Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Recipe Rating:
 2 Ratings
Serves: 12
Prep Time:


2 large chicken breasts, skinless, diced - or you can use 2 boxes of tyson boneless buffalo chicken chunks for faster prep time
1 bottle light ranch dressing, regular sized bottle
2 large fresh tomatoes, diced
1 lb bacon, cooked, crumbled - or 2 packages of real bacon bits for faster prep time
1 pkg finely shredded cheddar cheese
tsp cajun seasoning or your favorite hot sauce (i use frank's red hot) - to taste
1 box rotini pasta (i use whole wheat pasta)

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Nichole McGhee Recipe
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Princeville, IL (pop. 1,738)
Member Since Sep 2011
Nichole's notes for this recipe:
We go to a lot of potluck type of get-togethers. This is one of my "stock" recipes that I get asked to bring all the time.
I tend to make it on the mild side when I take it to a potluck so it appeals to more people . When I make it at home I like to kick-up the heat a little.
This is a large recipe and can be halved.
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Cook diced chicken in a little oil & hot sauce (optional).
Drain and set aside to cool.
If you use the Tyson Buffalo Chicken Chunks simply heat them in the microwave according to the directions and dice.

* Keep a pair of kitchen scissors that are used exclusively for cutting-up chicken. Much easier than using a knife.
Cook Pasta, rinse and drain. Add to chicken.
Add bacon, cheese, tomatoes, dressing & hot sauce or cajun seasoning. You can add more or less of the dressing and hot sauce to get the right intensity for you.
Mix and Chill.


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user Phyllis Mescia Mowcat - Sep 26, 2011
This is one of the BEST salads I have ever had in my life! I tweaked it a little; added a diced green pepper and 1 bunch of scallions chopped up; used an entire bag of Tyson Buffalo Chicken strips - semi thawed and cut in chunks; otherwise, left the recipe alone! It was SUPERB!!!!! Way to go Nichole!
user Nichole McGhee Nikki14 - Sep 27, 2011
Thank you Phyllis! I like the addition of the scallions and will try it the next time I make this recipe.
I make a similar recipe to this that exchanges the bacon with scallions and the pasta with coleslaw, then stuff mixture into tortillas. The coleslaw sounds strange, but it gives the wrap a great texture. Perfect for a summer lunch.
user Phyllis Mescia Mowcat - Sep 27, 2011
This salad will definitely be on my "must make" list all the time - can't wait to take it to a potluck! It is scrumptious!
user Louise Bishop Cookalooka - Jul 26, 2012
I think I'm trying this this weekend for church potluck. Just need something that doesn't need tending, can be served chilled! Looks like just the ticket!
user Phyllis Mescia Mowcat - Jul 27, 2012
You can't go wrong with this recipe Louise! It will earn you raves, believe me! We just LOVE it! I use the Tyson buffalo chicken tenders cut up (easy and delicious). Enjoy!

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