Featuring the best flavors of buffalo chicken wings combined with a classic pasta salad, this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad makes for a fantastic summer recipe!
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Warm summer days are here…and that means lots of grilling in the backyard! (And hopefully not too many more frisbee collisions with the lawnmower.) Summer days are about to get a whole lot warmer here in the Spiced house. We’ve decided to pack things up and head from upstate New York down to the mountains of western North Carolina – Asheville to be more specific.
I grew up in the Carolinas, so the chance to return back to that area of the country is really exciting for me! As you can imagine, life is pretty hectic in our house right now. Buying a new house in Asheville. Selling our house here in New York. Packing everything up in between. It’s busy!
For me, firing up the grill at the end of a busy day is one of my favorite ways to relax. Seriously. I love grilling, and the prospect of sitting on the back deck eating dinner outside is enticing. We light the citronella torches and sit back to relax as Robbie runs around the backyard.
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
Dinner on the grill is awesome, but the side dishes for summer grillin’ are equally as important! In this case, I felt like a good pasta salad was in order. I love pasta salads on warm summer days. (Plus, we had some extra rotisserie chicken in the freezer that needed to be used up before the move!)
This Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad is the perfect combination of two favorites – buffalo chicken wings and pasta salad. The taste is spot-on! It’s packed with so many layers of flavor. It’s spicy, too – but in the perfect way. (Of course, you can adjust the spiciness by adding more or less of the buffalo wing sauce.)
My mother-in-law makes a fantastic antipasta salad – it’s truly one of my favorite summer side dishes. She includes cubes of cheese in that recipe, and the cheese really takes that pasta salad to a whole new level! I took a page from her book and included cubed cheese in this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad.
For this recipe, I opted for cubes of a good sharp cheddar cheese – Cabot’s Vermont Sharp. The sharpness of that cheese was the perfect compliment to the other flavors in this pasta salad. I know cheddar cheese and buffalo wings aren’t often in the same sentence, but trust me here! This pasta salad will be making regular appearances in our house.
Cabot’s Vermont Sharp Cheddar is a classic cheddar that’s great for all sorts of recipes…and snacking! It has bold cheddar flavor, but it also features a nice smooth finish. In short, it’s delicious! If you count the cubes in this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad, you will realize that a couple are missing. They might have disappeared mysteriously while this pasta salad was being made. I have no idea what happened there.
If you haven’t had a chance to try Cabot’s Vermont Sharp Cheddar cheese, then pick up a block or two next time you’re in the store. It’s a great all-purpose cheddar. Cabot is a co-op, and their cheeses are made from the milk produced at hundreds of family farms across New York and New England. They make at least 10 different types of cheddar…and many of them have won worldwide awards. They know their cheese!
We keep several different Cabot cheeses in our fridge at all times. I love cooking and baking with those cheeses, but we often just have cheese and crackers for an easy lunch on weekend days. We slice up a couple different cheeses, add some crackers and a bit of whatever fresh fruit we happen to have around – lunch done!
I hope you enjoy this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad as much as we do – it is an easy summer side dish, and it’s great for picnics, too. Enjoy the warm weather!
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
For the Sauce
For the Sauce
- Using a medium bowl, add all of the sauce ingredients; stir until well combined. Set mixture aside.
For the Pasta Salad
- Cook pasta according to package instructions. Once cooked, drain pasta and place in a large mixing bowl.
- Add cubed cheddar, chicken, celery, bell peppers, carrots, tomatoes and green onions; stir until well combined.
- Add sauce; toss until well combined.
- Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours, or until chilled.
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