Buffalo Chicken Bake

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Ever wanted to enjoy some spicy Buffalo Wings with bleu cheese and all – without getting your hands dirty? Well problem solved! Buffalo Chicken Bake gives you all the flavors of Buffalo sauce, the creamy bleu cheese sauce all over chicken and pasta – oh and did I mention BACON! This is a kicked up casserole that will make a Monday night meal all the extra it needs!

I prefer Frank’s Buffalo Sauce for my wings, so that’s what I used for this casserole. If you have a favorite buffalo sauce, use that. Just be sure it’s buffalo and not just “hot sauce”. Buffalo sauce has the extra vinegar to give it the “tang” we associate with Hot Wings! You will want to adjust the amount of sauce you add to adjust the heat level. When you bake the sauce along with the cheeses, you lose some of the heat and heighten the flavor. I would suggest starting with the amount in the recipe and add more after. As they say – you can always add more, but you can’t take it away.

Buffalo Chicken Bake

By combining the bleu cheese and cream cheese you get a creamy sauce to hold it all together. If you usually eat your wings with Ranch dressing instead of bleu cheese – you can swap out the cream cheese/bleu cheese combo for your favorite ranch dressing. I would suggest about 1 cup of dressing to start, maybe a bit more to drizzle over the top.

Buffalo Chicken Bake

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Buffalo Chicken Bake

The spicy tang of hot sauce and bleu cheese with chicken and pasta
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bleu cheese, casseroles, Chicken, hot sauce, Pasta, pasta dishes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • lb Short Pasta rotini, penne, rigatoni, etc.
  • lb Chicken Thigh boneless, skinless
  • 1 qt Chicken Broth
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • ½ lb Bacon cut into ½-inch pieces
  • cup Bleu Cheese crumbles, divided
  • 1 cup Buffalo Sauce like Frank's, divided
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese cut into 1-inch cubes
  • cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Chives chopped

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Preheat oven to 400deg. Begin water boiling for pasta.
  • Add chicken, garlic and chicken broth to sauce pan over medium heat. Cook for 10 minutes then remove chicken, reserving 1 cup of liquid. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  • In a frying pan over medium-high heat, add bacon. Cook until crispy then remove to paper towel covered plate.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook for half the time listed on the package. Drain in colander and transfer to13x9 baking dish.
  • Add chicken, cream cheese, reserved chicken broth, half of cheddar cheese, 1 cup of bleu cheese, and 3/4 cup of hot sauce to pasta and stir to combine. Sprinkle with bacon, chives, and remaining bleu cheese, cheddar cheese, and hot sauce. Place in oven for 30 minutes.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

4 thoughts on “Buffalo Chicken Bake

  1. Delicious!! Thank you for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life’s brand new party – Share the Wealth!! I hope your weekend is fabulous!!

  2. Michele Morin – Warren, Maine – Michele Morin is a teacher, blogger, reader, and gardener who finds joy in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for thirty years, and together they have four sons, two daughters-in-love, three grandchildren, and one lazy St. Bernard. Michele loves hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop her in her tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. She laments biblical illiteracy and advocates for the prudent use of “little minutes.” She blogs at Living Our Days, and you can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.
    Michele Morin says:

    Sounds like a great dish!

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