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buffalo chicken pasta salad shown served in small green bowls with a drizzle of hot sauce
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Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Buffalo chicken pasta spices up traditional versions of the picnic side dish with the flavor of everyone's favorite appetizer. This kicked up dish can serve as a spicy side dish at your next picnic or barbecue or even as a dinner or lunch all on its own.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 547kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pasta ziti, penne, rigatoni all work
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
  • 3 stalks celery washed & thinly sliced
  • 1/2 bunch green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 8 oz block cheddar cheese cubed
  • 3 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups mayo
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2-4 tbsp hot sauce test sauce & adjust spice level if needed (I used Texas Pete)
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Boil the pasta according to the package directions, in lightly salted water.
  • Once cooked transfer the pasta to a colander to drain, and then run under cold water to stop the pasta from cooking.
  • To a large mixing bowl add the cooked & cooled pasta, chicken, celery, onions & cubed cheese. Toss lightly until combined.
  • In a separate mixing bowl add the mayo, lemon juice, mustard, hot sauce, and honey. Whisk everything together until evenly combined.
  • Taste the dressing, adding more hot sauce if needed.
  • Pour the dressing over the chicken mixture, using a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl so it's all used.
  • Toss everything just until evenly combined.
  • Serve immediately, or cover & refrigerate for 2 hours until chilled. The flavors will deepen as the pasta salad chills, and stir well before serving.

Notes

  • I highly recommend using green onions for a bit of mild onion flavor. If you want more bite, you could add diced red onion.
  • For extra heat, you could also add a a clove or two of pressed garlic.
  • This is the perfect way to use up leftover chicken. Don't have any? Use canned chicken and drain it well first.
  • To add even more classic buffalo flavor, you could add blue cheese crumbles to the salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 762mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg