Reece and I were chatting and he says "Krysten, your blog is cool but I can't make anything on it, wtf." (sorry mom, pretend you don't know what that means) He went on to say that he only has a few things in his pantry/fridge as a college kid. They include: chicken and buffalo sauce. Reece, did I tell you I love you!? I mean what else do you really need? So, I told Reester that I would make something he could make and he should stay tuned.
I decided to go with this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake. Yep, it's amazing. I was sent a similar recipe from a high school friend Kieren, a few months ago and had yet to make it. As usual I adapted it just a bit, I always do, don't take it personal Kieren!! Thanks for sending it over!! WOW, it is delish, I could not stop eating the little bit I had. It will feed you for well, a few days at least Reece!! I also will go into a little more detail on this one so that you can really nail it!! Enjoy buddy!! : )
Musical Selection: Young Folks by: Peter, Bjorn and John. Seems appropriate.
Happy Weekend Everyone!!!
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake
1 pound pasta (I used whole wheat orecchiette)
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into chunks
3 tablespoons butter
1 onion, diced
1 cup of diced celery
2 tablespoon flour
2 cups milk
2 cups cheddar (sharp or regular) + 1/2 cup more for topping
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce (or more depending on your taste)
salt and pepper to taste
for garnish: 3/4 cup chopped green onions, 1/2 cup blue cheese, additional buffalo wing sauce
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Prepare water for pasta and cook according to directions.
Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook it.
While pasta is cooking, heat a frying pan medium heat. Add the butter, and once it’s melted and bubbly add the celery and onions and saute until they are tender. Add another tablespoon of butter then add the flour. Whisk together to create a roux and cook for 1-2 minutes until mixture gets a bit golden in color. Add milk, stir and turn down heat to low. Continue stirring until milk thickens. Add in grated cheeses and continue to stir until mixture is smooth. Stir in buffalo wing sauce. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Add the pasta and chicken to the sauce.
Spray a baking dish (9 x 13 is fine) with non-stick spray. Put the mixture into the baking dish. Sprinkle with additional grated and blue cheeses. Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. Remove from oven and top with green onions. Drizzle with buffalo wing sauce if desired.