This one pan Buffalo Chicken Pasta is an easy pasta dinner where everything, including the pasta, cooks in one pot!
Cooking everything in one pot makes prep and clean up easy. This pasta dinner recipe comes together easily with a few ingredients you probably already have in your fridge and pantry. It tastes just like buffalo wings in pasta form.
If you love the taste of buffalo sauce, try these buffalo cauliflower bites!
- Pasta – Penne pasta is preferred for this recipe, but you can use a similar type of noodle such as ziti or rigatoni.
- Chicken – Chopped chicken breast is preferred, but you could also use chopped boneless chicken thighs.
- Chicken Broth – You can use vegetable broth instead.
- Blue Cheese Dressing – You can use ranch dressing if desired.
- Blue Cheese – You can omit the blue cheese crumbles, if desired.
- Cream Cheese – This gives it the creamy texture.
- Buffalo Sauce – Choose your favorite buffalo wing sauce.
- Onion – A sweet or yellow onion works best.
Tips for Cooking the Pasta
- Use a 12″ skillet or sauté pan. A classic stainless steel sauté pan is our favorite reasonably priced pan.
- The chicken does not need to be cooked through completely. It just needs to be brown on all sides. It will finish cooking while the pasta is cooking.
- Do not omit the broth or liquid as that helps to cook the pasta.
- Be sure to cover the pan so that the pasta cooks completely. You can stir once while simmering, but immediately recover.
- You can use another type of similar noodle. Rigatoni, fusilli or ziti noodles work well too. If you use a completely different type of noodle, you may need to adjust the cook time.
TIME SAVING TIP: Save time and chop the chicken and yellow onion in advance.
One pasta pasta dinners our always on our dinner menu rotation. They are easy and delicious.
Other Easy One Pot Pasta Dinners
- Cajun Chicken Pasta
- Lemon Chicken Orzo
- Chicken and Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo
- Jalapeño Popper Chicken Pasta
Enjoy this buffalo chicken pasta for dinner any day of the week. This is also a great meal to bring new parents or someone who needs a little comfort food.
Try it and let us know what you think!
One Pan Buffalo Chicken Pasta
- 1 pound chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 cup blue cheese dressing
- diced green onions, for topping
- blue cheese crumbles, for topping
- Season chicken with salt and pepper; set aside.
- In a 12" pan or skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and stir until soft, about 3 minutes. Add chicken to pan and cook until brown on both sides. Stir in garlic and cook an additional minute.
- Add uncooked pasta, chicken broth, and buffalo sauce to pan. Stir then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 22 minutes.
- Remove from heat, stir in cream cheese and blue cheese dressing. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
- Top with green onions and blue cheese crumbles, if desired. Serve immediately.
- Pasta – Penne works best, but you can use rigatoni, ziti or fusilli instead.
- Broth – Chicken or vegetable broth works great.
- Cream cheese – Use full fat or light cream cheese.
- Blue cheese dressing – You can substitute for ranch dressing if you don’t like blue cheese.
- This recipe tastes great as leftovers. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Very yummy! I think next time though I’ll use shredded chicken (just personal texture preference) and add it at the end with buffalo sauce. I didn’t love how it tasted cooked into the pasta. But still definitely a keeper!
Thanks so much for your feedback! I’m glad you loved it. You can definitely add shredded chicken, if desired.
My 12 year-old daughter loves Buffalo wings, Buffalo dip and now this pasta. I used whole wheat pasta, ranch instead of blue cheese and a little fine shredded Mexican cheese. She told me that it taste like Buffalo Mac n cheese. This will be a new family favorite. Waiting to see when my husband eats it at work later if he will complain it was too hot.
I’m glad you enjoyed. Thank you so much for your feedback!
My husband LOVED this! Thank you so much for a great recipe!
I love different pasta recipes! And this one looks like a good one!
I needed this recipe in my life! So awesome – thank you!!!
Made this for dinner tonight! We substituted vegan chik’n and tofu cream cheese and vegan blue cheese dressing. It came out great! Lovely post, thanks for the delicious dinner!