This buffalo chicken pasta is incredibly creamy, hearty and a little spicy! This quick and easy recipe takes only 25 minutes to make. It is easy enough for a busy weeknight. This family friendly dinner is loved by both kids and adults!

Buffalo chicken pasta in bowl

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This buffalo chicken pasta is so creamy!
  • The sauce is creamy, spicy and so flavorful.
  • This comfort food recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make.
  • It is made with pantry staples.
  • This is a great way to use up leftover chicken. Check out this Dutch Oven Roasted Chicken for how to make juicy chicken.
  • Feel free to use any pasta you want.
  • Both kids and adults love this recipe.
  • With gluten free pasta, this recipe is gluten free.
  • Check out these Buffalo Chicken Thighs for another great dinner!

Ingredients & Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for buffalo chicken pasta. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

Any type of pasta works! For this recipe, I used gluten free penne pasta. For a lower carb version, use spaghetti squash, hearts of palm pasta or cooked cauliflower.

The cream cheese adds all the creaminess! Both regular and dairy free cream cheese work well. For dairy free, Kite Hill is a great brand.

The hot sauce packs all the heat. Frank’s Red Hot is a great option. Feel free to adjust amounts to decrease or increase heat level.

Chicken broth helps smooth out the sauce while adding some flavor and protein. Feel free to substitute cream or milk for an even creamier sauce.

Minced garlic adds a great garlicky flavor. Fresh is best. If needed, substitute garlic powder.

Both sea salt and pepper add a subtle taste.

Use cooked, shredded chicken. Leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken may be used. Cooked ground chicken is another great option too.

Lastly, freshly parsley adds a touch of freshness, color and flavor. Substitute dried parsley if that is all you have.

Penne pasta and other ingredients

Taste & Texture

This buffalo chicken pasta tastes very similar to buffalo chicken dip. It is a little spicy, hearty, and savory.

The texture is so creamy and smooth!

How to Make

Step 1

First, cook penne pasta according to package directions. Once cooked, drain pasta and set aside.

Cooked penne pasta in pot

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, add cream cheese, hot sauce and chicken broth. Cook until smooth and creamy, stirring occasionally.

Step 3

Then, add in minced garlic, sea salt, pepper and shredded chicken. Stir to combine. Then, cook for 2 minutes on low heat.

Step 4

Add in cooked pasta. Stir to combine. Cook for 3 minutes on low heat. Garnish with parsley if desired.

Buffalo chicken pasta sauce in skillet

Step 5

Finally, remove from heat.

Expert Tips & Tricks

Cook pasta according to package directions. Then, drain and set aside.

Any type of chicken works! This is a great way to use up leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken.

Make sure chicken is shredded or cut up into bite sized pieces.

For less spicy, use slightly less hot sauce. This recipe is medium spicy.

Feel free to stir in some shredded cheese for a more cheesy flavor.

Spicy Level

This buffalo chicken pasta is medium spicy. It is not mild, but it is not burning hot either.

For a more spicy flavor, add more hot sauce.

For less spicy, use less hot sauce. In addition, feel free to add in some Ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing to the sauce.

These dressings are also great drizzled on top after cooking.

Stir in some shredded cheese to the sauce while cooking. Or, top with shredded cheese as a garnish. The cheese helps cut some of the spicy flavor.

Pasta with spicy chicken

Flavor Variations & Add Ins

Consider these add ins to the buffalo chicken pasta.

Add in shredded cheese

Top with chopped green onions

Crumble blue cheese on top

Use spaghetti squash

Use another type of pasta

Replace shredded chicken with ground chicken

How to Serve & Store

Serve buffalo chicken pasta hot and fresh!

This pasta dish pairs well with a side salad. In addition, serve alongside a slice of garlic bread.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

To reheat, add buffalo chicken pasta to a microwave safe dish. Drizzle a little water on top. Then microwave in 30 second increments until warmed through. Stir between each increment.

I do not recommend freezing leftovers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good side with buffalo chicken?

Buffalo chicken is spicy and flavorful. It pairs well with more subtle tasting side dishes. Salads are great with buffalo chicken.

What goes well with buffalo wing sauce?

Buffalo wing sauce and chicken go well together. In addition, pasta goes well with the sauce. Chopped veggies like carrots and celery go well with buffalo wing sauce.

How do I reheat?

To reheat, add leftovers to a microwave safe dish. Add a little water on top and microwave. Microwave in 30 second increments, stopping to stir gently between each.

Can I make this recipe Keto?

Sure! Use cooked cauliflower instead of pasta. Alternatively, use hearts of palm pasta or some spaghetti squash.

Can I use other noodles?

Yes. Any type of noodle works well here. Even spaghetti squash and hearts of palm pasta work well.

Garlic bread with buffalo pasta

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Buffalo chicken pasta in bowl

Get the Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Pasta

This buffalo chicken pasta is creamy, spicy and so flavorful. This quick and easy dinner is great for the whole family. Both kids and adults love it!
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces penne, gluten free or regular
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, regular or dairy free
  • cup hot sauce
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 pound cooked shredded chicken
  • fresh parsley, optional

Instructions 

  • First, cook penne pasta according to package directions. Once cooked, drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, add cream cheese, hot sauce and chicken broth. Cook until smooth and creamy, stirring occasionally.
  • Then, add in minced garlic, sea salt, pepper and shredded chicken. Stir to combine. Cook for 2 minutes on low heat.
  • Add in cooked pasta. Stir to combine. Cook for 3 minutes on low heat. Garnish with parsley if desired.
  • Finally, remove from heat.

Notes

  • Any type of pasta works well!  I used gluten free penne pasta.
  • Both dairy free and regular cream cheese can be used.
  • Shredded chicken, leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken work well.  Just be sure to cut up into bite sized pieces.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • This recipe makes 4 large servings or 6 regular servings.
Calories: 403kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 95mg, Sodium: 736mg, Potassium: 335mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 561IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 2mg

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