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Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Rigatoni

slow-cooker buffalo chicken rigatoni Entree
Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Rigatoni
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 2 hr 45 min
  • Servings 6

Bringing together everything you love about Buffalo chicken wings, this easy slow-cooker dish delivers a creamy pasta that’s just as perfect for the family dinner table as it is for a game-day gathering.

Updated October 17, 2016

Ingredients

  • 8
    boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2
    teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4
    teaspoon salt
  • 1/4
    teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3
    cup Buffalo wing sauce
  • 2
    cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 8
    oz cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 1 1/2
    cups shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
  • 12
    oz rigatoni, cooked and drained as directed on package
  • 1/3
    cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/3
    cup thinly sliced green onions

Steps

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  • 1
    Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with celery salt, salt and pepper; arrange in slow cooker. Pour Buffalo sauce over chicken; stir in garlic. Cover; cook on High heat setting about 2 hours or until juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). Remove chicken and, using two forks, shred into bite-size pieces.
  • 2
    Add cream cheese and Cheddar cheese to slow cooker; stir to combine. Cover; cook 15 minutes. Beat with whisk until cheeses have melted into sauce. Add rigatoni and shredded chicken; stir to combine. Cover; cook about 5 minutes or until hot. Garnish with blue cheese and green onions.

  • Make sure to use Buffalo wing sauce, rather than hot sauce in this recipe. The wing sauce has a buttery flavor and is milder than many hot sauces.
  • Blue cheese dressing is a traditional dip for Buffalo wings, which is why we use blue cheese as a garnish for this dish. It can be a strong flavor, though, so if you don’t know your diner’s preference, consider serving it on the side.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
690
Calories from Fat
300
% Daily Value
Total Fat
33g
52%
Saturated Fat
17g
83%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
200mg
66%
Sodium
1130mg
47%
Potassium
410mg
12%
Total Carbohydrate
52g
17%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
2g
Protein
46g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
30%
30%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 4 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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