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Buffalo Chicken Casserole

September/October 2010

Your rating: None Average: 3.3 (640 votes)

We took the classic flavors of Buffalo wings—hot sauce, blue cheese, carrots and celery—and created a finger-licking-good casserole. Serve this dish during football season to a hungry crowd and it’s sure to be a hit. We don’t typically recommend ingredients by brand name, but in this case we make an exception for Frank’s RedHot Sauce. It has the perfect balance of spice and tang for this casserole. Texas Pete and Crystal hot sauces are suitable alternatives if you can’t find Frank’s.



READER'S COMMENT:
"Seriously good! I doubled the blue cheese and Frank's Red Hot sauce and I used 2% milk, and it was awesome! My husband loved it and our 17 month old even had a few tastes from my plate and was licking her fingers and lips! I will...

61 Reviews for Buffalo Chicken Casserole

02/03/2013

I was a little nervous making this with the mixed reviews, but it seemed like the perfect Super Bowl dinner, so I made it, and thought it was really good! I did make a few adjustments based on my own tastes and other comments. First I shredded the carrots as that seemed like a good idea, doubled the hot sauce, and I left out the celery because I don't like it. I also made it vegetarian by using quorn cutlets. I don't care for blue cheese either, so I used a hand blender to cream 1cup of cottage cheese, then mixed it with 1/2 block of cream cheese and added a package of ranch seasoning. I didn't think decreasing the amount of noodles was a great idea, so I layered the dish. I used half of the noodles, half of the cream cheese/ranch mix, half the sauce, the rest of the noodles, the rest of the sauce, then topped it off with dollops of the ranch mix. This ensured that all of the noodles were covered in sauce and that every bite had some of the ranch mix, and it worked very well! Next time I will likely add more hot sauce, and may even replace the celery with jicama for the crunch. I'll also likely put the ranch dollops under the final layer of sauce as it burned a little in the oven.

With all of the changes I made, it was only 391 calories per serving. I'll definitely make this again, and continue to tweak it to my liking! Maybe using 1cup of sour cream instead of cream cheese will make it easier to spread it out in layers.

Vegetarian buffalo chicken casserole with creamy ranch dollops
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02/03/2013

I was a little nervous making this with the mixed reviews, but it seemed like the perfect Super Bowl dinner, so I made it, and thought it was really good! I did make a few adjustments based on my own tastes and other comments. First I shredded the carrots as that seemed like a good idea, doubled the hot sauce, and I left out the celery because I don't like it. I also made it vegetarian by using quorn cutlets. I don't care for blue cheese either, so I used a hand blender to cream 1cup of cottage cheese, then mixed it with 1/2 block of cream cheese and added a package of ranch seasoning. I didn't think decreasing the amount of noodles was a great idea, so I layered the dish. I used half of the noodles, half of the cream cheese/ranch mix, half the sauce, the rest of the noodles, the rest of the sauce, then topped it off with dollops of the ranch mix. This ensured that all of the noodles were covered in sauce and that every bite had some of the ranch mix, and it worked very well! Next time I will likely add more hot sauce, and may even replace the celery with jicama for the crunch. I'll also likely put the ranch dollops under the final layer of sauce as it burned a little in the oven.

With all of the changes I made, it was only 391 calories per serving. I'll definitely make this again, and continue to tweak it to my liking! Maybe using 1cup of sour cream instead of cream cheese will make it easier to spread it out in layers.

Vegetarian buffalo chicken casserole with creamy ranch dollops
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01/27/2013
Anonymous
Good, but recipe needs adjustments

Just as other reviews state, the recipe calls for too many noodles. I doubled the hot sauce and it still could use more. I also think 4 oz of blue cheese is too much (and I love blue cheese), therefore next time I will at least triple the hot sauce amount and put no more than 3 oz of blue cheese.

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01/03/2013
Anonymous
Was hoping for more

After drooling over the image of this recipe for months, I finally made it. I may have set my expectations a bit too high because I was disappointed in the lack of creaminess (though I understand that the point of the recipe is to lighten it up). I'm glad several people enjoy it as is, but I have decided that I will make this in a fuller-fat version. As a splurge meal, I will adapt the traditional mac and cheese by adding Frank's Red Hot, chicken and veggies and perhaps even add some buttered bread crumbs on the top. That way I will ge the flavour and texture that I would have liked from this recipe.

Love the concept of buffalo wings in a casserole
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Anonymous wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

I made this recipe exactly as

I made this recipe exactly as stated, but I shredded the carrots, celery and onions. It was wonderful. Only change I would make is to add more hot sauce. I will definitely make this one again.

01/01/2013
Anonymous
bland and mismatched flavors

I love casseroles, but this was bland and terrible. Sure if you modify the recipe it might taste better, but it defeats the purpose of the healthy aspect. I don't recommend and we did throw out much of it, unfortunately. Very disappointed.

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love2diveczm wrote 4 weeks 17 hours ago

Yet, you gave it four stars?

Yet, you gave it four stars?

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