Buffalo Chicken Pasta Casserole

4.86 from 7 votes

This chicken casserole tastes just like a plate of buffalo wings!

buffalo chicken pasta casserole

I love a heaping plate of chicken wings as much as the next person! They’re crispy, juicy, and super saucy. Unfortunately, there are a few problems with ordering this tasty appetizer at a restaurant. The wings themselves are loaded up with saturated fat, and deep frying them certainly doesn’t help their calorie count, either. Plus, I always end up dipping each wing in copious amounts of ranch or blue cheese, which adds about 75 calories per tablespoon. You know I’m using more than a few tablespoons, too! Even though I know they’re bad for me, sometimes I can’t pass up the opportunity to order some hot and spicy wings. So, we created this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Casserole to curb your cravings while keeping you on track with your weight loss goals.

How did we make this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Casserole so tasty while keeping the calories low? It’s all about the delicious sauce created by mixing together cream cheese, Greek yogurt, skim milk, and hot sauce. Add in some lean chicken breasts, whole wheat pasta, and fat-free cheddar cheese, and you have a satisfying, creamy package. Plus, it’s all for fewer than 400 calories!

How Many Chicken Breasts Do You Need?

Our recipe calls for two cups of shredded boneless, skinless chicken breasts. That’s great if you have leftovers on hand, or if you’re picking up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. But, if you’re cooking the chicken specifically for this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Casserole, you might be wondering how many chicken breasts you should buy!

Since the weight of the breasts varies from chicken to chicken, it’s impossible to specify the exact number you’ll need to make two cups. But, in general, 8-ounces of chicken should create about one cup of cooked, shredded chicken. So, if you pick up a pound of chicken breasts, you should be ready to cook this quick and easy meal.

Let’s Chat Complex Carbohydrates

If you’re counting your carbs, you might pass over this chicken casserole recipe because it contains pasta. You could absolutely substitute your favorite low-carb pasta alternative, but we’d like to make an argument for whole wheat pasta. Not all pasta is made equally, and this kind is actually good for you!

You see, unlike simple carbs, complex carbohydrates are made up of longer chains of sugar molecules. Because the chain is so long, it takes a while for your body to digest. That means the energy you consume from the pasta will fuel your body for a significantly longer time than carbs found in regular pasta.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about simple versus complex carbohydrates.

Don’t forget to let us know in the comments what you thought of the recipe, and if it gave you longer lasting energy than you expected! Since this casserole makes eight portions, you can easily have some for dinner with plenty of leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. You can also freeze individual portions, ensuring that you have a healthy meal on-hand for busy weeks.

4.86 from 7 votes

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Casserole

Serve the crowd this super tasty casserole made with wholesome ingredients. Yum!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 8 people
Serving Size 0.75 cup
Course Dinner
Cuisine American


  • 8 ounces cream cheese fat-free
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt plain
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce
  • 4 cups whole-wheat penne pasta cooked
  • 2 cups boneless and skinless chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese fat-free, shredded
  • 1/4 cup green onions chopped


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, yogurt, milk, and hot sauce until smooth. Stir in the pasta, chicken, and half the cheese. Mix well and pour into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over top.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until top is golden brown. Sprinkle with green onions and serve.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 584mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9
Keywords Budget-Friendly, High Protein, Pasta, Quick and Easy

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Chef Nichole

Nichole has a culinary degree from Great Lakes Culinary Institute and has worked in the culinary industry for 10 years. She also has the knowledge to write recipes using the most nutritious, fresh, and balanced ingredients. Nichole enjoys creating healthy and tasty recipes anyone can prepare, no matter their cooking skill level.

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    1. Hi Michele – that depends on the type of pasta. For this recipe, 1 cup of cooked pasta is about 2 ounces dry pasta.

  1. I’m assuming because it says “shredded” that the ingredient boneless, skinless chicken breasts should be cooked, correct?

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