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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

Take that spicy buffalo chicken flavor you love and make it into a creamy, cheesy, oh so good lasagna. It's the perfect dinner for game day or any day!


       Football food is fun food! It just is. In our younger pre-kid days we had people over almost every Sunday during the fall and winter. When Little Dude was one of the only youngsters, we still did more weeks than we didn't.


       It turns out having a gaggle of toddlers slows that down a bit. The fact that almost all of those toddler and pre-schoolers now have little brothers or sisters makes it even harder. (Don't feel too bad for Little Dude not getting to be a part of the big brother club. He is not one bit envious and he has it pretty good on his own! 😉)


       Now we still tend to have whoever is available over a few times a year. Mostly for the season opener, rivalry games for the Steelers, or games when they play the favorite team of a family member or friend. Then of course if the black and yellow are making an appearance in a playoff game, we will likely be watching.

      No matter who is playing in the big game, we are there. Sometimes it's hard to choose a team to cheer for because they are both teams we like to cheer against, but we'll watch it anyway.


       Luckily we have got to wave our terrible towels during plenty of games and even on the years we don't get to, there's always the food to look forward to!

      We don't have a set menu from year to year.  I remember as a kid we had a lot of "souper bowls" where each family brought a soup. Kelly's cheese soup and chili were always staples.  In recent history we've done indoor pulled pork on homemade Hawaiian rolls, chili, pizza ryes, stuffed football pizza rolls. A pig skin cheese ball is always a hit as well.

     We tend to do snacky sweets as well. A football shaped dessert cheese ball is always fun and the monster cookie dip was a huge hit.


     But no matter what else we are serving, there is almost always something buffalo chicken inspired. Sometimes it's the real deal or their boneless cousins.  Sometimes it's those flavors in more creative packaging. Whether it's buffalo chicken dip or buffalo chicken taquitos, they are all good!

      So this year I thought it would be fun to do something different with those flavors we love.  Instead of making a finger food, it seemed like it would be fun to do something unexpected and make a lasagna!

      It actually worked out really well!  Though it's hard to go wrong with ranch, melty cheese and buffalo sauce!  This buffali chicken lasagna is a fun change for your gameday menu.  It may just tickle your tastebuds enough to become a staple all year long.

    Do you have a standard menu you serve for the big game?



Yield: serves 12

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

Take that spicy buffalo chicken flavor you love and make it into a creamy, cheesy, oh so good lasagna. It's the perfect dinner for game day or any day!
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 55 MINStotal time: 75 mins

ingredients:


  • 12 oz lasagna noodles, cooked al dente
  • 3-4 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 pkg ranch seasoning
  • 24 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/2 cup milk 
  • 4 cups colby-jack cheese
  • 4-5 slices bacon (optional, but why not!)
  • additional hot sauce, chives, ranch, bleu cheese etc. if desired for serving

instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F and grease a 9x13" baking dish
  2. Mix together cream cheese, 3 cups of colby-jack, ranch seasoning, buffalo sauce and milk until well combined. Fold in chopped bacon if desired. 
  3. Spread 1/4 of the cream cheese mixture on the bottom of the prepared pan. 
  4. Cover with a layer of noodles, overlapping the edges to form a solid layer of pasta. 
  5. Repeat layering with 1/4 of the cream cheese mixture, shredded chicken, noodles, cream cheese mixture, shredded chicken, noodles and the rest of the cream cheese mixture.  Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese and then cover with foil. 
  6. Bake for 45 minutes and then remove the foil.  Return to the oven for another 10 minutes or until cheese is all melted and the lasagna is bubbly. 
  7. Rest for about 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with desired toppings. 
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Shared at The Weekend Potluck

35 comments:

  1. Love Buffalo chicken anything, I have to try this!

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    1. We do too! I hope you enjoy it :-)

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  2. This is genius! Can’t wait to make this.

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  3. You are making my tastebuds do a dance with these AWESOME football foods! Sooooo yummy looking and sounding!

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  4. I LOVE this...such a great idea to make lasagna with the buffalo chicken!

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  5. Our football partying has been hampered by kids too :) My husband would absolutely love this - I'll have to get it on the menu soon!

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    1. I suppose the kids are worth it anyway ;-) I hope you all enjoy it!

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  6. Love Buffalo chicken anything and it's brilliant you maddest into a lasagna!

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  7. How can there not be something Buffalo flavored on game day? =) This sounds absolutely tasty.

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  8. Hi Carlee, I have no idea what buffalo flavour is. Beef flavour maybe? But then why beef flavoured chicken (I'm seeing scary things in my head!). I bet this lasagna tastes a proper treat, just 'cos ypou've made it!
    xx

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    1. Hahaha! Buffalo sauce is a hot sauce/butter/vinegar mixture. It started just as Buffalo wings which are crispy fried wings tossed in the hot sauce mixture. They are usually eaten at a sports bar while watching a game (or really any time!) We've taken that flavor and made it easier to eat in dips, wraps, taquitos and now lasagna!

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    2. I should add that it's named after Buffalo, New York not the animal!! xoxo

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  9. This would be a hit in our house. Thanks for linking up with the Blended Blog- pinning your post!

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  10. Your Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Lasagna will be amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  11. OMG. I LOVE buffalo-chicken ANYTHING and this sounds amazing! Putting this on the menu ASAP!

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  12. Oh my gosh - I love anything buffalo! I'd love to have you share at our What's for Dinner Party!
    http://www.lazygastronome.com/whats-dinner-sunday-link-132/#more-6926

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  13. This would be perfect to serve a crowd! I think for sure when they are doing their "fantasy football" draft! They need the "fuel" for such epic battles! I'll be pinnningand saving this one! So glad you shared it at Celebrate 365's Football Party Recipe Round up!

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    1. Oh my goodness, this would be perfect for fantasy draft! Thanks so much for the idea, I'll have to pencil it in for the big day!

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  14. The perfect lasagna for football season! Thanks for linking up at Friday Frenzy Link Party! PINNED!

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  15. Carlee ~ This sounds soooo good! I wish husband would enjoy Buffalo sauce just a bit, but he refuses! I will have to take this to a work function the next time we have a food event! There's no way I am missing out on this dish!

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    1. Oh man, we need to figure out a way to ease him into it or something! I hope you love it!

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  16. I love ANYTHING buffalo! This sounds delish and halftime friendly! Cheers from the Friday Frenzy!

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