Monday, January 21, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad



I'm going through a bit of a Buffalo Chicken obsession right now.  If it even slightly resembles the flavors of the classic chicken wing, I have to have it, or pin it :)  Who in the world though that chicken, drenched in hot sauce, smothered in blue cheese would be so good?  I don't know, but I sure would like to give whoever it was, one heck of a high five.

I found this wonderful salad on Shelbys page a few months ago and I've been in love ever since.  I've been known to whip up a huge bowl, and enjoy it for lunch every day until it runs out.  And I'm always sad when that day comes.

The flavors of this salad go so perfectly together.  The sauce has a great kick, thanks to the hot sauce and is balanced out with the pungent blue cheese.  It's spicy, but not too spicy for kids.  It's creamy, it's crunchy, and it really hits the spot when you need a savory dish full of flavor.  It's the perfect side dish for pot lucks and picnics, even if they are on your living room floor in front of the TV :).

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
By Grumpy's Honey Bunch

Ingredients

8 oz dried rotini pasta, cooked according to package directions
2 stalks celery, diced
1 green onion, thinly sliced, including green top
1/3 cup roasted red pepper
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed (I used canned chicken once when I was in a hurry, it turned out great)
1/2 cup Mayonnaise (I used low-fat)
2-3 tablespoons Frank's Red Hot Sauce (use according to taste, I like a lot, but if you're feeding a crowd, you may only want to do 2)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 tablespoon roasted red pepper brine (the juice the peppers are in)
2 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Directions

Mix pasta, celery, onion, roasted red pepper and chicken in large mixing bowl.  Set aside.

Mix together Mayonnaise, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper brine and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. 

Toss mayo mixture with pasta mixture and chill.  Enjoy

12 comments:

ARLENE said...

This does sound yummy. I just pinned a buffalo chicken dip this past week. Must be the upcoming Super Bowl!

Val said...

I adore anything buffalo. This would be perfect for a Summer BBQ.

Kim said...

I remember when you pinned this because I pinned it too. Love it! Definitely gonna have to try it. I have a feeling portion control is gonna be a problem...ha ha.

Debbie said...

Love buffalo chicken. This sound sounds like a perfect buffalo chicken salad.

Joanne said...

What a fun pasta salad! I'm thinking it would be perfect for a certain big game that's coming up!

Reeni Pisano said...

I could eat this every day for lunch too! What a great spin on buffalo wings!

Blond Duck said...

My art buddies would love me forever if I made this!

Pam said...

I have a feeling I would absolutely love this pasta salad... YUM!

Mary said...

This really sounds delicious. I'll have to serve it with soup because it is so cold here,but it sounds so good that I don't mind. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I just had some buffalo chicken last night, and wish it was in pasta salad form instead! This sounds delicious.

mybizzykitchen.com said...

I am not a fan of mayo - do you think Greek yogurt could be subbed??

You had me at buffalo chicken!!

Chris said...

Too funny, I just came from A Spicy Perspective and she had a buffalo chicken phyllo cup recipe. Between the two of you, I'm going to HAVE to make something like this now.