Buffalo Ranch Chicken Pasta

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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 mins
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 30 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2 -3
    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
    • 1/2 cup Frank's hot sauce
    • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
    • 2 tsp onion powder


    • 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.


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  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama says:

    Oh my Julie, this is mouth watering. I’m a sucker for anything “Buffalo” as is my husband.

  • Kathryn says:

    Oh I’m craving that spicy kick now!

    Being sick in summer is the worst, I get all hot and bothered and cross with everyone and everything. I hope you feel better soon xo

  • [email protected] Food Ramblings says:

    I need to eat this right now! I don’t care if it’s early in the morning :)

  • Amanda at the red table says:

    Great idea! I love anything buffalo sauced :)

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    Love this! I need some wide open sinuses right now too :)

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    Yes, being sick in the summer is a pain in the ass! Hope you feel better friend. And this pasta is just lovely. I love that it can be eaten cold – and bringing it to a party is a wonderful idea. It would definitely be the star of the party!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    Kicked up Comfort Food :)

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    I hate summer colds – seriously, what’s the point of that? IT’s too dang hot to be bundled up in loads of heavy blankies and eating chicken soup… Geez immune system – knock that off would ya?!

    This looks like it would cure anything. Feel better :)

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    I love buffalo sauce and pairing it with pasta has me wanting some really bad.

  • Cathy @ Noble Pig says:

    Now you have me wanting this…good grief. I love all things Buffalo and spicy so this is going the menu this week. I hope you feel better.

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    Hope you feel better Julie! And I bet this is awesome served cold. I…ahem…would be too lazy to heat it up in my office too! This beats my boring turkey sandwich for today’s lunch!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    OH yes. Ranch and buffalo chicken, the best combo there is!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    I almost want to be sick so I can eat this. Freaking yum.

    (feel better, mkay!)

  • Mercedes says:

    I hope you are feeling all better! Being sick in the summer is the worst! This pasta looks like it is right up my alley! Although I do not like wings, I love anything with buffalo sauce on it!

  • Cassie says:

    Oh girl, you know I am all about some Frank’s sauce. Definitely good for clearing the sinuses too. Hope you feel better too! xoxo

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    Holy amazingness! Drooling, and wanting this for lunch right now!

  • Amanda says:

    This looks so good! I can’t wait to try it!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Ahh! I’m so making this and soon! My husband will go nuts for it!

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    You had me at buffalo. And then again at ranch. And then again…well, you get the idea.

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I hope you’re feeling better soon! And now you have to go make some fries ;) I mean… pasta. :p

  • I’m thinking that this needs to be dinner tonight!!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    What is it about buffalo chicken and ranch together that could cure just about anything? I hope you feel better! The pasta looks finger lickin’ good!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    this sounds soooo delicious. hope you’re feeling better, friend!

  • Deborah says:

    You definitely can’t go wrong with buffalo chicken. I could go for a big bowl right now!

  • carrian says:

    Love what a fun pasta this is!!!!

  • Carla @ Carla's Confections says:

    Shoot man I hope you feel better soon!!! But this looks like a good remedy! I am obsessed with chicken, ranch and pasta mixed in one so I guess this is the recipe for me! Love it!!! :D

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    Mmm, I could go for a big bowl of this right now!

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    I think I like this better as pasta than fries anyway :) Buffalo pasta is one of my favorites, and I haven’t made it in way too long! Hope this did the trick and you are feeling better soon.

  • Jenny @ BAKE says:

    being sick in the summer sucks! hope you feel better soon! this pasta looks incredible

  • Stephanie says:

    Too bad I can’t eat spicy stuff. This looks like a super easy weeknight dinner recipe!

  • auntie em (emily) says:

    This looks like a great dish, no matter what your health! :)

    Try one of the gel masks on your sinuses. (Even a damp facecloth in a ziptop freezer bag works in a pinch). Place gel pack in a bowl of boiled water to heat or place the damp facecloth in the MWO for a few seconds, but be careful since it will be very hot. Use a tissue or thin cloth between hot pack and skin so you won’t burn your skin and then lay back and relax for a few minutes. This relieves my sinus pressure better than any pain pill!

    Thanks for sharing all your amazing recipes. :)

  • Carly Cronk says:

    How can I make this into a freezer meal?

    • Julie says:

      Cook it and then put it in an airtight container & freeze it. To reheat, pop on stovetop in a skillet or microwave it.

  • Lauren says:

    Would using cream of celery woup work instead of using actual celery? I don’t like how strong of a taste celery has, so I like to use cream of celery instead.

    • Julie says:

      I don’t think. I think it’d ruin the pasta. The celery in here is not for the liquid texture (which is what the cream of celery would do), but more for the hearty ingredients. You can just omit the celery if you don’t want to add it in. It won’t change the taste, it’s mostly coming from the buffalo sauce & ranch anyway. :)

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  • Lauren says:

    Thanks! I made it before I saw your reply so I tried it, and it turned out well. I only used about half a can and it just made the sauce a little creamy. I still just tasted the buffalo and ranch anyway, so maybe i’ll try celery next time. More healthy that way. :)

  • Jourdyn says:

    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!

  • Liz says:

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

  • Norma says:

    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!

  • Austin says:

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

  • Jessica says:

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

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