I love the taste of buffalo anything. Buffalo chicken dip, buffalo chicken in a wrap, ooohhh…I make this really good buffalo ranch chex mix around the holidays. I just love that flavor. Well…except for buffalo chicken wings. That has more to do with the fact that I cannot bear to eat chicken off of a bone, so it doesn’t count.
This buffalo chicken pasta sounded so good, I could barely wait to eat it! Creamy sauce, tender pasta, hearty chicken with the perfect amount of buffalo kick to it. One problem. If you have kids that really don’t like the buffalo flavor, and you think, “well, they will eat this because it is really yummy!”, it will not work. They will still not like the buffalo flavor and be really mad that this is all that is for dinner. They will moan and whine that you should have left some pasta plain “at least” and that it was way too “spicy!” even going as far to say that their tongue was “burning off” from tasting one miniscule bite.
Oh-sorry I digress.
Anyways, it is the most delicious pasta ever. Try it on a night the kids are at grandmas!
Buffalo Chicken Pasta
4 cups pasta shells (regular or whole wheat), cooked
2 1/2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1 tblsp butter, melted
1 cup buffalo wing sauce, divided
3 tblsp butter
4 tblsp flour
2 1/4 cups milk
1 tblsp dijon mustard
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
green onions, blue cheese, cilantro, extra wing sauce for serving
In a medium bowl toss the cooked chicken cubes with the melted butter and half of the buffalo wing sauce. Set aside. In a large saute pan, melt butter until slightly sizzling, but not brown. Whisk in the flour and continue whisking until a paste forms. Slowly whisk in the milk, making sure to whisk out all the lumps of flour until the mixture is smooth. Cook over low heat for two minutes. Add the cheeses and mustard and stir until melted and creamy. Slowly add in remaining buffalo sauce. Add the pasta and buffalo coated chicken. Stir and cook over low heat for 5 minutes until all heated through and sauce has thickened. Serve piping hot with blue cheese, extra wing sauce, cilantro or green onions. Enjoy!