A few weeks ago, I went to a mom’s night out event where we learned how to paint cherry blossom trees. Mine ended up looking vaguely like a giant nipple tree, but it was a great time and people brought some really, really good food, including my new favorite dinner- Buffalo chicken pasta. We asked the person who brought that to send along the recipe and I’ve literally made it twice in 2 weeks- that’s how good it is. The first time I followed the recipe pretty much to the letter, but as I was cooking, I thought, I could really make this a lot easier if I was just a little lazier.
And voila, Lazy Buffalo Chicken Pasta. The original recipe is also excellent, but this one takes literally no longer to make than it does to cook the pasta. I didn’t do any prep, I did the very little cutting/shredding while the pasta water boiled. Tonight I also emptied the dishwasher and packed Eli’s lunch while the pasta was cooking and still finished it in under 15 minutes. That’s how easy it is. And it feeds like 5-6 easily.
So, here we go.
Lazy Buffalo Chicken Pasta
1 pound of penne pasta (I’ll bet any variety of pasta will work)
The breast meat from a rotisserie chicken, shredded/chunked
1/2 cup Buffalo sauce (Frank’s is the best)
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/2 cup sour cream (I used light without any ill effect)
2-3 green onions
Blue cheese crumbles (optional)
1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
2. While pasta is cooking, shred chicken and cut onions. When there are 6ish minutes remaining on the pasta, heat a large saute pan over medium heat.
3. Add chicken, Buffalo sauce, ranch dressing and sour cream. Mix well and bring to a boil.
4. Add drained pasta and green onions and mix well. Remove from heat.
5. Spoon pasta into individual bowls, sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles (if desired) and serve.
I will say that the spice level is pretty high and we didn’t even offer it to Eli because it was spicy for us as adults. I’m sure you could play with the amount of Buffalo sauce vs. ranch and get it a little more mild, but we usually just opt to give Eli pasta with marinara and save the Buffalo goodness for ourselves.
This is a recipe very worth trying. And then making again the next week and the next week and the next week.