Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad is an easy and crowd-pleasing recipe to add to your line up of game day snacks for the Super Bowl this Sunday!
Buffalo wings meet pasta salad in this flavorful and make-ahead recipe, sure to score a touchdown at your Super Bowl party or at your next tailgate!
I used a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store for a short cut and quick and easy assembly. We prefer rotini pasta so the buffalo/dressing gets in mixed through all the nooks and crannies of the corkscrew-shaped pasta, but use the pasta of your choice.
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
1 lb. rotini pasta, cook according to box directions
2 c. shredded rotisserie chicken, seasoned with salt and pepper (add more is serving as a main dish)
1/2 c. buffalo sauce (I used Frank’s)
1/2 c. *ranch dressing, plus more for drizzling (*use a premium ranch dressing like Marie’s or Marzetti’s found in the refrigerated section of the produce department for best flavor)
1 1/2 cup chopped celery
Celery leaves, chopped
Blue cheese crumbles, to taste, some mixed in pasta, some for garnish
Cook pasta according to box directions. Drain pasta and toss with buffalo sauce and ranch dressing while pasta is still warm. Stir in chicken, celery, celery leaves and blue cheese crumbles. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with an additional drizzle of ranch dressing, blue cheese crumbles and celery leaves if desired.
Tip: Provide a squeeze bottle of ranch dressing and let your everyone drizzle their individual cups/servings of pasta salad with additional dressing to help cool down the heat from the buffalo sauce.
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Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
- 1 lb. rotini pasta cook according to box directions
- 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken seasoned with salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup buffalo sauce I used Frank's
- 1/2 cup *ranch dressing plus more for drizzling
- 1 1/2 cup celery diced
- Celery leaves chopped
- Blue cheese crumbles amount to taste, some mixed in pasta, some for garnish
- Cook pasta according to box directions. Drain pasta and toss with buffalo sauce and ranch dressing while pasta is still warm to absorb flavor.
- Stir in chicken, celery, celery leaves and blue cheese crumbles.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish pasta salad with an additional drizzle of ranch dressing, blue cheese crumbles and celery leaves, if desired.
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