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.

Jessie Price
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2010

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

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  • Bring a Dutch oven of water to a boil. Cook noodles until barely tender, about 2 minutes less than package directions. Drain, rinse and set aside.

  • Heat oil in the pot over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, onion and garlic and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink on the outside, 5 to 7 minutes. Whisk cornstarch and milk in a medium bowl; add to the pot along with salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often, until bubbling and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in hot sauce.

  • Spread the noodles in a 9-by-13-inch (or similar 3-quart) baking dish. Top with the chicken mixture; sprinkle with blue cheese.

  • Bake the casserole until it is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: In Step 2, cook the noodles 4 minutes less than package directions. Prepare through Step 4, cover and refrigerate for 1 day. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, then bake at 400°F for 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

441 calories; protein 36.9g 74% DV; carbohydrates 47.2g 15% DV; dietary fiber 4.7g 19% DV; sugars 9.3g; fat 12.2g 19% DV; saturated fat 4.6g 23% DV; cholesterol 79.4mg 27% DV; vitamin a iu 4443IU 89% DV; vitamin c 3.8mg 6% DV; folate 33.3mcg 8% DV; calcium 277mg 28% DV; iron 2.3mg 13% DV; magnesium 79.6mg 28% DV; potassium 619.3mg 17% DV; sodium 635.7mg 25% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 23% DV.

Reviews (70)

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70 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 32
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 15
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I agree with the previous comment. Too many noodles for the amount of sauce and perhaps melting the blue cheese in with the sauce would be better. I used cipole hot sauce because it's what we had in the house and my husband loves it but I think if I made it again I'd stick with the regular. Shredded carrots would be much better. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
My husband and I found this recipe to be very bland! I even marinade the chicken in Frank's Wing Sauce as suggested. I find that the milk/cornstrach mixture is over powering. Perhaps cutting that in half would help. Also I do think that Frank's Wing Sauce vs. Frank's Hot Sauce makes a big difference. If I were ever to make this again I would definately use the Hot Sauce. I would also add diced tomatoes for some more flavor and nix the pasta. Perhaps rolled up in a wrap might be nice. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
We really liked this dish. I did prepare it more like a Cooks Illustrated recipe. First I sweated the carrots onions and celery with a tsp of oil and pinch of salt removed from pot then added a Tbs of the oil and browned the chicken (seasoned with salt and pepper) in two batches. Added the garlic to 2nd batch of chicken and cooked for 30 seconds until fragrant then returned vegetables and rest of chicken to pot and continued with the regular recipe. A drizzle of Franks before serving was essential and I would probably increase the amount of Franks in the sauce next time. I also used regular pasta but I could see how whole wheat could be too strong so I'd try Ronzoni Healthy Harvest which has a milder taste. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/24/2012
Tasty and Simple I made recipe exactly as written except that I doubled the hot sauce. That was a great call! i would also reduce pasta as mentioned in other reviews and would reduce blue cheese amount or use a softer version like gorgonzola. I like blue cheese but it was overpowering in my finished product. Pros: Creamy Cons: Must like bleu cheese Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/06/2013
Very good and easy. Pros: NULL Cons: NULL Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2012
Instead of wings...make this at home! Great recipe! My husband gave it a 8 out of 10! I halfed the recipe and made a few MINOR modificatoins: added more hot sauce; double if you have Frank's and add as much as you can handle from Tabassco. I added more veggies and used 1/2 red onion and 1/2 yellow added thyme and dijon to the veggie/chicken mix. I did add a bit of Bolthouse Farms yogurt blue cheese dressing and a bit extra reduced fat blue cheese. Melted the cheese in the mixture as well like other reviewers suggested. Sprinkled combo of oyster crackers ritz and french fried onion rings. YUM!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2013
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/08/2012
Great with some modefications! Simple and easy. I'm in college and my roommate and I loved this! It lasted us each about three days for dinner! We used fully cooked cubed chicken from tyson poured in half of the hot-sauce bottle added spicy ranch seasoning packet and used low fat blue cheese. We also used 16 oz farfalle noodle to accomodate for 1.5 lbs chicken. So good! Came to about 420 calories per 1/8! Pros: Delicious low calorie Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2013
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. Pros: easy Cons: bland without adjustments Read More