Baked Buffalo Chicken Pasta

I was running late home from work and I had 1 hour to prep for my lecture and make Mr. Prevention a meal fit for our anniversary. Time…there’s just never enough. But then again, there’s always planning ahead…and well, enjoying the weekend weather trumped lesson planning. If I’m being perfectly honest.

But, I persevered. And in the end, dinner was served. My lecture was planned. And I inhaled a delicious dinner in lightening speed. I recommend savoring this meal, but that will have to wait for reheated leftovers at lunch today. A woman has got to do what a woman has got to do.

So with this, the return of buffalo chicken. It’s been awhile and I know Mr. Prevention is not alone in his love for all things buffalo saucy. Riiiight?

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Baked Buffalo Chicken Pasta slightly adapted from How Sweet It Is

1 lb whole wheat pasta
1 lb skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into chunks
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
4 oz monterey jack cheese, grated
1/3 cup part-skim sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp buffalo wing sauce, divided
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
salt and pepper, to taste
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

Directions:

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 1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.

Spray a 9 x 13 with non-stick spray. Add pasta and chicken, then pour cheese sauce over and mix thoroughly until everything is coated. Sprinkle with panko. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately top with gorgonzola, green onions and cilantro. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons buffalo wing sauce. Yield: 6 generous servings.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 500 calories; 14.8 g. fat; 71 mg. cholesterol; 910 mg. sodium; 63.2 g. carbohydrate; 8.3 g. fiber; 37.5 g. protein

Result: Excellent! The gorgonzola and panko make this dish as incredible as it is. I didn’t know that there would be enough cheese sauce to go around and feared that the noodles may dry out some…but, nope! Perfection! Enjoy!

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Thank you for all the compliments on our wedding photos and well wishes for our anniversary! It was a hurried one, but I got the sweetest card and a cute little “love fern” (house plant) 🙂 I will have to take a photo of the gift I made Mr. Prevention, but basically, it’s a framed map of the world with pins stuck in everywhere we’ve traveled to together (I got the idea here). I hope to put lots more pins on our map over the years 😀

I’m anxious for my workout today, though my plantar fasciitis has been rearing its ugly head again. 🙁 For those PF sufferers out there — I feel your pain, and it does not feel good!!

Question: Do you, too, love all things buffalo saucy? 😉

xo,

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31 Comments

  1. May 24, 2011 / 6:22 am

    I love love love buffalo sauce! I’m trying to plan recipes to make for when I’m in CA and now you’ve really convinced me that buffalo sauce NEEDS to go on the list! This sounds delicious and love that it’s quick.

    UGH to PF! I’ve (thank the lord) never had it (or knowing me, I have and have just beaten it into submission by continuing to run on it) but i can imagine. Hope it feels better soon!

    • Nicole
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      May 24, 2011 / 8:42 pm

      I wouldn’t wish PF upon my worst enemy. And while I love buffalo wing sauce, I love everything you make, so it makes no difference to me 🙂 I love it all!

  2. May 24, 2011 / 7:08 am

    This pasta dish sounds fabulous! I bet it would also be good if you substituted some of the gorgonzola cheese for bleu cheese. Yum!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 24, 2011 / 8:41 pm

      Absolutely…love both stinky cheeses, haha! 🙂

  3. May 24, 2011 / 7:45 am

    Mmmm… this looks fantastical, Nicole! I’m still drooling over your Creamy Avocado Pasta!

    Your wedding pics were gorgeous!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 24, 2011 / 8:38 pm

      Thank you, Marisa!! You do need to try that avocado pasta…it’s excellent!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 24, 2011 / 8:37 pm

      He totally agrees 😉

  4. May 24, 2011 / 8:24 am

    For the PF…find a chiropractor who knows how to do the Grastn technique. It’s a method to essentially break down the scar tissue that has built up around that area in the foot so it can heal. It’s not pleasant but it, along with some ultrasound, has been the only thing to help my PF (in both feet mind you). PT, walking boots, steroid shots and a cast….none of that worked!

  5. May 24, 2011 / 8:52 am

    I think you did perfect! That sounds as if it would be very delectable!! Congrats on your anniversary! So exciting

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 24, 2011 / 8:37 pm

      Thanks, Molly!!! 🙂

  6. May 24, 2011 / 9:16 am

    Love the map! I have wanted one for myself for a while too. Great idea 🙂 I agree that planning ahead is ideal in theory, but in the world of reality, it’s nice to enjoy the weekend! Glad it was a good one.

  7. May 24, 2011 / 9:48 am

    A belated Happy Anniversary!! Your wedding photos are GORGEOUS!!! Y’all are such a beautiful couple!!!

    Wow, look at this gorgeous dish… You are amazing AND beautiful… Mr. Prevention is one lucky man!! 😉

  8. May 24, 2011 / 11:24 am

    I’ve got one kid that would adore this meal, and one that would hate it, and one that wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole…lol Hubby would eat it, but probably complain…not all that into buffalo spice…but I would also adore it. Maybe cook it for just me and the kid sometime! 🙂

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 24, 2011 / 8:36 pm

      Haha, you just can’t please them all, can ya!?

  9. May 24, 2011 / 11:31 am

    Ive been wanting to try that pasta ever since she first posted the recipe. It just looks SO good!
    Have I mentioned that your husband is a lucky man? I can promise you when I get married, my husband wont eat anywhere near as well as yours. 🙂

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 24, 2011 / 8:35 pm

      LOL! I am so reading this to him! Thanks, Leah…made my day!

      • Nicole
        Author
        May 24, 2011 / 8:36 pm

        Just read it to him. He said, “Perhaps she’s a better house-keeper than you.” Which I’m sure it true. I’m a slob. :-/

  10. May 24, 2011 / 12:41 pm

    Hi Nicole, just catching up on your weekend posts. OMG, GORGEOUS wedding photos!!!! Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. Prevention!!! Wishing you both many, many, many more years of happiness ahead! Have a great day!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 24, 2011 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you!! You’re so sweet 🙂

  11. May 24, 2011 / 2:12 pm

    Happy Anniversary…and this pasta looks fabulous, not only for the eyes…love the idea of buffalo sauce. Have a wonderful week Nicole 🙂

  12. May 24, 2011 / 2:43 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I just love pasta bakes. Oh, and buffalo sauce…yes please! This looks excellent.

  13. May 24, 2011 / 4:02 pm

    Lol, we do love all things Buffalo saucy and this pasta looks fanastic, Nicole! Sorry I missed your anniversary post but I wanted to say hope you and Mr. Prevention had a very special anniversary! And you’re absolutely gorgeous in your wedding photos!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 24, 2011 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you!!! 🙂

  14. May 24, 2011 / 8:23 pm

    Mr. Prevention is definitely NOT the only one who loves all things buffalo spicy 😉 Your buffalo chicken pasta looks incredible! The perfect quick and tasty meal 🙂 I’m sad I missed wishing you and Mr. Prevention a very happy anniversary yesterday! Your wedding pictures are beautiful! I didn’t know that our wedding anniversaries are so close together – Peter and mine’s is today! Best wishes for many more wonderful years of wedded bliss!!!!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 24, 2011 / 8:33 pm

      Aw! Happy Anniversary!!

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