Buffalo Chicken Pasta is an easy one-dish delish casserole with extra quick prep time.

A quick baked pasta casserole with shredded chicken and tender pasta in a shortcut creamy buffalo pasta sauce.

This is the ultimate combo for those of us who love a little heat and lots of melty cheese! What’s not to love!?

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Quick & Easy Buffalo Pasta

  • Buffalo chicken pasta bake is a crowd-pleasing pasta recipe favorite.
  • Since this is made with leftover, rotisserie, or cooked chicken, it’s quick and easy to prepare.
  • It can be prepped ahead of time and baked before serving.
  • On game-day keep it warm in a crockpot and let guests help themselves!
  • DIY your own buffalo sauce and ranch seasoning or use your favorite buffalo wing sauce to make it easy.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Ingredients

Ingredients and Variations

PASTA Any mediu pasta shape will do! The rich, creamy sauce will cling better to heavier kinds of pasta like penne, farfalle, rotini, or cavatappi.

PRO TIP: Cook pasta to al dente (‘to the bite’) because the pasta will cook a little more in the oven.

SAUCE There’s no whisking or roux, this sauce is a shortcut favorite. Use a hand mixer to get the smoothest results and no pre-cooking required.

Sour cream and cream cheese, milk, buffalo sauce, condensed chicken soup, and ranch powder.

CHICKEN Premade rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken makes this recipe quick. If you don’t have cooked chicken, pan-fry or bake skinless chicken breasts to use in this recipe.

CHEESE The cheesy combo of Monterey Jack cheese and cheddar brings this dish together. Try any combination of Pepper Jack, Mozzarella cheese, or Mexican Cotija. Don’t forget the sliced green onion topping.

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How to Make Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Keep this cheesy, creamy, pasta dish on hand.

  1. Cook pasta.
  2. While pasta is cooking mix the sauce ingredients together, add the chicken.
  3. Combine with pasta, top with cheese, and bake per the recipe below.

Literally so easy.

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How to Make Ahead

Assemble pasta bake and keep it covered in the refrigerator until it’s ready to bake. It’s a tasty takeaway main dish for potlucks and parties. Or, portion the casserole for grab-and-go workday lunches.

Leftover Pasta?

Keep leftover buffalo ranch pasta bake covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat portions on the stove by adding a little milk to loosen up the sauce. Freeze cooled pasta in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside for up to 6 weeks.

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Pasta for Days!

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Buffalo Chicken Pasta

This easy, cheesy pasta bake is the perfect option for a quick weeknight dinner!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients  

  • 12 ounces penne or any medium pasta
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 10.5 oz condensed cream of chicken soup
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • cup milk
  • ½ cup buffalo sauce divided
  • 2 tablespoons ranch seasoning mix
  • 2-3 cups cooked chicken shredded
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1 cup Monterey jack shredded
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9x13 pan.
  • Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions and set aside.
  • While pasta is cooking, combine sour cream, soup, cream cheese, milk, ¼ cup of buffalo sauce, and ranch seasoning with a hand mixer (or spoon) until fully combined.
  • In a large bowl, mix the chicken, pasta, sauce mixture, and half of each of the cheese. Spread into the prepared pan.
  • Top with remaining cheese and bake for 30-35 minutes or until heated through.
  • Top with remaining buffalo sauce and garnish with additional green onions if desired.

Notes

Cook pasta just until al dente (firm) as it will cook more in the oven.
We don't add salt to this recipe as we find the cheeses, ranch mix and soup have enough salt for our liking. As with all recipes, season with salt to taste.
Prepared condensed chicken soup can be substituted with homemade condensed soup or 1 1/3 cup jarred alfredo sauce.
We use rotisserie chicken but leftovers work too. This recipe can use between two to three cups of shredded chicken. We like to add 3 cups for heartier appetites.
To substitute raw chicken breast, cut 1 lb chicken into bite-sized pieces, and season with salt, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. Cook chicken in olive oil over medium-high heat until no pink remains, about 6-8 minutes.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 464 | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1262mg | Potassium: 301mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 699IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 279mg | Iron: 2mg

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

Course Chicken, Dinner, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American
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  1. Is there anything else that can be sunstroke the soup other than Alfredo sauce? Would additional cream cheese, sour cream, Buffalo sauce, or ranch dressing (or some combo of those) work instead?

    1. I think any combination of the above you’ve mentioned would work. I would suggest melting the cream cheese in a small skillet with the buffalo sauce and then removing from the heat and stirring in sour cream or ranch to taste.

  2. What happened to the recipe that had the jar of Alfredo sauce and Hidden Valley Ranch bottled dressing?
    It was my families favorite but I don’t remember the exact recipe. Please help!5 stars

    1. Here is the version with Alfredo sauce:

      1 lb rotini pasta
      2 cups Alfredo pasta sauce
      ⅔ cup Hidden Valley® Ranch Buffalo Ranch Dressing
      2 cups cooked chicken
      1 cup sliced celery
      1 red pepper, diced
      2½ cups cheddar cheese
      Instructions
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 dish and set aside.
      Cook pasta al dente according to package directions.
      Combine pasta, alfredo sauce, Hidden Valley® Ranch Buffalo Ranch Dressing, chicken, celery, red pepper and 1 cup of the cheese.
      Spread into prepared dish and top with remaining cheese.
      Bake 20-22 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted.

  3. This was a hit for us – my fiance loved it as did our friends. I added some freshly crumbled blue cheese to both the sauce and the topping (before baking). Used about 2/3 cup of ranch dressing since I didn’t have sour cream or dry ranch seasoning on hand. Sprinkled in some garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper. Was generous with the wing sauce since we like spice; on that note, I also sliced up a fresh jalapeno and mixed that in. Grated two cups of pepperjack cheese since this was what we had available already. Baked for 30 minutes at 375 and it came out lightly golden brown and bubbling. Smelled truly amazing and tasted delicious.5 stars

  4. I made this recipe once and it was amazing. I prefer to make more of the sauce because it becomes even tastier having a little bit more moisture for me but to each their own. All together a recipe I’m keeping forever.5 stars

    1. my husband absolutely loved this, it’s so hard finding food he begs for repeats on as he is a picky eater so this is one added to a favorite for sure5 stars

  5. I (and my friends) are IN LOVE with this recipe. The only tweak I did was for the Buffalo sauce on top, I mixed it with some sour cream and water to be more of a creamy sauce on top so it’s not overly spicy for sensitive folks. Amazing dish, I make it all the time and it’s delicious every single time.5 stars

  6. Super yummy, easy to make. I premade the dish, then stored in fridge & baked the following day. Used a combo of shredded Italian and Mexican cheeses rather than those called for in the recipe as that’s what I always have on hand. Not at all salty (I used low sodium cream of chicken soup) which was a very pleasant surprise. Added extra buffalo sauce for extra spice. Only reason I didn’t give it 5 starts is that it’s not as good on reheat as on day one, though still very, very good. This will be on our regular rotation.4 stars

    1. Hi Nicole, this recipe freezes well. We freeze cooled pasta in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside for up to 6 weeks.