The BEST Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad recipe! EASY homemade pasta salad to make with a quick vinaigrette, chicken, blue cheese, hot sauce, and veggies!
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BEST Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad recipe with an easy buffalo vinaigrette type dressing (no mayo or heavy dressings), chicken, veggies, and blue cheese. As you may already know I love buffalo chicken recipes and all other buffalo type recipes. This easy Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad is one of my faves!
When I asked my Snappy Gourmet friends on Facebook earlier this summer for recipes they’d like to see, someone suggested an easy Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad recipe so here you go.
Unfortunately, we’ve been traveling a lot this summer so my cooking has been minimal (how many days until school starts up again??). I finally got around to this buffalo chicken pasta recipe this week!
This Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad has a light taste and would be great as a side dish or main dish. Perfect for dinner, tailgating, or a picnic and it’s great HOT or COLD. It would be great with shrimp, or skip the meat all together for a vegetarian dish. Use your favorite pasta shape and veggies and make it all your own!
I love Buffalo just about anything as I mentioned! There are so many different kinds of hot sauces and many of them are great for different dishes. For “Buffalo” dishes, I like to use Frank’s Hot Sauce. It’s widely available and adds a real buffalo type flavor without being overly spicy.
Instead of covering this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad with a heavy blue cheese dressing, I decided to make more of a vinaigrette dressing and add crumbled blue cheese to the salad. Adding a little Ranch flavored seasoning would also be a good addition to the dressing.
This Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad recipe turned out way better than I thought and definitely a keeper. Hope you enjoy!
The only time consuming part of this recipe is cutting up the veggies. I like to peel the outside of the celery so that it’s not so stringy. A little tip I learned years ago.
You can use any precooked chicken, but I like to use leftover precooked boneless chicken breasts. You could chop up a rotisserie chicken, substitute precooked shrimp (peeled and deveined), or leave the meat out all together.
I would say the dressing is mild to moderately spiciness. If you want it spicier use less olive oil, and more hot sauce.
Mix the pasta, veggies, cheese, and dressing all together. You can serve it right away, or refrigerate until ready to serve. If the pasta salad dries up a little after being in the refrigerator add a little more hot sauce and/or olive oil.
This Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad is perfect for a picnic, tailgating, or potluck! Mmmmm….
Here’s a quick video so you can see all the steps:
Would love to hear about your favorite pasta salads!
Hope you enjoy this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad!
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
- 8 ounces 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 chopped
- 1 1/2 cups crumbled blue cheese
- 1 cup carrots chopped
- 1 cup celery chopped
- Cook pasta according to package directions to al dente. Drain and rinse thoroughly with cold water.
- Meanwhile, whisk together hot sauce, oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, and celery salt in small bowl until well combined.
- Place pasta in large mixing bowl. Stir in chicken, blue cheese, carrots, and celery. Slowly mix in dressing until desired amount.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
SNAPPY TIPS: You can serve this as a side dish or main dish and can be served hot or cold. It would even be great for a tailgating or picnic potluck! It’s mild to moderately spicy. 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.
SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: Use any shape pasta you’d like. Instead of chicken, you could use precooked small shrimp (peeled and deveined) or leave out the meat all together for a vegetarian option. A little ranch flavored seasoning mix would also be good in the dressing. Red onions and/or scallions would also be a good addition.
Other Buffalo type recipes you may enjoy:
- Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Mushrooms – Snappy Gourmet
- Buffalo Pretzels – Snappy Gourmet
- Buffalo Chicken Soup – Foods Of Our Lives
- Buffalo Chicken Pizza – Kitchen Swagger
(This post was updated April 2017 with a few new pictures but same recipe)