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Buffalo chicken pasta bake

August 30, 2015

I love this pasta bake, it is a family favorite in my house, and you all know I am aย huge buffalo chicken fan. This spicy pasta bake is a simple dish the whole family can enjoy, with just a few ingredients and all for only 6 smart points per serving based on the new freestyle weight watcher program. Makes 6 servings in a 9×13 casserole dish, each serving is about 1 heaping cup.

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5.0 from 6 reviews
Buffalo chicken pasta bake
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Recipe type: Main meals
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Serves: 6
 
6 SP Freestyle/7PP per serving, 8SP (old program)
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole wheat high fiber pasta, I measure uncooked. (I use a Canadian product called PC blue menu penne, 2 cups uncooked pasta is 15pp based on my labels)
  • 10 oz (about 2 cups) cooked shredded chicken
  • 6 oz softened light cream cheese
  • ¼ cup light ranch dressing
  • ½ cup franks hot sauce
  • ⅔ cup reduced fat shredded cheese
Instructions
  1. Boil your pasta according to package, drain. Preheat oven to 350F and spray a 9x13 casserole dish.
  2. In a large bowl add your pasta and chicken. In a small bowl cream together your cream cheese, dressing and hot sauce.
  3. Add mixture to your chicken and pasta and add ⅓ cup shredded cheese, leaving the other ⅓ cup aside.
  4. Mix well and pour into your casserole dish, pat down. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Add remaining cheese and bake another 5 minutes.
  5. Cut into 6 servings, 6 smart points or 7 points plus (old ww program) * smart points were determined using the freestyle WW recipe builder
  6. Nutritional info (adapted from my fitness pal) Per serving.. Calories 268... Fat 10.3g.. saturated fat 4.6g... Carbohydrates 20.4g... Fiber 2.1g... Sugars 3.3g... Protein 20.6g

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53 Comments

  • Reply Jen September 5, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    This sounds awesome!!! Can you tell me the caloric content for 1 cup?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle September 7, 2015 at 5:00 am

      Sorry, I haven’t gotten to counting calories etc for main meals, just trying my baking recipes to start.. its a lot of work figuring it all out, and since I offer WW recipes I focus on the points..

  • Reply wendi September 8, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Do you know what the old point value is? Cal/fat/fib? Love your site! Thank you!

  • Reply gina January 25, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I really want to make this, but I can’t eat ranch dressing? Any substitute suggestions? Would greek yogurt be a terrible idea?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 25, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      What about another cream type dressing, blue cheese or even ceasar? Yogurt might work..

  • Reply BethWann1213 February 22, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    I made this last night…it was so delicious!!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 23, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Yay.. Glad you enjoyed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Amy February 25, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Can I use canned, drained chicken breast for this?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 25, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Yeah I think that would be ok, I just never buy canned chicken, but I don’t see it making any point difference..

  • Reply Amy February 26, 2016 at 12:13 am

    I just made it with canned chicken breast and it came out sooooo good!! I love it

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 26, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Awesome, glad you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Debbie Kaplan February 26, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Just had this for dinner!!!! Amazing!!!! Can’t wait to have it again tomorrow!!!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 26, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Happy to hear you enjoyed it Debbie ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Terry D March 12, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    This casserole is addicting! So good!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle March 13, 2016 at 12:01 am

      So glad you enjoy it Terri ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Christa March 31, 2016 at 7:34 am

    This is really good. I did change it up just a bit. I heated the cream cheese up on the stove and added 1/2 cup of chicken broth to that then added everything else per the recipe. It’s really good. This is the second time I’ve made it in the last couple of weeks.

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle April 1, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      Yay, so glad you have enjoyed it, and made it your own.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Taryn April 13, 2016 at 11:31 am

    How do you normally make your shredded chicken for recipes?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle April 14, 2016 at 11:51 am

      Hi, I cook mine in the crock pot, little broth on high about 3 hours depending how much chicken you put in (use boneless skinless) then shred it up like you would pulled pork, works great ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Brian Joseph May 17, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    I cant wait to try this tonight for my family.

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle May 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Hope you all enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Carter July 9, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    This was delicious quick and easy to make

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle July 10, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Jasmine July 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    I’m making this again today, it would be the 3rd time in the last few months. This gives you the buffalo taste you love without the guilt! I cook my chicken in the crockpot and shred it after work because most of the time it’s still frozen. This recipe is one of my top fives with Drizzle.

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle July 22, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      I am so happy to hear you love it!! It is one of my favs too and I cook my chicken the same way ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend..

  • Reply Kerri August 21, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Have you tried it with fat free cream cheese to lighten the points a bit more?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle August 22, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      No, but I am sure it would be fine, but ff cream cheese won’t lower the over all points too much

  • Reply Melissa September 1, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    My family and I love this dish! It is the first buffalo dish I can get any of them to eat, let alone LOVE! Thank you!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle September 2, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      That’s so awesome to hear Melissa ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad your all enjoying it!

  • Reply Kay Rogers September 4, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    The good news is that my husband said this was too hot for his taste so I get it all to myself! Yay, I love it. Thanks for the awesome, easy recipe!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle September 4, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Ha! Well sorry your husband did’nt like it but yay for you ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply Margaret September 17, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Can this be made ahead and frozen?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle September 17, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      I don’t see why not, should be fine ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lori October 2, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Made this tonight. Delicious! I will say I added some tri color pepper strips and frozen riced cauliflower to veg it up a little. I’ve enjoyed every recipe I’ve tried from this site and from the app, so thanks for all the great recipes!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle October 3, 2016 at 7:23 am

      Hi Lori, so happy to hear you enjoyed the pasta bake and all the other recipes you have tried, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Monet October 11, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Do you know the Sodium Mgs? Is this recipe in the MFP database, for easier logging?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle October 11, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      Hi there, I am not too sure how recipes go into the MFP database, I just use it on my App to figure out nutri info, sodium is 946.6mg per serving

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  • Reply brittany January 2, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I love this recipe and make it all the time. Has anyone ever tried freezing it either unbaked or afterwards?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 7, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Glad you enjoy it and yes it will freeze just fine ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lisa January 15, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Can you make this ahead of time and bake the next day?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 15, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Hi, yes I think that will work out fine ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply MB February 28, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    AMAZING is all I can say I made this for my two boys 15 and 18 not only did I get just a small scoop for myself they ate the entire thing.

    They have been begging me to make it again ever so I’m making a double batch tonight !!!
    Thank You ????

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle March 2, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      That is great!! I love that they love it but I am glad you will be able to have a little more this time ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Juliene April 18, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I made this last night and it was DELICIOUS!!
    my recipe turned out at 11 smart points/serving because of my pasta. I measured out 2 cups of pasta (comparable in points to your pc blue menu). The 2 cups weighed 311grams which meant 32 smart points…..will have to be careful next time and add pasta according to points you mentioned.
    I have downloaded your app because I felt bad just making your recipes without any financial contributions and I quite like it: I do have a comment/suggestion/request. If you could include a shopping list option, like mealime and other such apps, it would make it FANTASTIC.

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle April 19, 2017 at 10:59 am

      So glad you enjoyed the pasta dish and thank you for purchasing the App, I greatly appreciate the support ๐Ÿ™‚ I have considered the shopping list and it’s something I might work towards, it’s just a little tricky to add to the App

  • Reply Cathy April 26, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Loved this!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle April 28, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Yay! Glad you enjoyed it Cathy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Dee July 11, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I love this recipe.
    Can you make this is a slow cooker?
    If so can you share the details please.

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle July 13, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      This particular recipe I did not make in the crock pot but I do have a old one on there that I made in the crock pot, use my search bar at the top right and search “buffalo chicken” it should come up

  • Reply susan August 8, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Making it right now and it seems so good.
    I saw a buffalo chicken pasta bake on facebook looked good but so many calories.
    Love the healthier version option.
    I will follow you!
    Thank you!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle August 13, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Hope you enjoyed it Susan ๐Ÿ™‚ sorry for late reply I have been on holidays

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