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.
During the summer I consume my fair share of pasta salad. Whether I’m making one for a quick, no-hassle lunch or serving it alongside grilled chicken and corn on the cob for dinner on the patio, pasta salad seems to make it’s way to my table over and over again throughout the season.
Pasta salad is an easily customizable dish that works well served alongside just about anything. The hard part isn’t deciding to make it, but rather which version. Are you in the mood for a classic recipe covered in a mayo-based dressing? What about a crowd pleasing buffalo chicken pasta salad? Maybe the family wants to incorporate some Mexican flavors like black beans, salsa, and lots of fresh cilantro. Pasta is a blank canvas and the flavour combinations are truly endless.
This tortellini pasta salad is one of my favourites and it’s full of Italian flavours. Mix cheesy tortellini (the only thing better than pasta is pasta filled with cheese) with artichokes, olives, tomatoes, salami (like Genoa), and red onion then dress with a simple homemade Italian dressing. You can whip one up in no time using your Hamilton Beach® Single-Serve Blender. Chill for a few hours (or even overnight) in the refrigerator and let all of those Italian flavours marry before serving.
Top this hearty pasta salad with a little extra parmesan and some fresh-from-the-garden basil for a tasty summer side. And the best part about pasta salad? If you’re lucky enough to have some leftover, it’s even better the next day. Put leftovers in the kid’s lunches or munch on it at work for an Italian lunch that isn’t pizza (for once).