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This buffalo ranch chicken pasta packs in some heat!

Being sick in the summertime is not fun. I remember when I was younger, being sick in the summer was like a curse. I’d much prefer being sick in the winter because it seems like the norm. Cold weather = sniffly noses, right? Although, obviously, no one wants to ever be sick, but if I had to choose, I would choose curling up in front of the fireplace nursing my cold instead of when the sun is shining outside and I could be by the pool.

I had sinus pressure all weekend and I could’ve sworn my head was going to implode any minute. Instead of taking congestion medicine, I should’ve made myself another batch of this pasta dish. When we ate this a couple weeks ago, our sinuses were wiiiide open, haha

I posted a picture of these on Instagram and a lot of people thought they were fries – which got me craving buffalo fries with ranch dipping sauce. Uh, dangerously awesome.

Sorry, these are no french fries but it’s still a dangerous pasta dish. The heat is addicting. It’s a good hurt. And it’s actually REALLY good cold, as I discovered. The following day when I brought leftovers for lunch to work, I was too lazy to go to the microwave (I know, that’s like ultimate lazy) so I ate it cold. Not too shabby. I could totally see myself whipping up a batch of this for a party, really! It’d be like a cold pasta dish like macaroni salad or something but with buffalo sauce. Yum, right??

Anyway, excuse me while I go shove a couple spoonfuls of this in my mouth to clear my sinuses – natural remedies, ya know? ;)

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Pasta

A spicy kick to pasta!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 3 cups penne pasta
  • 5 boneless skinless chicken tenderloins, cubed
  • 4 stalks of celery, diced
  • 2 carrot stalks, diced
  • ½ cup Frank's hot sauce
  • ¼ cup ranch dressing
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
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  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil and cook pasta according to the package instructions and drain well when done.
  • In the meantime, brown your chicken in a large skillet on medium-high heat, 3 minutes on each side.
  • While the chicken is browning, combine hot sauce, ranch dressing, and onion powder in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Once chicken is done browning, remove and set aside on a plate. In the same skillet, throw in the celery and carrot and cook until tender. Then place the chicken back in the skillet along with the sauce mixture.
  • Let sauce simmer for 3-4 minutes then add the pasta to the sauce. Stir until well coated and all is combined.
  • Serve hot and drizzle more ranch sauce on top.



Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 953 kcal | Carbohydrates: 137 g | Protein: 50 g | Fat: 22 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 90 mg | Sodium: 2119 mg | Potassium: 1180 mg | Fiber: 8 g | Sugar: 9 g

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Course: Pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy pasta recipe
Recipe Rating


Saturday 23rd of March 2019

Wayyyy to much hot sauce . I had to addd 1/2 cup heavy cream to cut it


Tuesday 8th of December 2015

Taste great, sweating out a cold I didn't have


Wednesday 23rd of January 2013

WOW...chicken wing delight! Thanks for sharing. Best dish I've come across in awhile. Little spicy for my kiddos who usually devour wings. More leftovers for my husband and me!


Wednesday 16th of January 2013

I made this tonight and it was fabulous! Thanks for the recipe.


Saturday 5th of January 2013

this recipe is awesome!! My husband loved it! He brought it to work the next day as leftovers & his coworkers even loved. Also, great for a quick alternative to "finger foods" at a party! Thank you!