Having made this more than once, I've done a few simple things differently that I have found make this an AWESOME recipe! Key changes: 1) 9oz of whole wheat shells (vs 12oz elbow). 2) 1/2 bottle of Texas Pete Wing Sauce (vs 5 T hot sauce) plus a couple splashes of Frank Red Hot. 3) 2.5 cups of 2% milk (vs 4 cups). 4) Added 1/2 a packet of HV ranch mix to the sauce mixture as well as one can of diced tomatoes, drained. 5) Added chopped green pepper along with the celery, carrots, and opion. OMG this came out so delicious!! Thick, rich, and spicy but not super-insane spicy, just enough to feel a little burn. I tracked all of the nutritionals for the ingredients and this yields me 6 huge servings for around 400 cals each, although 7 or 8 servings are certainly realistic to bring down the calorie count. If you found this recipe bland, don't give up - there's a version for you that kicks ass!!!
Buffalo Chicken Casserole
From EatingWell: September/October 2010
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.
63 Reviews for Buffalo Chicken Casserole
I was compelled to write a review when I saw only 3.3 stars; if I could, I would give it 6! Anything "Buffalo Chicken" will draw the guys to the table. For the waist conscious ladies it has veggies, whole-wheat and low-fat milk! It was a hit in our house! The only thing I changed: I was cautious with the milk, thinking that different pasta might absorbe it differently, and I beleive I put in closer to 3 cups only. Might make the difference for those lacking the taste in the recipe. Thanks for turning a dip into a full-blown meal!
I dislike blue cheese, so I added a package of Ranch dressing mix into the milk/cornstarch solution. I also dotted the top with cream cheese and covered it in sharp shredded cheddar before I baked it. I omitted the carrots as well and added an extra tbsp of Frank's hot sauce. Next time I will add tomatoes with green chiles, I think.
Overall, very yummy!
This truly lacked flavor. I was shocked. I read the reviews and followed the tips to add the cheese into & on top of the casserole, and I added additional Frank's hot sauce, but it still had NO flavor. This is one recipe I won't be making again.
This was actually really good! I used 2c skim milk and 1/3c all-purpose flour (i did not have corn starch), and i mixed in half of the blue cheese in the sauce and the rest on top. I threw a can of diced tomatoes in and I also used 6oz of buffalo sauce and it was perfect!! Great recipe! My only problem was that I thought I could fit everything into my big pan, mistake!