The big game marks the end of football season – one last hurrah. And what better excuse to pull out all the stops at your watch party? If you’re already brainstorming gameday goodies, put this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad on the menu. It’s a guaranteed W.
This recipe is everything you love about Buffalo wings – plus pasta. Sign. Me. Up.
In a large bowl, stir together mayonnaise, hot pepper sauce (we used Frank’s Red Hot for that authentic Buffalo wing flavor), white vinegar, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
Add shredded chicken, pasta (we used bowtie), celery, blue cheese (plenty of it), and green onion to the mayonnaise mixture. We used a rotisserie chicken to save on time, but you could use leftover slow cooker shredded chicken or canned if you have it in the pantry.
Toss it all together until the pasta and chicken are fully coated with the spicy, creamy sauce.
The blue cheese is the perfect complement to the heat in the sauce, while the celery adds texture – a nice crunch – to the pasta salad. It’s bright, it’s flavourful, it’s perfect for feeding a crowd.
Serve it chilled alongside Buffalo wings and Buffalo chicken dip for an all-Buffalo-everything watch party or put it in your back pocket and make it for the first backyard BBQ of the summer. No matter the season, this Buffalo chicken pasta salad is sure to put you on the winning (menu-planning) team.