We took the classic flavors of Buffalo wings—hot sauce, blue cheese, carrots and celery—and created a finger-licking-good casserole. Serve this dish during football season to a hungry crowd and it’s sure to be a hit. We don’t typically recommend ingredients by brand name, but in this case we make an exception for Frank’s RedHot Sauce. It has the perfect balance of spice and tang for this casserole. Texas Pete and Crystal hot sauces are suitable alternatives if you can’t find Frank’s.
Make Ahead Tip: In Step 2, cook the noodles 4 minutes less than package directions. Prepare through Step 4, cover and refrigerate for 1 day. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, then bake at 400 degrees F for 45 minutes.
- 12 ounces whole-wheat elbow noodles
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 3 medium carrots, sliced
- 3 medium stalks celery, sliced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 4 cups low-fat milk
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons hot sauce, preferably
- 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 4 ounces)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Bring a Dutch oven of water to a boil. Cook noodles until barely tender, about 2 minutes less than package directions. Drain, rinse and set aside.
Heat the oil in the pot over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery, onion and garlic and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken and cook until no longer pink on the outside, 5-7 minutes. Whisk the cornstarch and milk in a medium bowl; add to the pot along with salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often, until bubbling and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the hot sauce.
Spread the noodles in a 9 x 13-inch (or similar 3-quart) baking dish. Top with the chicken mixture; sprinkle with blue cheese.
Bake the casserole until it is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
441 calories; 12g total fat; 5g total saturated fat; 79mg cholesterol; 671mg sodium; 47g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 37g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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