bleu cheese is optional, because so many people do not care for it. Once this all bakes, you don't really taste it that much though. Fold in your pasta and the buffalo chicken and toss until it is all well coated. 
Pour the mixture into a large baking dish or casserole that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.  A 9"x13" works well for this.  Sprinkle the top with the 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese you have left.   Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes until hot and bubbly and starting to brown.   Garnish the top with sliced green onions or chives.



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  3. Yummmm..can't wait to try this!

  4. "Oh my God woman your trying to kill me."; was my husbands response when he snuck a bite of this at it came out of the oven tonight! He was getting ready to walk out the door to lead a band concert and was saddened that he would have to wait two hours before he could sit down to eat a place of this yummy casserole. I've paired it with celery sticks, carrots, ranch dip and some toasted sourdough bread slices. The kids have devoured it and I'm seriously considering a 2nd helping...great job Sweet Tea!

  5. Made this tonight for a group of friends and we loved it. I added panko breadcrumbs to the cheese on top and it made a nice "crust". Delicious! I will definitely make again.

  6. Glad you all enjoyed this! Thanks for the great comments. Jennifer, I hope you all saved some for your husband, but I am sure you did. Glad to hear that the kids liked it, I wasn't sure if kids would.

  7. My fifteen year old daughter has been asking me to make a "baked buffalo mac and cheese w/ chicken" like she had one evening at a restaurant. Looks like I can make her wish come true! Thank you, Ms SweetTea! Can't wait to make it!

  8. That's great, Hope. Teenagers and college age kids seem to really love this dish. It's right up their alley. Hope your daughter does also.

  9. Love your blog. I notice in some of your photos that you have the Temp-Tations baking set in do I. I love the stuff! Definitely got you bookmarked.

  10. Kathy, I meant to get back to you but it was a bit crazy with the holidays and all. My daughter and her friends loved it! Thanks again and Happy New Year!

  11. Could you send me recipe of red eyed gravy I have looked every where and can not find it

  12. Hi there. I can't get ranch dressing mix here in NZ, can I use something else and not ruin the recipe? thank you

    1. Hi there, I know this comment is old but I found a recipe for a good ranch mix:
      2 Tbsp dried parsley
      2 tsp dried dill
      1 tsp garlic powder
      1 tsp onion powder
      1/2 tsp black pepper
      1/2 tsp dried chives
      pinch of salt



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