It may be the holiday season, but it's also rainy, chilly, and occasionally gloomy, so it's no surprise if you've been craving comfort food. And easy dinners that are a departure from your average meat and potatoes fare ...
Enter this mouthwatering recipe for Baked Buffalo Chicken Pasta! It's got a little kick and a whole lotta ooey-gooey deliciousness, and take it from someone who has made it now on more than one occasion: The crowd goes wiiiild for it! Which reminds me: It'll be a good recipe to keep in your back pocket in a couple of months for Super Bowl Sunday!
Check it out ...
Baked Buffalo Chicken Pasta from How Sweet It Is
1 pound pasta (I used whole wheat orecchiette)
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into chunks
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 1/2 cups milk
4 ounces freshly grated Monterey Jack cheese (half a brick) + more for topping
1/3 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese + more for topping
1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
For garnish: 3/4 cup chopped green onions, 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, 1/2 cup Gorgonzola cheese, additional buffalo wing sauce
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Prepare water for pasta and cook according to directions.
While pasta is cooking, heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter, and once it’s melted and bubbly, add the flour. Whisk together to create a roux and cook for 1-2 minutes until mixture gets a bit golden in color. Add milk, stir, and turn down heat to low. Continue stirring until milk thickens. Add in grated cheeses and continue to stir until mixture is smooth. Stir in buffalo wing sauce. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.
Spray a baking dish (9 x 13 or a round 4-inch deep dish) with non-stick spray. Add pasta and chicken, then pour cheese sauce over and mix thoroughly until everything is coated. Sprinkle with additional grated cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately top with Gorgonzola, green onions, and cilantro. Drizzle with buffalo wing sauce.
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