Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad – Easy Twist on an Old Classic

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is usually a staple at barbecues, cookouts, parties or really any summer event where there is food. Classic pasta salad can sometimes be pretty boring, but this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad is most definitely not! Making this dish is so very easy, and it packs so much flavor and a fantastic kick from the buffalo wing sauce. Try this recipe out for your friends and family soon – they are sure to thank you for it!

Tips for making this recipe:

  • Boil and shred your own chicken, or make things even easier by buying a rotisserie chicken and shredding that. Either will work fine, and because most people chill this pasta salad before serving it, you could even shred the chicken ahead of time and refrigerate it until you are ready to use it.
  • Use whatever pasta you have on hand. I recommend using bite size pasta like farfalle (bowtie), penne, shells or really anything like that, but honestly any pasta you use in this will be great.
  • If you like a things pretty spicy, go ahead and add a little more wing sauce, or even use one of the “hot” versions. Sometimes, I even drizzle a little extra on the pasta salad before serving it.
  • If you are a bleu cheese fan (I am not!), you could sprinkle some bleu cheese crumbles on top of this as well.

Products I recommend for my Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad:

Large Pot

Mixing Bowl


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Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

This Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad is a delicious twist on an old classic. This recipe is very easy to make, and it is perfect for a pot luck or get together!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecue, bowtie, buffalo, buffalo sauce, chicken, cookout, easy, get together, green onion, Pasta, pasta salad, picnic, pot luck, quick, ranch, shredded chicken
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 289kcal


  • 1 lb chicken cooked and shredded
  • ¾ cup buffalo wing sauce
  • ½ cup ranch dressing
  • 12 oz bowtie pasta cooked and drained according to package instructions
  • ½ bunch green onion chopped


  • Boil and shred the chicken, or shred 1 lb of rotisserie chicken and set aside. Boil and drain the pasta according to the package directions.
  • In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, ranch dressing and buffalo sauce. Add in the pasta and mix well. Top with the chopped green onion. Serve warm or chilled.


Sodium: 876mg | Calcium: 17mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 53IU | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 156mg | Cholesterol: 25mg | Calories: 289kcal | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fat: 12g | Protein: 11g | Carbohydrates: 33g | Iron: 1mg

If you like this recipe, you may also like my Caprese Pasta Salad, Southwest Pasta Salad, Best Potato Salad Ever or my Mexican Chicken and Biscuits Skillet.

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