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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 aΒ 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.







5.0 from 6 reviews
Buffalo chicken pasta bake
Recipe type: Main meals
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Serves: 6
6 SP on blue 4SP purple, 8SP on green, 7PP per serving
  • 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
  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 blue, 4SP purple, 8SP green, 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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    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..

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    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!

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    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..

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      Reply Holly A Adamson January 17, 2018 at 4:59 pm

      What about Greek yogurt mixed with dry ranch season

      • Drizzle
        Reply Drizzle January 18, 2018 at 11:13 pm

        Sure πŸ™‚

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        Reply Krista March 1, 2018 at 1:43 pm

        I do this cause it’s now free on the program. I think it’s tastes just fine. Texture too!

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    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! πŸ™‚

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    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..

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    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 πŸ™‚

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    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 πŸ™‚

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    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 πŸ™‚

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      Reply Mandi December 8, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      Any idea if I could make this and freeze to cook for a later date?

      • Drizzle
        Reply Drizzle December 14, 2019 at 1:08 pm

        Yes I think it will freeze well

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    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.. πŸ™‚

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    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 πŸ™‚

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      Reply Kim Harner March 1, 2018 at 3:15 pm

      I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Sauteed 2 minutes per side w/salt and pepper in my Instant Pot, added the water, and cooked for 8 minutes. AMAZING!

      • Drizzle
        Reply Drizzle March 2, 2018 at 12:20 pm

        Awesome, thanks for the tip with the instapot (I don’t have one… yet)

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    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 πŸ™‚

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    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 πŸ™‚

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    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 πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend..

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    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

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    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 πŸ™‚ Glad your all enjoying it!

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    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 πŸ™‚ So glad you enjoyed it!

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    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 πŸ™‚

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    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!

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      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 πŸ™‚

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    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 πŸ™‚

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    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 πŸ™‚

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    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 πŸ˜‰

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    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.

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      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 πŸ™‚ 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

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    Reply Cathy April 26, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Loved this!

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      Reply Drizzle April 28, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Yay! Glad you enjoyed it Cathy πŸ™‚

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    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

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    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 πŸ™‚ sorry for late reply I have been on holidays

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      Reply Erika Gerace November 17, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      Made this today and love it!! I am really enjoying your recipes.

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        Reply Drizzle November 21, 2019 at 10:41 am

        So happy to hear that πŸ™‚ I hope you continue to enjoy them!

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    Reply Kayla Waywanko January 29, 2018 at 7:30 am

    How did you cook your chicken? I was thinking about putting it in the crock pot all day so then it would be ready for me to shred at supper time?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle January 31, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Hi Kayla, yeah I cook mine in the crockpot, I usually do a batch a week up to have handy, I cook on high about 3 hours in a little broth (only about 1/4 cup) and then shred πŸ™‚

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    Reply Kim Harner March 1, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    This is ready to go in the oven later for dinner tonight! We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Buffalo Chicken Dip and have been craving it. Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to eat!

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    Reply Emily March 25, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Yum! I have to admit when I saw it out of the oven I was like well this looks boring. But omg it’s SO GOOD. definitely a keeper. I made 7 (!) of your recipes for this week. They’re all so tasty. Thanks!

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    Reply KB June 23, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    I love the idea of everything in this… but I don’t eat cream cheese or ranch (creamy things in general). I don’t mind a cream of mushroom soup in other casseroles as it dries up isn’t so creamy. Would that work as an ok substitute?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle June 26, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      It is hard for me to say as I only know the way I made it, all I can say is give it a try to see, feel free to share how it went πŸ™‚

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    Reply Lea August 16, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    What kind of shredded cheese is used for this? Is it a mix/blend or mozzarella?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle August 16, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      Hi Lea, you can use any, yes I generally use a 3 cheese blend and a reduced fat brand

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    Reply Rhonda September 27, 2018 at 11:55 am

    This is a keeper!! I tasted sauce before mixing into chicken & pasta. To me it needed a little more kick so I put in a teaspoon of tobasco. YUMMY! Thank you for such a great recipe!

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      Reply Drizzle September 27, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it Rhonda, I love spicy so that sounds great to me πŸ™‚

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    Reply Arwen January 20, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    I just made this today! Because I fell off the WW wagon years ago, the caloric values weren’t so much my focus, so I added some blue cheese crumbles. Because Buffalo chicken! It’s fantastic. Also, not so fantastic, I learned that one of my cats can tolerate Frank’s RedHot. This can’t be good.

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      Reply Drizzle January 22, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      Haha Oh No! Either way so glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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        Reply Arwen March 28, 2020 at 3:47 pm

        I’m making it again. This is now a go-to for me. I *LOVE* it. (The cat who tries to steal it has been closed up in the den, heh.)

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    Reply Sarah K May 31, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    This buffalo chicken pasta is amazing! This will be a new family favorite. I subbed 3/4 cup Moore’s Buffalo Ranch Sauce for the hot sauce and ranch dressing and it was delicious!

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      Reply Drizzle June 5, 2019 at 3:34 pm

      Hi Sarah, so glad everyone enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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    Reply Brittany October 16, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    How many cups for 268 calories? Yum!πŸ€—β€οΈ

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle October 19, 2019 at 1:31 pm

      Sorry I didn’t measure by cups, I bake in a 9×13 casserole dish and cut into 6 equal servings, you can weigh them if you want to make sure you are cutting them equally πŸ™‚

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    Reply Kim October 24, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    This was delicious! My chicken wing loving husband kept saying how good it was. I used blue cheese dressing instead of the ranch and simmered it with a bit of broth the cream cheese and wing sauce. Just made it easier to mix. Definitely make again!

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      Reply Drizzle October 26, 2019 at 2:05 pm

      Awesome, so glad you both enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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    Reply Shannon O'Donnell February 24, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    I put this into the WW recipe builder and it came to 8pts per serving on blue…?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle February 25, 2020 at 4:41 pm

      Hi Shannon, it usually will come down to products used, I can only go based on what I use and what my WW app says which I buold everything in, maybe you used a different cheese, ranch dressing or pasta, products can vary pending where you live

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    Reply Kim April 2, 2020 at 10:20 am

    YUMMY!! This was so easy and so good! My husband and I approve of anything “buffalo” style. Because I’m sensitive to gluten, I used gluten-free brown rice-quinoa penne pasta. At least a couple of times a week, I have my husband grill up a bunch of different meats for several lunches and dinners. The smoky flavor of the chicken was perfect in this dish. I also put it in two meat loaf pans for ease of cleanup and storing second one in fridge for next night, but I may try freezer next time. Thanks for posting this recipe!

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      Reply Drizzle April 3, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks Kim, sounds delicious and I am so glad you made it work for you πŸ™‚

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    Reply Kim April 2, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Whoops forgot one thing! We don’t like ranch, so we used chunky blue cheese, and it gave it an extra zing that we adore! Thanks again!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle April 3, 2020 at 3:09 pm

      Sweet! I know some people are very pro- blue cheese for anything “buffalo chicken” I am the opposite, I hate blue cheese, yuk lol.. so ranch works well.. so glad you both enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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    Reply Cleeo2 May 19, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    This is very good!
    However, it is just a little too hot for me. I prefer a comfortable spicy hot, but I am a bit uncomfortable. My mouth is burning.
    Next time, I will use a little less hot sauce and a little more ranch. That is just my heat tolerance level.
    It is nice to try a recipe that came out good and that I will make again, for a change.
    Thank you!

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle May 20, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      Hi, glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ yup we all definitely have different spice levels, I know some who would triple it haha and that is the great thing about this recipe is you can cater it to your own liking as far as the “heat” goes πŸ™‚

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    Reply Casie Johnson September 16, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Yummy! I made some buffalo chicken sweet potatoes last night. Using this to use up the leftovers. 😍

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle September 18, 2020 at 1:54 pm

      I hope you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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    Reply Lyndsy November 9, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    What brand of light ranch do you use? Would bolthouse ranch work?

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle November 10, 2020 at 5:14 pm

      HI, any light ranch dressing is fine, we have a calories wise one where I live but bolthouse should be fine

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