Lunch

Lunch

BLUE CHEESE PENNE WITH BUFFALO CHICKEN

 Chicken wings just got the best makeover! I adore hot wings, but I can live without buffalo sauce dripping from my chin.

 This pasta, covered in rich creamy blue cheese alfredo sauce and topped with sweet, hot buffalo chicken hits all the important flavor notes of hot wings, but leaves all the mess behind.

Think it looks tasty? Wait until you try it! And then take with you for lunch and watch your co-workers drool, because this recipe serves 6 – yay for leftovers!

 
Serves 4 – 6

BLUE CHEESE PENNE WITH BUFFALO CHICKEN

Buffalo Chicken Penne with Blue Cheese Alfredo Sauce – can be made with rotisserie chicken for a quick and easy meal. Perfect for hot wing lovers who hate the mess! #gameday

  • 10 minPrep Time
  • 15 minCook Time
  • 25 minTotal Time

Ingredients

  • 10 oz crumbled blue cheese
  • 16 oz heavy cream
  • 1 lb penne or semolina pasta
  • 4 Cups cooked chicken
  • 1/2 Cup Frank’s Red Hot
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Fill a 5 quart pot with 4 quarts of water. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Add penne to the pot. Cook 10 minutes or until the desired level of ‘bite’ is reached. Not sure what this means? Fish a piece of pasta out of the pot, blow on it until it cools, and bite into it ~ I promise that you’ll know when it’s done!
  3. While the penne is boiling, get a 2 – 3 quart pot. Add the heavy cream. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat to low and add the blue cheese. Whisk until smooth and remove from heat.
  4. When penne is cooked, drain the water and then put the pasta back in the pot.
  5. Pour the blue cheese alfredo sauce over the penne and stir to combine.
  6. Put butter in a large microwave safe bowl and melt it – about 45 seconds. Add hot sauce and brown sugar. Heat an additional 30 seconds. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  7. Chop, slice, or shred the chicken. Add chicken to buffalo sauce and stir until coated in hot sauce.
  8. Pile buffalo chicken on top of the blue cheese penne.
  9. Enjoy!

BUFFALO CHICKEN SLIDERS WITH EASY BLUE CHEESE DRESSING

Wings are quite the big event in our house – everyone loves them, of course, because they’re so good – and I love to hate them! The prep, the deep frying, the mess from cooking, the mess while eating, the cleanup – so I’ve been working hard to find alternatives to hot wings that I can love as much as my family. I definitely adore the ease of these super quick 5 minute buffalo chicken subs, and the taste was a hit:

Ingredients

  • 1 package pretzel rolls
  • 10 oz crumbled blue cheese
  • 16 oz heavy cream
  • 4 Cups cooked chicken
  • 1/2 Cup Frank’s Red Hot
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Get a 2 – 3-quart pot. Add the heavy cream. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat to low and add the blue cheese. Whisk until smooth and remove from heat.
  2. Put butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and melt it – about 45 seconds. Add hot sauce and brown sugar. Heat an additional 30 seconds. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Chop, slice, or shred the chicken. Add chicken to buffalo sauce and stir until coated in hot sauce.
  4. Pile buffalo chicken on the pretzel rolls.
  5. Pour the blue cheese sauce on top off the chicken, being careful not to pour it directly into your mouth instead.
  6. Enjoy!