The Best Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

The big game marks the end of football season – one last hurrah. And what better excuse to pull out all the stops at your watch party? If you’re already brainstorming gameday goodies, put this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad on the menu. It’s a guaranteed W.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

This recipe is everything you love about Buffalo wings – plus pasta. Sign. Me. Up.

In a large bowl, stir together mayonnaise, hot pepper sauce (we used Frank’s Red Hot for that authentic Buffalo wing flavor), white vinegar, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Add shredded chicken, pasta (we used bowtie), celery, blue cheese (plenty of it), and green onion to the mayonnaise mixture. We used a rotisserie chicken to save on time, but you could use leftover slow cooker shredded chicken or canned if you have it in the pantry. To see just how easy it is to make shredded chicken in your slow cooker, watch the video below. 

Toss it all together until the pasta and chicken are fully coated with the spicy, creamy sauce.

The blue cheese is the perfect complement to the heat in the sauce, while the celery adds texture – a nice crunch – to the pasta salad. It’s bright, it’s flavorful, it’s perfect for feeding a crowd.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Serve it chilled alongside Buffalo wings and Buffalo chicken dip for an all-Buffalo-everything watch party or put it in your back pocket and make it for the first backyard BBQ of the summer. No matter the season, this Buffalo chicken pasta salad is sure to put you on the winning (menu-planning) team.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • ½ cup hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, optional
  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 package (12 ounces) bow tie pasta, cooked
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 1 ½ cups crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 cup sliced green onion


  1. In a large bowl, stir together mayonnaise, hot pepper sauce, vinegar, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper.
  2. Add chicken, pasta, celery, blue cheese and green onion to mayonnaise mixture. Toss until pasta and chicken are coated with mixture.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or until ready to serve.


TEST KITCHEN TIP: The classic Buffalo Chicken Wings recipe calls for Franks® Red Hot® Cayenne Pepper Sauce which is the brand we used when testing this recipe.

The Best Buffalo Chicken Salad

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