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Friday, February 27, 2009

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti

I love buffalo chicken dip. When I was trying to come up with a dinner idea last night, I was stuck on the thought of that dip. I knew I couldn't just serve chip and dips though, at least not on a weeknight when we all look forward to sit down meals. So I decided to see if I could turn a snacky favorite into a substantial dinner.

It worked, and the results were delicious!

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti
  • 1 lb. spaghetti, fully cooked and drained
  • 1 - 1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 c. chicken stock
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/4 c. hot sauce (more or less, depending on desired intensity. 1/4 c. will be mild to medium in flavor.)
  • 1 c. Ranch or Bleu cheese dressing
1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper to taste. Place in a skillet with chicken stock, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked. Remove chicken and reserve 1/2 c. cooking liquid.

2. In a saucepan, combine the cream cheese, hot sauce and reserved cooking liquid. Cook over medium-low heat until the cream cheese is completely melted. While the sauce is cooking, shred or cube the cooked chicken.

3. Add the dressing and chicken to the saucepan, stir to combine, and then toss with the cooked spaghetti.

I tasted this right after I made it and noticed that the heat increased a little after it had been sitting in the refrigerator for a few hours. So if you are making this ahead of time, you might want to keep that in mind.

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Julie said...

Oooh..that sounds good. I love that dip too. Often sit around dreaming of it.

Sarah said...

Mmm Drooling here.

Jolene said...

This sounds really good!

Gena said...

That sound delicious! I love that dip and buffalo chicken in general. I'll have to try this.

Terri said...

I made this for dinner tonite. It was very good.

Janine said...

Anything that includes buffalo chicken is right up my alley, can't get enough of it. Great idea!

FishMama said...

Sounds yummy. I love the blue cheese part of it!

BusyMom said...

Yum. I love that dip. Might have to make it tame for the kids and add extra sauce at the table.

Mary Ann said...

This sounds awesome! Love buffalo chicken!

Anonymous said...

Great idea, give the pasta a little kick!