Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

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Pack a little extra heat (and a lot more flavor) into your summer cookout with this easy to make Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad!  This easy pasta salad is sure to be the most popular dish at any get-together!

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How to Make Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

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‘Tis the season for cookouts.  For bonfires, outdoor parties, and easy throw-together-and-go pasta salads.  I’ve begun to suspect that the whole summer season is actually just one big excuse to get together outdoors and eat food.

And pasta salad may just be the glue that holds these cookouts together — I don’t think I’ve ever been to any summertime celebration where there wasn’t at least one chilled Tupperware container full of dressing-soaked noodles… and whatever your familial preferences were in terms of add-ins.

But while a classic Italian dressing-tossed pasta salad is good, sure, I think it’s time we spice things up a bit.  Your pasta salad and your cookout deserve to be amped up a notch or two, and that’s why I’ve finally perfected this recipe for buffalo chicken pasta salad.

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With a heavy-handed pour of buffalo sauce (tempered by an equally heavy-handed serving of ranch dressing) this pasta salad is a feisty side dish that comes together in a matter of minutes — the longest part is boiling the pasta!

As with many pasta salads, this one can also be customized to best suit your tastes.  Feel free to toss in some garden veggies or celery, but be sure that you don’t leave any of the ingredients out!  There are two spoonfuls of mayonnaise stirred in with the buffalo/ranch sauce to maximize the creaminess of the dressing without making it too heavy, and the pasta does a wonderful job of soaking up the sauce for a flavorful kick of heat in each bite.

It also makes those nice cold cookout desserts (like this one, or this one) all the more appreciated.

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Print Recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
Prep Time:
18 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
26 mins
 
Author: Samantha
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo chicken pasta salad

Pack a little extra heat (and a lot more flavor) into your summer cookout with this easy to make Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad!

Ingredients
  • 8 oz rotini pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded chicken I use a rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1/3 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery optional
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped scallions
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Add chicken breast and red pepper and stir to combine.
  4. In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, mayonnaise, garlic powder, and black pepper to make a sauce.
  5. Pour sauce over pasta mixture and stir until well combined.
  6. Stir in mozzarella cheese (it is best to add this while the pasta is still warm so that the cheese mostly melts).
  7. Top with chives and serve*
Recipe Notes

*This pasta salad is delicious either served warm or chilled first in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 285, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 812mg, Potassium: 168mg, Carbohydrates: 23g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 12g, Vitamin A: 6.3%, Vitamin C: 10.4%, Calcium: 8.6%, Iron: 3.7%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Pack a little extra heat (and a lot more flavor) into your summer cookout with this easy to make Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad!  This easy pasta salad is sure to be the most popular dish at any get-together!
Pack a little extra heat (and a lot more flavor) into your summer cookout with this easy to make Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad!  This easy pasta salad is sure to be the most popular dish at any get-together!

Samantha

Samantha is the creator behind the dessert blog “Sugar Spun Run”, a website she began as an excuse to appease her insatiable sweet tooth. Here she shares original, from-scratch desserts, usually of the chocolate variety. If she’s not in her kitchen (more likely than not coated in a fine dusting of powdered sugar), you’ll probably find her hanging out with her husband and their two dogs, Penny and (Princess) Leia.

14 comments on “Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad”

  1. This was fabulous! I like it warm but I am sure in the summer it would be great cold. The flavor is perfect.

  2. I love buffalo chicken and this recipe sounds so flavorful and delicious. Great share!

  3. Wow, so comforting! Love this salad!

  4. I would love this salad cold! Nicely done.

  5. MMM Buffalo chicken pasta salad looks so tasty. A quick meal too

  6. Love pasta salads, they’re delicious and filling! And adding protein is always great!

  7. What an awesome looking dish – this would be terrific to bring to a barbecue, or to share with friends at a potluck!

  8. Buffalo chicken is one of my favorite things in the world. This is calling my name!

  9. ranch + buffalo = HEAVEN! and then add pasta? forget it. This looks so good Holly! Somebody needs to throw a bbq stat so that I can bring this :)

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