Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

My mother is very thoughtful. My husband mentioned to her that he liked beef jerky when we were first married and every since then when we see her she has bags of beef jerky for him. She also knows I love See’s chocolates and always has a box in our room by our bed when we come to visit.

My husband always jokes that we should tell her we really like money.
I must have some of my mother’s genes because when John told me he loved Frank’s Buffalo Sauce, I searched out every recipe I could find that had it in it. But somewhere in between this Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese and making this Buffalo Chicken Dip after every single football game last year, I burned him out on good ol’ Frank’s Buffalo Sauce.
So I backed off for a while.
But now it’s time. Time to welcome Frank back into our culinary lives. I made this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad that I had pinned on Pininterest while my husband was at a work dinner and enjoyed some for dinner by myself. It came together really fast because I used a rotisserie chicken and my food chopper to quickly chop up the veggies. The next day he told me he heated up two plates for lunch and really liked it.
Heated it up? It’s a pasta salad…you’re supposed to eat it cold.” I said.

Nope. It’s good hot.”

So this pasta salad would be a great cold side for tailgating or football parties…or as a warm scrumptious dinner. And I have to agree…it is really good warmed up.

And FYI mom, I will never, EVER get burnt out on See’s chocolates.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces small uncooked pasta (such as mezze penne)
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 cups precooked chicken or rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • (optional) 1/2 cup red onion, chopped

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions to al dente in adequately salted water. Drain and rinse thoroughly with cold water (If serving hot don't use cold water).
  2. While pasta is cooking, whisk together hot sauce, oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, and celery salt in small bowl until well combined.
  3. Place the pasta in large mixing bowl. Stir in chicken, blue cheese, carrots, celery, and onion (optional). Slowly mix in desired amount of dressing. You may not want to use all of the dressing.
  4. Can be served cold or hot. If serving cold, refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 6-8 Servings.

Notes

If you would like it to be spicier, use more hot sauce and less olive oil. If the pasta salad seems dry after being in the refrigerator, add a little olive oil or hot sauce.

Source: Snappy Gourmet

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  1. A perfect recipe to kick of the fall festivities! Football time, here I come!!

  2. I love buffalo chicken, I’ll have to try this, it sounds great!

    http://chicgeekery.blogspot.com/

  3. I am a buffalo chicken lover – and this is one I definitely need to try!! (gotta love Pinterest!!)

  4. I love Frank. I used to pour him on everything, but now I’ve discovered Cholula and I use that on most things. Frank is still the man for buffalo chicken though! :)

  5. We love buffalo chicken too! I have a long list of buffalo chicken inspired recipes that I want to make and this is getting added to that list.

  6. I can’t wait to make this. My husband, also a Buffalo sauce lover (aren’t all men?), likes the one he buys at Safeway and I’ve been searching for one I can make at home this weekend for Sunday football.

    This is the one!

    http://www.colleenandkeith.blogspot.com

  7. My hubs will love this one!

  8. Such a great recipe for football season!! We love frank’s too in this house – love the little chopped celery and carrots in here, too!

  9. Oh that looks and sounds wonderful!

  10. My hubby isn’t a buffalo sauce fan like I am. This made my mouth water! Can’t wait to try this, it sounds delicious. :)

  11. Made it for dinner tonight. Yummy yummy yummy!!!!

  12. I LOVE See’s chocolate!!!! Here is South Carolina we don’t have any stores–so as soon as the weather gets remotely cool–my mom starts mailing me boxes. She sends it for the family, but I’m the one who truly enjoys it, so I save it for me. I mean really why share with my kids when they are happy with a reese’s pb cup. Will have to try the pasta salad.

  13. Ooh sounds good!

  14. We are Freaky for Frank’s in this house!!! Thanks for sharing….

    I’m glad I (stumbled) onto ur blog from blog hopping…we find the greatest gems that way huh!!

  15. Yum, yum, yum! Thanks for sharing!

    I also wanted to let you know I nominated you for the versatile blogger award, if you’re interested!

    http://www.chichistudio.com/blog/2011/9/10/versatile-blogger-award.html

  16. We are Frank’s addicts too! I posted a Winger’s Sticky Fingers Salad using Frank’s sauce. I am going to have to try this one. Are you from Utah?

  17. OMG this sounds delicious! I would totally heat it up too. Love Frank’s Buffalo sauce – and pasta! – so this is perfect :)

  18. Yum!! I’ll have to see if the hubby’s wimpy palate will allow me to make something like this or if I can take a serving for myself and then send the rest to work for a potluck! You didn’t need to know all of that but I was thinking (typing) out loud. :)

  19. @Jacqueline, I’m not from Utah but went to byu. I’m from az but now live in Florida!

  20. Last night I made Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Potatoes and wanted to share the recipe with you since you also love Franks Red Hot.

    http://punkaroonie.blogspot.com/2011/09/buffalo-chicken-stuffed-potatoes.html

    They were super easy and would be perfect at any football party.

    Lynn

  21. Lynn,
    Thanks for sharing! I will go check them out now. Sounds amazing though!

  22. Just made this for memorial day party and LOVED IT! Can’t thank you enough!

  23. This looks awesome. I will be trying it this weekend! Love your site. I tell everyone I know about it!

  24. Excellent points altogether, you just gained a new reader. What may you recommend in regards to your put up that you made some days ago? Any positive?

  25. Just made this and am going to have it for lunch tomorrow, can’t wait! I kept eating it as I was mixing everything up so I already know it’s good :-)

  26. Thank you – sounds really nice.

  27. I’ve made this before as a hot dinner for at home, but I made it as a cold side for a potluck today. Delicious both ways! Love this, so flavorful and easy.