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easy buffalo chicken pasta recipe

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Baked-from-frozen crispy chicken chunks paired with chickpea pasta, a simple but delicious buffalo pasta sauce, and blue cheese crumbles.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword buffalo chicken pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 320 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff


  • 24 oz bag Perdue Simply Smart Lightly Breaded Chicken Chunks
  • 1 Tbsp (16g) Olive Oil
  • 2 Sweet Onions diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 1/2 C (360g) Cashew Milk or your choice of milk
  • 3/4 C (180g) Buffalo Sauce I used Frank's RedHot
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 8 oz (dry) Chickpea Pasta or your choice of pasta
  • 1/2 C (56g) Blue Cheese Crumbles optional


  1. Bake or air fry the chicken according to its packaging and bring a pot of salted water to a boil to cook the pasta.**

For the Buffalo Pasta Sauce

  1. Heat a large skillet with the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes until they begin to soften and slightly brown.

  2. Add the garlic and cook for another 30-60 seconds until fragrant.

  3. Add the milk, buffalo sauce, and black pepper to the skillet and continue cooking over medium-high heat, stirring often, to reduce the mixture to a thick sauce. This should take around 4-6 minutes. Once the sauce has thickened, remove from the heat.

  4. Drain the cooked pasta and add to the sauce, tossing everything together, before adding the chicken. Fold everything together until the chicken is fully coated in the sauce.

  5. Top with blue cheese crumbles and fresh green onion, if desired.

Recipe Notes

**Cook the pasta for 2 minutes less than instructed on its packaging. And I like the chicken extra crunchy so I air fry for a few extra minutes. 

  • Each serving of buffalo chicken pasta with blue cheese crumbles has 8 Smart Points.
  • Without blue cheese, each serving has 295 calories, 23g protein, 29g carbs, 10g fat, and 7 Smart Points. 
Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Chicken Pasta
Amount Per Serving (175 g)
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Protein 24g48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.