Baked Buffalo Chicken Pasta

I found the recipe on this website.

It was delicious!  I’m a fan of spicy foods, so I added even extra buffalo wing sauce to my individual portion. 🙂  I did have to make a few adaptations to the recipe because we didn’t have all of the ingredients, but it still tasted amazing!

Baked Buffalo Chicken Pasta

1 pound pasta (I used bowtie)

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into chunks (It’s less time consuming for me to simply boil and shred my chicken, so that’s what I did)

1 tablespoon butter

 1 tablespoon flour

1 1/2 cups milk

4 ounces freshly grated monterey jack cheese + more for topping

1/3 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese +  more for topping

1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce

1/3 cup panko bread crumbs

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

(I didn’t have sharp cheddar, monterey jack, or gorgonzola cheese.  I just used a mixture of mozzarella, mexican cheese blend, and mild cheddar and it turned out just fine!  I’m sure that it would taste better if you followed the recipe exactly though…)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

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 with non-stick spray. Add pasta and chicken, then pour cheese sauce over and mix throughly until everything is coated. Sprinkle with additional grated cheese and bread crumbs. 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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