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Baked Buffalo Chicken Pasta...



I don't think I've ever had a buffalo chicken wing {i honestly don't even know if that's what their actually called...}. I do however, love all things spicy, especially hot sauce. {in all honesty, i love all things bleu cheese as well, but that's a bit more fattening to admit...}

When i was up at the Horse and Plow in Kohler for a friend's wedding recently, I had a buffalo chicken salad that was so amazingly savory... my mouth is literally watering right now thinking about it. It got me thinking... since I never thought to put it on a salad, what else would bleu cheese and hot sauce taste good with?

{pasta}





Baked Buffalo Chicken Pasta
serves 4-6

  • 1 pound pasta (I used whole wheat orecchiette)
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 ounces grated Monterrey jack cheese (I used half a brick) + more for topping
  • 1/3 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese + more for topping
  • 1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
for garnish: 3/4 cup chopped green onions, 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, 1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese, additional buffalo wing sauce

Preparation
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Prepare water for pasta and cook according to directions.
  • While pasta is cooking, heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter, and once it’s melted and bubbly add the flour. Whisk together to create a roux and cook for 1-2 minutes until mixture gets a bit golden in color. Add milk, stir and turn down heat to low. Continue stirring until milk thickens. Add in grated cheeses and continue to stir until mixture is smooth. Stir in buffalo wing sauce. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Spray a baking dish (9 x 13 is fine, I used a round 4-inch deep dish) with non-stick spray. Add pasta and chicken, then pour cheese sauce over and mix thoroughly until everything is coated. Sprinkle with additional grated cheese and bread crumbs. Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately top with Gorgonzola, green onions and cilantro. Drizzle with buffalo wing sauce.
{recipe/photo courtesy of how sweet it is...}

enjoy...

3 comments:

Melissa Blake said...

you really should try buffalo wings. they're delicious!! this looks amazing as well!

meesch said...

@melissa - I think the idea of having to work so hard to eat a chicken wing {and then clean yourself up afterwards haha} is what isn't appealing to me!

lamina said...

it looks amazing :)

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