Monday, April 11, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Bake

I'm trying a new feature here, guys: Leftovers Lunes. Aka Leftovers Mondays, but my roommate told me it should be alliterative. In either language, I often find myself with random leftovers from weekend culinary escapades, and Mondays are a good opportunity to get creative and use them up.



As evidenced here, I like buffalo chicken. A lot. And evidenced on the rest of this blog, I like pasta with anything. So when my friend Michael left a huge order of leftover buffalo chicken fingers in my apartment, I didn't delay in making a buffalo chicken pasta bake.



I also had leftover bell peppers and red onions from these veggie kabobs, so I threw them in the food processor to dice them.



And the star of the show, buffalo chicken fingers. These babies were really spicy on their own, but added just the right amount of kick to an entire casserole.



All chopped up. I put my pasta in to cook (I chose Ziti) and started the sauce.



I made a basic alfredo to begin, starting with a roux (flour and butter), then adding milk, salt and pepper and stirring until it thickened. Then I added about 1/3 cup of bleu cheese dressing and about 1/4 cup of cheddar/mozzarella mix. I seasoned to taste with garlic powder, paprika, and chili powder. After all of this, it got too thick, so I whisked in 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking liquid to thin it a bit.



Finished sauce. I strained the pasta and mixed it with everything else (sauce, chicken, veggies) in a 9x13 baking dish.



And to top it off, no casserole is complete without buttered bread crumbs. And no buffalo chicken dish is complete without blue cheese crumbles and Frank's red hot. So I went ahead and added both of those, too.



It went into a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes and finished off in the broiler for 1-2 minutes, or until the bread crumbs browned.



Man this was delicious. Not exactly the healthiest meal in the world, but at least it had a few different food groups.

Any other leftover-creation ideas for chicken fingers?

3 comments:

  1. Yum. You can move back home any time.

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  2. hahaha I Love how opposite we are. But I also love this new series!

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  3. Dad, when you come to visit me I will make you any sort of casserole you please. And martinis.

    Clare, I think you would probably eat your arm before making this pasta bake, but I'm glad to have you as a reader! xoxo

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