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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Rigatoni

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Rigatoni
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 0 min
  • Servings 4
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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Rigatoni

Spice up pasta night with this one dish dinner.

Ingredients

1 1/2
pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
4
cups Progresso™ chicken broth
1/2
cup Frank's™ RedHot™ sauce
1
packet dry ranch seasoning
16
ounces rigatoni pasta
8
ounces cream cheese
1 1/2
cups grated cheddar

Directions

  • 1 Place chicken, broth, hot sauce, and ranch seasoning in a 5-quart slow cooker set to high.
  • 2 Cover and cook for 3 hours and 15 minutes.
  • 3 Shred chicken with a fork.
  • 4 Add rigatoni to the slow cooker.
  • 5 Cut the cream cheese into small pieces and place in slow cooker. Stir well, being sure that the pasta is in the liquid.
  • 6 Cover and cook 15 minutes. Stir well and then cover and continue cooking for 15 more minutes.
  • 7 Stir the pasta, top with cheese, cover, and continue cooking for 5 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  • 8 Stir once more and use a slotted serving to transfer to a serving dish, leaving any remaining liquid in the bottom of the slow cooker to discard.
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Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Rigatoni

As prepared by Buns in my Oven,

I don’t know who decided the slow cooker was just for winter meals. I mean, no. In the winter, we like the oven to heat up the house. In the summer? Not so much.


I love using my slow cooker in the summer to keep the house nice and cool while still eating all manner of delicious things. Like this spicy, cheesy, creamy little number right here.

Buffalo chicken is my jam, you guys. Especially when I can make it all easy and simple like this! This is a one-dish dinner that will leave you begging for seconds.


Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Rigatoni

You’re going to need some chicken, rigatoni, chicken broth, ranch seasoning, hot sauce, cream cheese and cheddar cheese. (I try to sneak cream cheese into all my Buffalo chicken dishes - it adds so much creamy coolness!)


Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Rigatoni

Put the chicken breasts in your slow cooker and top them with a hefty dose of hot sauce, some ranch seasoning and a box of chicken broth. Cover and let the whole thing cook on high for about 3 hours.


Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Rigatoni

Once the chicken is done cooking, shred it up with a couple of forks. Toss your pasta in and drop in the cubed cream cheese.

Give it all a good stir and cover again. You really want to get the pasta down in the liquid as much as possible.


Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Rigatoni

This will cook for about 30 more minutes with a bit of stirring in between. During the last 5 minutes you drop in your cheddar and let it all finish up.

A quick note about spiciness: Even though this pasta has a half cup of hot sauce in the mix, it’s still fairly mild thanks to the cream cheese. If you like more spice, feel free to increase the hot sauce in this recipe or drizzle on extra before devouring! And a shot of ranch dressing never hurt things either. :)

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Tips  

Expert Tips

There may be a bit of liquid in the bottom of the slow cooker after the dish is finished cooking. This is to ensure there is enough liquid to properly cook the pasta.

Serve with extra hot sauce or a drizzle of ranch dressing.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
1004.2
Daily Value
Total Fat
40.0g
62%
(
Saturated Fat
20.5g
102%
)
Cholesterol
229.8mg
77%
Sodium
1383.5mg
58%
Total Carbohydrate
89.3g
30%
(
Dietary Fiber
3.8g
15%
,
Sugars
6.0g
)
Protein
67.7g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
0.20%
0%
Calcium
38.50%
38%
Iron
15.40%
15%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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