Friday, September 28, 2012

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Serves 6.

I added some Ranch to make this dish a little milder, and reduced the amount of blue cheese after realizing it was a bit overwhelming.  It's rich  with the recommended 1-1/2 cups, but if that's your groove, then go for it! 
Slightly adapted from: The Girl Who Ate Everything

8 ounces small uncooked pasta (such as penne)
1/2 cup Frank’s hot sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
1/8 cup Ranch dressing
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
2 cups precooked chicken or rotisserie chicken, chopped
3/4 cups crumbled blue cheese
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
(optional) 1/2 cup red onion, chopped

Cook pasta according to package directions to al dente in adequately salted water. Drain and rinse thoroughly with cold water (If serving hot don't use cold water).

While pasta is cooking, whisk together hot sauce, oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, and celery salt in small bowl until well combined.

Place the pasta in large mixing bowl. Stir in chicken, blue cheese, carrots, celery, and onion (optional). Slowly mix in desired amount of dressing. You may not want to use all of the dressing.
Can be served cold or hot. If serving cold, refrigerate until ready to serve.

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