Healthy Recipes: Buffalo Chicken Casserole
Learn how to make this healthy casserole with the flavors of Buffalo chicken wings, hot sauce, blue cheese and celery. This healthy casserole recipe contains half the saturated fat and calories of traditional Buffalo chicken casserole recipes.
This finger-licking-good casserole combines all the classic flavors of Buffalo wings— hot sauce, blue cheese and celery—into one delicious meal with half the saturated fat and almost half the calories of traditional recipes. Start with 12 ounces whole-wheat elbow noodles, which have more fiber than white pasta, cooked 2 minutes less than the package instructions. After draining and rinsing the pasta, heat 2 tablespoons oil in the pot and add 3 sliced carrots, 3 sliced celery stalks, 1 chopped onion and 1 tablespoon minced garlic and cook until beginning to soften. Add 2 pounds cubed chicken and cook until no longer pink on the outside. Next, add a mixture of 1/3 cup cornstarch and 4 cups low-fat milk. This creates a creamy sauce to replace the blue cheese dressing and mayo in traditional versions. Add 1/8 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil, stirring often until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Take the pot off the heat and add 5 tablespoons hot sauce. Spread the noodles in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and top with the creamy Buffalo chicken mixture. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup strong blue cheese. Bake at 400°F until bubbling, about 30 minutes. This healthy version of Buffalo chicken casserole has half the saturated fat of the traditional version, but it's still full of flavor. Find this recipe and more healthy recipes on EatingWell.com.