Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Creamy One Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta sprinkled with herbs on a white plate.

Welcome to your next favorite weeknight dinner – the One Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta! This dish combines the creamy richness of a cheese sauce with the spicy kick of buffalo sauce, all wrapped around tender pasta and succulent chicken. It’s not just about tantalizing your taste buds; it’s about bringing a meal to the table that’s both comforting and exciting. And the best part? It requires only one pot, which means minimal cleanup and more time to enjoy your evening. Whether you’re using fresh, rotisserie, or leftover chicken, this recipe is designed to be versatile, satisfying, and, above all, delicious.

Why You’ll Love This One Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta

This One Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta isn’t just another recipe; it’s a game-changer for busy weeknights. Here’s why you’ll fall in love with it:

  • Effortless Cooking: One pot means less mess and less stress. Everything comes together in a single skillet for easy cooking and cleanup.
  • Flavorful: Every bite is packed with the perfect balance of spicy, creamy, and cheesy flavors that will have you reaching for seconds.
  • Versatile: This recipe is fantastic for using up leftovers or making the most of pantry staples. Plus, it’s easy to adjust to your heat preference.
  • Family-Friendly: A hit with both adults and kids, it’s creamy enough to mellow out the spice, ensuring everyone at the table is happy.

Ingredients

  • 1 large boneless skinless chicken breast, equal to 1 lb.
  • ½ cup blue cheese dressing (can substitute with ranch)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • ½ cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 stick celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14.5 oz. diced tomatoes, undrained (1 can)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb. penne pasta
  • ½ cup buffalo sauce
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 1.5 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter (optional, for finishing)

Instructions

  1. Prep the Cheese: For the best results, start by setting the cheddar, mozzarella, and cream cheese out ahead of time to bring them near room temperature.
  2. Cook the Chicken: In a pot of water, add the chicken and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for 15 minutes or until cooked through. For added flavor, consider adding 1-2 chicken bouillon cubes to the water. Shred the cooked chicken with two forks and toss with blue cheese dressing. Set aside.
  3. Sauté the Base: In a large, high-walled skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and celery, cooking until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Cook the Pasta: Add undrained diced tomatoes and chicken broth to the skillet and bring to a boil. Add penne, ensuring it’s submerged, and let it return to a boil. Cover and cook until al dente, about 10-13 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  5. Add the Flavor: Reduce heat to low. Stir in buffalo sauce, cubed cream cheese, and shredded cheeses until the sauce thickens. Add the shredded chicken and red pepper flakes. For a smoother sauce, swirl in 2 tablespoons of cold butter.
  6. Serve: Once the pasta is creamy and the chicken is well-incorporated, remove from heat. Let it stand for a few minutes to thicken further, then serve warm.

Pro Tips for the Perfect Dish

  • Cheese Prep: Bringing the cheeses to room temperature helps them melt smoothly into the sauce.
  • Pasta Al Dente: Avoid overcooking the pasta since it continues to cook in the sauce, absorbing flavors.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this hearty pasta dish with a side of crunchy celery sticks and extra blue cheese dressing for dipping. A crisp, green salad also complements the creamy, spicy flavors perfectly.

Conclusion

This One Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta is more than just a meal; it’s a flavorful journey that brings the comfort of home-cooked food to your table with the least amount of fuss. It’s perfect for those nights when you crave something delicious but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. So, why wait? Dive into this creamy, spicy, and utterly satisfying dish that promises to become a staple in your recipe collection.