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Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken Penne

Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken Penne Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

What is it about the buffalo chicken flavor that makes it so good in so many different forms? And why do we typically only eat it on game days? We eat it in dip, we eat it in quesadillas, we eat it in lasagna, etc.

And now, we can eat it in another pasta dish. Because adding pasta is rarely a bad thing. Pasta, cheese, and buffalo chicken. It’s all found in this lightened up buffalo chicken penne!

Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken Penne Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Now you can enjoy a favorite, without all of the fat, sodium, etc. that goes with it. Simple swaps that include using whole wheat pasta and 1/3 of the fat cream cheese give the pasta a nutritious boost right away.

I also used sharp cheddar cheese instead of mild cheddar so that you can use less while still getting that cheddar flavor.

Healthier Buffalo Chicken Pasta Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Bell pepper and fresh garlic up the flavor and make you forget that there isn’t any ranch or blue cheese dressing around.

All simple ways to make it lighter without compromising flavor. Because it just isn’t game day or comfort food without bold flavor!

Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken Penne Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken Penne

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 2 Cups cooked and shredded boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 8 ounces 1/3 of the fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 Cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/3 Cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 Cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 Cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 Cup feta cheese crumbles, divided
  • 10 ounces whole wheat penne pasta, cooked
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoons black pepper
  • chopped parsley, for garnish


  1. In a large skillet, combine cream cheese, buffalo sauce, chicken stock, green pepper, garlic, cheddar cheese, and 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles over medium heat. Cook until cream cheese is melted and mixture is smooth.
  2. Stir in chicken, cooked pasta, salt, and pepper and cook until heated through. Transfer to a serving dish.
  3. Top with remaining 1/4 cup feta and chopped parsley. Serve.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 925mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 23g

Nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and may not always be accurate. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.

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Healthier Buffalo Chicken Penne recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Sammie Jo

Tuesday 19th of January 2016

Wonderful texture and flavor without velveeta. Reheats smooth. This was delicious and so easy to make. Makes a bigger batch than I was expecting.


Thursday 22nd of October 2015

I love buffalo chicken everything, and this pasta dish looks incredible! I've gotta try this one - pinned!


Sunday 4th of October 2015

Buffalo chicken is my weakness! I love this lightened up version.

Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

Thursday 1st of October 2015

This is such a fun take on buffalo chicken! It would be perfect for game day or ANY day!


Thursday 1st of October 2015

This dish looks so creamy and delicious, love that it's lightened up! My husband loves buffalo anything, he would love this!

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