Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Buffalo chicken is a real winner at our house. I was craving the flavor but didn't want the mess of frying. This was a healthier and leaner method of enjoying the buffalo chicken taste without the frying.
Buffalo Chicken Pasta is very easy to prepare, received two thumbs up from the homegirlz and the leftovers were gone by the following day. Come along and give this easy mid-week meal a try!
Season about 1 to 1-1/4 lbs. chicken breast tenders liberally with salt and pepper or grill seasoning. Slice the chicken into hearty bite size pieces and brown in a deep-sided skillet over medium-high heat in one tablespoon of olive oil. Once chicken is browned, remove from skillet and set aside.
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet over medium heat and saute 2 finely chopped shallots and 1 clove of minced garlic for about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire, 3 tablespoons of hot sauce (adjust measurement up or down according to your taste), and one 4 oz. can of tomato sauce.
Cook 1 lb. of penne rigate pasta to al-dente.
Add chicken back to skillet. Lower heat on sauce to medium-low and simmer for about 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper and more hot sauce.

Add cooked and drained pasta to sauce and to to coat.


Serve garnished with sharp cheddar cheese or crumbled bleu cheese (I don't to bleu cheese). I would have added chopped scallions, but I was out.

36 comments:

Miette said...

Mmmmh...

Cheers,

Miette

Donna-FFW said...

My oh MY, what a perfect weeknight meal. My kids actually LOVE buffalo wings.. they would adore this. Esp with a salad with blue cheese dressing. PERFECT, thank you!!

Cathy said...

This looks SO great, and it's a flavor I just haven't cooked much for some reason (just don't think of it?) Thank you for reminding me how tasty buffalo chicken is! I heart easy, delicious weeknight meals!

Susan D said...

YUMMMM! This looks and sounds fabulous. I bought chicken just last night and was looking for something a little different. I'm definitely making this. Thanks so much. Blessings, Susan

Sophie said...

MMMMMMM...this pasta dish looks so yummie:)!!! I just love chicken combined with pasta!!

The Bramble Patch said...

I've never thought of that as a pasta dish!

Maria said...

My hubby will love this, great pasta dish!

TheWritersPorch said...

Katherine,
This does sound both really tasty and simple to fix.
xoxo,
Carol
Ps...yes Spring does make me feel entegetic!

Dawn said...

I love buffalo chicken wraps with extra blue cheese, sooooo I know I'm going to love this one.

Cheryl said...

That is a great idea, I love Buffalo Chicken but dont like the idea of frying!

Marjie said...

I like chopping chicken into smaller pieces and cooking it faster. It seems to stay moister that way.

And it was funny to see that you don't "do" bleu cheese. Here and I thought I was the only person who doesn't "do" some stuff!

Reeni♥ said...

This looks amazing, Katherine! Such a great play Buffalo Chicken. I love it!

Debbie said...

I am making this very soon!!! I love spicy and this looks great! Thank you Katherine!!!!!!!

Pam said...

Oh my - now I have a very intense craving for pasta. Excellent recipe.

Mrs. G. said...

Delish!

Bridgett said...

I love the flavor of buffalo wings and all but I agree, the process if never a fun one. This is a perfect alternative and it looks delicious.

Elra said...

Sounds really yummy, I'd add more of that blue cheese, and I am sure if you add scallions it would be perfect.
Cheers,
elra

Joie de vivre said...

This would hit the spot right about now.

The Blonde Duck said...

Brilliant. Positively brillant. Can I be a homegirl?

Nutritious is Delicious said...

HOLY YUM! (As Miss Veggie Girl would say!)

tamilyn said...

That sounds like a fun way to introduce a new flavor to the kids. Yah, I don't do blue either.

Peter M said...

If you're going to do a "Buffalo" style dish, it's gotta have blue cheese.

Imagine if someone in Buffalo made Gumbo without Andouille...oh the horror! lol

thecleanveggie said...

sounds absolutely amazing :D

Not Another Omnivore said...

Great photos, and great weather we're having! Too bad I think it's going downhill tomorrow...

NAOmni

matzoball said...

nice! I've made buffalo chicken lasagna similar to this. Its pretty good!

Aggie said...

Oh man! That is a must make! We love buffalo chicken (and pasta...!).

Selba said...

Whoaaaa... this is a great pasta!

Selba said...

Whoaaaa... this is a great pasta!

Calm In The Kitchen said...

This looks so good, I'm having a total craving now!

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

This looks great! I'm going to print it! Thanks so much!
~Kim

Greg C said...

Darn, my family won't eat anything hot or spicy but I would love it. Anything with the name buffalo in it is great I say.

gastroanthropologist said...

This looks delicious and so simple to make. Thanks, I don't need to think about what to make for dinner tonight.

gigi said...

Sorry I missed this yesterday. But it sounds so quick and easy. This is one that can be whiped up fast. Love it!

Penny said...

Brilliant food pairing. Love your blog.

Natashya said...

Mmm, combines two of my favourite things, buffalo chicken and pasta!

Pam said...

Yummy! You should enter it for Presto Pasta Nights. Or wait, do something equally as fabulous next week and enter it when I'm hosting.