This Buffalo Chicken Pasta is a delicious and easy casserole recipe that can be on your table in 30 minutes. Combining buffalo chicken dip and cheesy pasta in one pan creates a meal that everyone will devour in minutes.
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Do you struggle with making quick and easy dinners? I tend to put off thinking about dinner until the very last second. Then I'm scrambling to have a hot meal ready when everyone is hungry.
Keeping pasta, chicken, and cheese on hand makes it easy to put together a quick 30 minute meal. We usually have extra chicken in the freezer for meals like this cheesy chicken pasta and this buffalo chicken pasta.
Our family loves anything that has buffalo chicken in it. This easy buffalo chicken dip is the number one snack request for our movie nights. So, for this easy dinner recipe I decided to combine our favorite dip with a cheesy pasta casserole.
Why You Will Love This
Added pasta noodles to cream cheese, hot sauce, and melted cheese makes this the best buffalo chicken casserole ever! This pasta dinner tastes just like the buffalo chicken dip, only much heartier!
It is so easy to put this casserole together on busy nights. You can also prep it the night before and pop it in the oven when you get home from work.
The top layer of melted cheese will have everyone wanting to dive in as soon as the timer goes off. Give it a few minutes, add some toppings, and then go to town on the buffalo chicken goodness!
Enjoy all the flavors you love about buffalo chicken wings in a creamy cheesy pasta casserole. This easy buffalo chicken pasta bake comes together with just a few simple ingredients.
- Chicken - You can use a rotisserie chicken, leftover chicken breasts, chopped grilled chicken, or even canned chicken. We have used every kind of chicken in this buffalo chicken recipe. It tastes amazing no matter what kind of chicken you use.
- Cream Cheese - Makes the pasta creamy and delicious.
- Shredded Cheese - A mixture of shredded mozzarella cheese and cheddar cheese bakes up nice and gooey.
- Hot Sauce - We love using Frank's Red Hot sauce to give a hot and spicy flavor to the buffalo pasta. Feel free to reduce the amount or use a wing sauce instead to make it milder.
- Ranch Dressing or Blue Cheese Dressing - Either one will taste great. It all depends on which dressing you prefer with your buffalo chicken wings. Our family prefers ranch dressing, so we make buffalo ranch chicken.
- Pasta - Use your favorite pasta noodles for this easy casserole. We prefer penne noodles because they hold sauce better. Bow tie noodles would be awesome in this buffalo chicken pasta too. Cook and drain the noodles before stirring them into the buffalo chicken dip mixture.
- Optional Toppings - Green onions and blue cheese crumbles are great toppings for this buffalo chicken pasta.
How to Make Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake
This easy buffalo chicken pasta recipe can be made in minutes. It is a great meal to have on the dinner table in under 30 minutes.
Be careful! This easy buffalo chicken casserole has a thick layer of gooey cheese on top. Everyone will be fighting for the first cheesy scoop!
Cook the Pasta
- Cook the pasta noodles according to the box directions.
- Drain noodles. Drizzle with olive oil to keep them from sticking.
BRUCREW TIP: Make this a low carb buffalo chicken recipe by substituting cooked CAULIFLOWER for the noodles. Healthy chicken recipe just like that.
Assemble and Bake the Casserole
- Stir the cream cheese, ranch, and hot sauce in a large bowl until smooth and creamy.
- Add the shredded cooked chicken, drained noodles, and some of the mozzarella cheese and stir gently.
- Spoon the buffalo chicken mixture into a greased baking dish and top with the rest of the shredded cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through and the cheese on top is melted and starting to brown.
Garnish and Eat
- Drizzle the hot buffalo chicken casserole with ranch dressing and hot sauce.
- Serve with green onions and blue cheese crumbles.
Tips and Tricks
- To keep the cooked pasta noodles from drying out and sticking together, drizzle them with olive oil.
- Looking for a buffalo chicken pasta that has a milder, buttery flavor? Use buffalo sauce instead of the Frank's hot sauce.
- Shred block cheese instead of buying bags of pre-shredded cheese. Bagged cheese has a powder added to it to keep it from sticking and clumping together. Freshly shredded cheese tastes better and melts creamier.
- Blue cheese has a stronger flavor that some people do not enjoy. Serve blue cheese dressing and blue cheese crumbles on the side as an option for anyone that loves that flavor.
Make it a Meal
This buffalo chicken casserole is a complete meal on its own. Although, having extra sides and desserts always makes a dinner better. Here are a few ideas for recipes that we love.
The pasta casserole can be made up to one day ahead of time. Mix everything together, then cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate it.
Remove the casserole dish from the fridge 30 minutes before baking. Bake until hot and bubbly.
Buffalo chicken pasta leftovers will keep for 3-4 days if stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave.
You sure can. Substitute cooked cauliflower for the pasta noodles and enjoy.
It can. I would use a crock pot if you are cooking raw chicken breasts instead of using already cooked chicken.
Add the chicken breasts and hot sauce to the hot sauce. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. Shredded the chicken in the juices.
Stir in the cream cheese, ranch dressing, and cheese and let cook for 15 minutes.
Add the cooked pasta and top with more cheese right before serving.
More Buffalo Chicken Recipes
- Buffalo Chicken Nachos
- Buffalo Chicken Totchos
- Buffalo Chicken Rolls
- Buffalo Chicken Wrap
- Buffalo Wing Chips
- Buffalo Chicken Slider
- Buffalo Chicken Salad Sandwich
- Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Pizza
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*The post for Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake was first published on October 18, 2016. The post has been updated and republished July 14, 2021.
Has anyone frozen this successfully? Want to make freezer meal for my daughter who is expecting a baby but didn't see any comments on freezing. Thank you! It is awesome!
I think it could be frozen successfully. We have frozen other pasta dinners with good luck. I would make the pasta part, place it in a freezer safe pan and let it cool to room temp. Then top with the extra cheese, cover well, and freeze. To make it later, thaw overnight in the fridge, then remove 30 minutes before baking. The end baking time may be a little longer because it will be chilled. I hope that helps and your daughter enjoys the dinner.
Cream cheese does not freeze well.
Cream cheese by itself can be frozen, but when thawed it may be grainy. In a pasta sauce with other ingredients, cream cheese is totally fine to freeze and thaw.
This looks awesome! I
Haven't been able to make things like this yet, you know,with all the food shortage and inflation.,but I look forward to making it in the future! 🍗🧀😛
Can this be done in a 9×13 if doubled?
Yes, that would be just fine. I hope you enjoy it.
I make this in a 9x 13 and it doesn't need to be doubled
This Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake has become a favorite of my family and My daughter’s friends requested I make it for senior night for their senior dinner along with Chicken Alfredo Pasta.
Great recipe! I made as-instructed (used Rotisserie chicken and a mix of Franks Buffalo sauce and Buffalo Wild Wings medium sauce). My husband had more than one serving which is a compliment because he is a GREAT cook and I am amateur at best (probably below). This is going in my very short rotation list!
What do you think of using Frank’s Buffalo Sauce?
You can't go wrong using any of Frank's hot sauces. We have used the wing sauce before and loved it.
I use this recipe all the time and love it. Typically I use Frank's buffalo garlic wing sauce but I also throw in a heavy bit of sriracha since the other eaters don't like the vinegar tang of Buffalo. Always comes out great.
I make this recipe for my brother and he loves it. He says that it is very good and begs me every day to make it for him. Thank you for sharing!!!
I love pasta and this recipe hit it out of the park! The rest of the family loved it as well and I'd be willing to bet they will be asking me for this again very soon.
All I can say is.. “Wow!”. Followed this recipe to a tee for the most part. I didn’t use quite as much of franks hot sauce since I don’t like spicy. This recipe was everything we needed and more! We got tired of eating the same recipes and dishes over and over again. So happy I found this recipe! This ones here to stay! Thanks so much for sharing!!
This makes me so happy! This is why I do what I do. I am so glad you enjoyed it. If it's not too much trouble, could you leave a 5 star review on the recipe card? This helps others know it is a great recipe. Thank you so much!!!
Try bbq sauce instead of hot sauce 🤤
Could this be made in a crock pot?
You could mix all the ingredients in the crock pot and heat until hot, then stir in cooked noodles before serving.
1/3 cup is too much hot sauce!!!! We are trying it again with a few dashes tonight.
I'm sorry you felt like it was too much. What brand of hot sauce did you use? We make it all the time using that amount of Frank's Red Hot Sauce and love it. But I realize that everyone has different tastes. I'm glad you are giving it another chance with less of the sauce.
Use Frank's buffalo sauce. Makes it SO good.
It's too much hot sauce, for YOU. I personally use half a bottle lol
Its literally a third of a cup if anything its not enough I always use extra. Imagine having the taste buds of a child. Git gud
This was so good and super easy to make!!! I cheated and used a rotisserie chicken.
I have made this many times and it's a family favorite. Some people have commented about using bleu cheese dressing. I use the ranch dressing in the pasta and then I like to top it with crumbled bleu cheese and sliced green onion. Delicious!
I am so happy your family is enjoying the pasta. It's a favorite here too. Sounds like you make it the way we do with ranch inside and a few bleu crumbles on top.
Do you think this could be made with rice instead? If so how would you incorporate?
Honestly, I think this would be great with rice too. I just haven't made it this way, so I'm not quite sure how much to tell you. My guess would be to use about 4 cups of COOKED rice. Maybe stir in 3 and see how the consistency is before adding more. Keep me posted on how it turns out for you.
This is my sons favorite meal! We love anything Buffalo chicken. I also use franks and blue cheese dressing instead of ranch. I add some panko mixed with olive oil and parsley sprinkled on top. So yummy!
Can I make this the morning before I cook it for dinner?
Yes, you can prep this recipe ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to cook it. Make sure to remove it from the fridge about 30 minutes earlier, so it can warm up slightly. It also may need a few extra minutes because of being refrigerated. I hope you enjoy it!
What temperature do you recommend baking this dish at?
You can find the full directions and heating temperature in the recipe card that is at the bottom of the post. I always bake this at 375°. I hope you enjoy the pasta.
Would this recipe be good without cream cheese? I have everything except cream cheese.
I have never made it without the cream cheese, so I'm not sure how it would be without it. Sour cream might be a good substitute, if you have that.
I made this and we loved it. I used a whole chicken I had. I seasoned the chicken and put it in the air fryer and then shredded it up and I used lots of hot sauce and ranch dressing. It was awesome.
Made this recipe and it was a hit. But I did add more hot sauce and ranch dressing to make it more creamy and hot. Of course, I had a whole chicken in my freezer so I thawed it out and seasoned it, and cooked it in the air fryer. Loved the recipe.
Instead of using hot sauce, could I use a different sauce to make it more mild? What are your suggestions.
I would just use less of the hot sauce to make it less spicy. You can also use a wing sauce because that is hot sauce mixed with butter, so it isn't as spicy as a reg hot sauce. I hope that helps and you enjoy the pasta.
Use Frank's buffalo sauce instead. I use blue cheese dressing too instead of ranch. It's so delicious!
My cheese on top already melted at 10 min is that normal?
If your pasta mixture was warm when the cheese was put on, the heat from that plus the oven may have melted it sooner. It's ok, just keep it in the oven and watch it. Remove it once it starts to bubble, that way you know it is hot all the way through.
Your instructions are very detailed. I think everyone will follow it very easily. I've been preparing for my family tonight, hoping everyone will enjoy it. Thank you for sharing!
Guys, Thanks For sharing this Great Recipe. My Family Loved it. I am definitely sharing this recipe and this website with my friend. Hope they also love it. Thank you again for sharing such a great recipe.
This is one of my family's FAVORITE, most requested dishes! I cook a bunch of chicken in the instant pot first and use it for recipes throughout the week. It is cheesy, creamy, and delicious, with a great "kick". I also have made one with cauliflower instead of pasta as a "Low Carb Version", and it was just as yummy! Thanks for an awesome recipe!
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