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Buffalo Chicken Pasta – One Pot!

This Buffalo Chicken Pasta Recipe is made in ONE Pot with shredded chicken that’s tossed in blue cheese dressing and combined with penne and a creamy buffalo sauce. This is a perfect way to use up rotisserie or leftover chicken!

A white plate with buffalo chicken pasta with a fork in the background.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

This One Pot wonder is perfect for buffalo chicken and pasta lovers. The sauce is so flavorful, you can’t miss my secret trick at the end that makes all the difference. It’s a technique that the chefs use to create a smooth, velvety finish to the sauce.

Feel free to add in your favorite vegetables to this Buffalo Chicken Pasta. Diced or frozen carrots work well and we’ve already got some finely diced celery in the mix.

As far as ingredients go, I’ll share my absolute favorite brands for the buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing. (Not sponsored, they will just forever be my my go-to’s.) Let’s get to it!

Ingredients

See recipe card at bottom of post for ingredient quantities and full instructions

  • Shredded Chicken– Feel free to shred up leftover chicken or use Rotisserie
  • Blue Cheese DressingMarie’s Chunky Blue Cheese is my favorite, it’s in the refrigerated section near the produce
  • Salt/Pepper- Not necessary if using rotisserie chicken
  • COLD Butter- I use salted, but you can use unsalted if preferred
  • Garlic- I recommend mincing fresh cloves at home for best flavor.
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Diced Tomatoes– undrained
  • Chicken Broth
  • Water
  • Penne– or any other kind you have on hand, cooking time may need to be adjusted. Farfalle/Bow Tie Pasa makes a good substitute.
  • Buffalo Sauce– I use Frank’s Redhot Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • Cream Cheese- Softened
  • Cheddar- Shredded from a block at home for creamiest results.
  • Mozzarella-  Low moisture shredded from a block at home will melt the best.
  • Red Pepper Flakes- Optional
  • Green Onions- to Garnish

How to Make it

Gently boil the chicken for 15 minutes, until cooked through. Drain and shred. Season with salt/pepper and toss with Blue Cheese dressing. Set aside.

Sauté butter, garlic, celery and onions for 5 minutes.

A bowl of shredded chicken next to a pot of diced onions and celery.

Add chicken broth, water, and un-drained diced tomatoes.

Bring to a boil, add the penne and cook until al dente.

Penne in a pot before and after being cooked.

Add the buffalo sauce, cream cheese, cheddar, mozzarella. and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.

A pot of buffalo chicken pasta with cream cheese and cheese being added.

Add the shredded chicken, stir to combine.

Adding shredded chicken to a pot of buffalo chicken pasta.

Note: The sauce will continue to thicken upon standing and the penne will continue to absorb more.

KEY LAST STEP: Remove sauce from heat.  Add 2 Tablespoons COLD butter and swirl to combine into the sauce. This is a technique that chefs use called “monter au beurre”, which creates a smooth finish when added to warm sauces. It also helps to thicken it.

Garnish with green onions and serve!

Stirring buffalo chicken pasta in a pot.

PRO Tips for Buffalo Chicken Pasta

  • Using 3/4 lb. pasta will give you lots of extra sauce, (which I love). It will take a little longer to thicken up but this is preferable if you plan on having leftovers, as the pasta will absorb more sauce in the fridge.
  • Make sure the cream cheese is fully softened when you add it to the pasta.
  • Boil the chicken gently to ensure it doesn’t become tough.
  • Shred the cheese and set aside before you begin for creamiest results.

Storage

Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for 3-4 days. You can also freeze for up to 3 months.

PRO Tips for Reheating:

  • For best results, reheat in a double boiler with the lid on. The consistency, texture, and flavor is much better than microwaving. (Here’s how to make your own double boiler.)
  • Frozen pasta should be thawed overnight in the fridge before reheating.

A pot of buffalo chicken pasta with a wooden spoon.

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Penne pasta smothered in a creamy buffalo chicken sauce with green onions.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

5 from 11 votes
This Buffalo Chicken Pasta is smothered in a Creamy Buffalo Sauce with shredded chicken and blue cheese dressing and made in just ONE Pot in 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups shredded chicken, see instructions for cooking your own.
  • ½ cup blue cheese dressing
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons cold butter, separated
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup onions
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, *not* drained
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 lb. penne
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 1 cup cheddar, shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • Green onions, to garnish

Instructions

  • PRO Tip: Set your cheddar, mozzarella, and cream cheese out ahead of time, we want them near room temperature when we add them to the pasta.

Gently Boil/Shred the Chicken:

  • Place chicken in a pot of water and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for 15 minutes, until cooked through. Remove from heat and drain. PRO Tip 1: Add chicken bouillon to the water to add more flavor to the chicken. PRO Tip 2: A gentle boil (instead of a rapid boil), ensures that the chicken doesn't become tough.
  • Use two forks to shred. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Toss with blue cheese dressing and set aside.

Prepare the Pasta:

  • Heat 2 Tablespoons of butter in a large high-walled skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, onions, and celery. Cook for 5 minutes, until softened.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and water. Bring to a boil, add the pasta, and stir to combine.
  • Cover and let it boil for 10-13 minutes, or until al dente. Refer to box for guidance on cooking time. Don't cook any more than al dente as we will be keeping it over low heat until the sauce is thickened.
  • Reduce heat to low. Add the buffalo sauce, cubed cream cheese, shredded cheese, and red pepper flakes. Use a silicone spatula to gently stir. The sauce will seem thin at first, but it continues to thicken as it stands, and will thicken further at the next step. Add the shredded chicken,
  • Once sauce is near desired consistency, swirl in remaining 2 Tablespoons COLD butter. Don’t skip this step. This is a technique that chefs use called “monter au beurre”, which creates a smooth finish when added to warm sauces.
  • Garnish with green onions and serve.

Video

Notes

Butter: I use salted butter for this recipe but you may also choose to use unsalted.

If using rotisserie chicken, no need to season it with salt/pepper.

For saucier pasta: use ¾ pound of pasta. It will take longer to thicken up but this is a good idea if you plan to have leftovers as the penne will continue to absorb the sauce overnight.

Nutrition

Calories: 1126kcal, Carbohydrates: 96g, Protein: 57g, Fat: 57g, Saturated Fat: 31g, Cholesterol: 210mg, Sodium: 2608mg, Potassium: 929mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 1814IU, Vitamin C: 22mg, Calcium: 518mg, Iron: 5mg

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34 comments on “Buffalo Chicken Pasta – One Pot!”

  1. Wondering if this would be too spicy for younger children?

    • Hey Amanda! The blue cheese and the cream cheese cool it down nicely so I don’t think it would be a problem, although some people (adults included) are very sensitive to buffalo sauce in general so it would also depend on the person, but it’s not overly hot or spicy. My vote is that you’d be safe! 🙂

  2. Every recipe that I’ve made from The Cozy Cook has been amazing, but the buffalo chicken pasta is by far our favorite!!  My teenage daughters love to cook with me and have been asking to make this again since we made it last fall.  We made it last night and enjoyed it as much as we did the first time!!  It’s a perfect winter meal!  If you haven’t made this yet- you are missing out!  Thank You for all of the great recipes!  

    • Thanks so much Andi, you’re the best!😍 I’m so happy you’re able to cook with your teenage daughters. I can’t wait until my daughter gets a little older. I’ve been slowly getting her involved. This is in my husbands top 5 for recipes! Thanks so much for the review and comments!

  3. My boyfriend and I made this tonight and OMG! It was truly amazing! We followed the recipe exactly – down to the butter at the end and it was perfect. We cook a lot together and pride ourselves on the many fabulous meals we’ve had. We don’t even like to go out to dinner – we both would rather cook at home. (He loves to do dishes, BTW!) We both agree that this one is our favorite! Thanks so much!

    • Hi Keri! I’m so happy you and your boyfriend liked the Buffalo Chicken Pasta!😃 This is one of my husbands favorites, he pretty much likes anything with buffalo sauce though, lol. Cooking with your significant other is so much fun and if you’ve got a boyfriend that likes doing the dishes than he’s a keeper!😉

  4. This is by far the best Buffalo Chicken Pasta I’ve made. Delicious!

  5. The link for buffalo sauce just takes me to Amazon home page.  Is there a particular sauce you use?  I don’t know anything about buffalo sauce so would appreciate knowing a proven brand.  Thank you.

  6. Really good recipe – definitely comfort food rather than health food!  Makes 4 good sized servings – I doubled it and had a mountain.  The butter did improve the sauce consistency as described.

  7. This recipe was SO good, I’ve tried other Buffalo Chicken Pasta recipes before and the flavor is never quite right, but this was perfect. Thank you!

  8. Made this the other night for dinner and added carrots and mushrooms! It turned out great and my family all enjoyed it. Always know I am going to love the recipes that the Cozy Cook posts! Thanks again for another great dinner idea!

    • Hey Gail, I’m so happy that you liked it and LOVE the idea of adding carrots and mushrooms. Carrots go so well with the flavors in this dish and I’m just a huge mushroom fan all-around, I’ll have to try that next time, thank you so much for sharing your ideas! -Stephanie

  9. This sounds amazing except we’re not blue cheese fans. Any ideas about substitutions? Ranch maybe?

  10. I saw this on your Instagram page and knew that I had to try it, my husband loves all things Buffalo! Let me tell you, this meal was amazing! The flavor was spot on, the sauce was just amazing. We will be making this every week I’m sure, thanks for such a great recipe!

    • Hey Kelsey, I am so happy that you enjoyed this recipe! My husband is a huge buffalo chicken guy too so I knew I had to get this one right! Thank you for taking the time to come leave a review!! -Stephanie

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