This Buffalo Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad is easy to throw together and totally delicious! This easy pasta salad recipe is perfect for BBQs, picnics, and family gatherings! It’s a creamy pasta salad recipe that combines the perfect flavors of ranch and buffalo. Your family is going to love it! If you are looking for other dishes that feed a crowd, make this easy fruit salad, this taco pasta salad, and this crab pasta salad!
So it turns out that if you are in a funk or super stressed out the answer is really simple:
This week has been full of stress and deadlines and not enough time to do all the things that need to happen . . . and Mother’s Day lunch with Quinn at her school.
I felt like such a horrible mom for feeling stressed about adding that to my to do list. And then I got there.
You guys, it was the best. The class sang to us and I did my absolute best not to totally lose it. And then I got to sit with her in the cafeteria and eat lunch with her. You guys, five year olds are just the best. One of her classmates looked at me and said, “I sit with Quinn on the bus. She’s super smart.”
And then we went outside and played freeze tag.
I’m pretty sure no one has ever looked more ridiculous playing freeze tag . . . ballet flats, purple jeans, a cardigan, a purse, and holding an iPhone . . . . but! It was seriously so fun. Quinn was cracking up laughing at the sight of her mother running from her friends and shrieking when she got caught. And so was I.
Guys. Five year olds are super fast.
And it also turns out that a game of freeze tag with five year olds is the best form of stress relief ever. I don’t personally recommend finding some random five year olds to play freeze tag with . . . because that’s going to make you seem like a creeper, but if you can play freeze tag without being a creeper, do it!
BUFFALO RANCH CHICKEN PASTA SALAD
If you can’t play freeze tag, then make some Buffalo Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad. It also works great. It’s crazy easy to make, and super delicious. Just some really simple ingredients, and made even easier if you use my Instant Pot Shredded Chicken.
You guys know how I like to Buffalo all the things. Like this Buffalo Pull Apart Bread or one of my personal favorites this Creamy Buffalo Chicken Noodle Soup. So this pasta salad was really inevitable. The dressing for this is so simple and so delicious, and the mix ins are totally easy to change up. You can leave out the onions or the blue cheese if they aren’t your thing. Add some tomatoes if those sound good. Or leave it totally as is and try not to eat the entire batch yourself on the way to your family BBQ.
Buffalo Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad
- 16 oz penne cooked, drained and rinsed with cold water
- 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
- 4 green onions diced
- 2 celery ribs diced
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 1 cup blue cheese
- 1 cup ranch dressing
- 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
- 1/2 cup light mayo
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- In a small bowl mix together the ranch dressing, buffalo sauce, light mayonnaise, onion powder, and garlic powder.
- Mix together the cooked pasta, cooked chicken, green onions, celery, blue cheese, and bell pepper. Pour the sauce over it and mix until well combined.
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