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Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Rigatoni

  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 4 hr 0 min
  • Servings 4

Spice up pasta night with this one dish dinner. ...MORE+ LESS-

Buns In My Oven
July 21, 2017

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

Steps

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  • 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.

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 Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
1090
Calories from Fat
380
% Daily Value
Total Fat
42g
65%
Saturated Fat
21g
106%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
210mg
70%
Sodium
2660mg
111%
Potassium
650mg
19%
Total Carbohydrate
105g
35%
Dietary Fiber
6g
23%
Sugars
7g
Protein
72g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
40%
40%
Iron
30%
30%
Exchanges:
6 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 4 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 3 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
7
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • 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.

    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!)

    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.

    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.

    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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