Buffalo Chicken Pasta


This pasta dish has all the flavors of Buffalo chicken wings, and you don't have to get your fingers full of hot sauce. It's made on the stovetop and is finger-licking good!

close up view of Buffalo Chicken Pasta garnished with fresh herbs in a bowl
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • 2 cups rigatoni pasta

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast

  • 1 teaspoon dry ranch salad dressing mix (such as Hidden Valley Ranch®)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 (8 ounce) package Neufchatel cheese

  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream

  • ½ cup Buffalo wing sauce (such as Frank's RedHot®)

  • ½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook rigatoni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  2. Season chicken with ranch dressing mix, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Set aside.

  3. Meanwhile, combine Neufchatel cheese, sour cream, and Buffalo wing sauce in a large saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until well combined, about 3 minutes. Add Cheddar cheese and stir well until melted. Add pasta and chicken and continue cooking until well incorporated and heated through.

Cook's Notes:

Any pasta will work in this dish.

Regular cream cheese can be used in place of Neufchatel cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

665 Calories
48g Fat
36g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 665
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 48g 61%
Saturated Fat 23g 117%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 1821mg 79%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 225mg 17%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 290mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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