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Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Buffalo wings meet pasta salad in this flavorful and easy tailgating or game day recipe. Use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store as a short cut and for quick and easy assembly.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time9 mins
chill time: 1 hour or more1 hr
Total Time1 hr 14 mins
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blue cheese, Buffalo sauce, football food, game day, make ahead, pasta salad, Super Bowl
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

*Use a premium ranch dressing like Marie’s or Marzetti’s found in the refrigerated section of the produce department for best flavor
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.
Serves 12 or more depending on other sides and appetizers you're serving.