Cajun spiced chicken with pasta and peppers in a tangy, creamy hot sauce. An easy 20 minute dinner, packed with loads of flavour.
This is one of my family favourites, I must make this at least once every 2 weeks!

Close up of buffalo chicken pasta in a pan.
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I love a dish with a bit of a kick to it, and this buffalo pasta has just that.

If you’re not too sure on spice level, you can always leave out the jalapeños, and just add a little hot sauce, then add more at the end to taste.
There’s some heat to the Cajun spice too. Yes, spice on three levels. Perfect! A mild Cajun spice will work as well though.

We love this for a quick weekend dinner.

📋 What do we need?

Ingredients for buffalo chicken pasta on a wooden table
  • We’re looking for lots of tang in this recipe, to provide balance with the cream, so we’re using Hot Pepper Sauce. I like Franks Hot Sauce, but any similar type of hot pepper sauce will do. Don’t be tempted to swap it out for Sriracha or sweet chilli sauce or similar. The hot sauce is what gives this dish its signature flavour.
  • Worcestershire sauce and cider vinegar also add a bit of tang too.
  • Stock cube – this is optional (I know some people don’t like to use stock cubes), but it does give the pasta an added oomph!

📺 Watch how to make it

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. Most of this recipe is put together while the pasta is cooking. So first put your pasta onto cook, then coat chicken pieces in Cajun spice and black pepper and fry it off.
  2. Next we add in a crumbled stock cube (more flavour!), garlic, onions, peppers and sliced chilli and fry them off too.
  3. Once the vegetables have softened slightly, add in spring onions, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, cream and parmesan cheese. This is where all of those flavours amalgamate to make a rich, complex sauce.
  4. Stir in the cooked pasta, then sprinkle on a few more sliced chillies before serving.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP When cooking pasta, it’s always a good idea to reserve some of the pasta cooking water, when you drain the pasta. You can then use a few splashes of the pasta cooking water to make your pasta sauce go a little further.

Buffalo pasta in a silver pan, being stirred, using a wooden spoon. The pan is on a light grey surface.

🍽️ What to serve it with

This is a perfect meal just by itself but if you wanted to you could serve it with:

Look at that!! Creamy, hot, tangy, rich, a bit of crunch too. It’s got it ALL!!

Buffalo chicken pasta on a white plate, on a light grey background.

The inspiration for this recipe comes from Mike’s Buffalo Pasta recipe at Chili Pepper Madness.
I made it a couple of years ago (the first time I’d ever tried Buffalo Pasta) and was totally hooked.
Mike’s version is a lot hotter than mine – so if you like it REALLY spicy, give that one a go too. Totally recommended, Mike is the king of spicy food!

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4.86 from 7 votes

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Recipe

Cajun spiced chicken with pasta and peppers in a tangy, creamy hot sauce. An easy 20 minute dinner, packed with loads of flavour.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American


  • 300 g (10.5 oz) pasta shapes such as penne
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 3 chicken breasts chopped into bitesize pieces (this is about 525g or 18.5oz)
  • 1 tbsp Cajun spice mix
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 chicken stock cube crumbled
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 onion peeled and sliced
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper sliced
  • 2 jalapenos (or medium heat green chillies) sliced
  • small bunch spring onions roughly chopped
  • 60 ml hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 100 ml (1/3 cup + 1 tbsp) double (heavy) cream
  • 50 g (1/2 cup) parmesan cheese grated

To Serve:

  • 1 jalapeno (or medium heat green chilli) sliced
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  • Cook the pasta as per the packet instructions. Once cooked, drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.
    300 g (10.5 oz) pasta shapes
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat.
    1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • Add the chicken to the pan and sprinkle over the Cajun spice and black pepper.
    3 chicken breasts, 1 tbsp Cajun spice mix, ½ tsp black pepper
  • Stir to coat the chicken and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is sealed and nearly cooked through.
  • Sprinkle over the crumbled stock cube and stir together.
    1 chicken stock cube
  • Add the garlic, onion, red and yellow pepper, and the sliced jalapenos.
    2 cloves garlic, 1 onion, 1 red pepper, 1 yellow pepper, 2 jalapenos (or medium heat green chillies)
  • Stir together and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the onion softens slightly.
  • Add in the spring onions, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, cream, and parmesan cheese.
    small bunch spring onions, 60 ml hot pepper sauce, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp cider vinegar, 100 ml (1/3 cup + 1 tbsp) double (heavy) cream, 50 g (1/2 cup) parmesan cheese
  • Stir together and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 4-5 minutes, until the chicken is fully cooked through.
  • By now the pasta should be ready. Add the pasta to the pan with the chicken and stir together.
  • Add in splashes of the pasta cooking water if you would like to loosen the sauce a little.
  • Divide the pasta between bowls and top with sliced jalapeno before serving.
    1 jalapeno (or medium heat green chilli)



Can I make it ahead?
I think this tastes best when made and served immediately. That’s when you’re going to get the creamiest sauce.
Reheating pasta in a creamy sauce can sometimes cause any oils in the sauce to separate, leading to a slightly more oily, rather than creamy taste. 
However! you can liven it up again on reheating, by adding in an extra splash of cream and an extra sprinkling of parmesan.
I also LOVE this dish served cold for lunch the next day as the basis for a GREAT pasta salad. Just throw in some baby salad leaves and chopped tomatoes and you’re done.
If you are looking to make ahead, or reheat leftovers, then make the dish, quickly cool, cover and refrigerate.
Reheat (with extra cream and parmesan) in a microwave for 3-4 minutes, or in a lidded saucepan, over a low heat, for about 6-7 minutes, until the chicken and pasta are piping hot throughout. You’ll need to stir a couple of times during reheating too.
Can I freeze it?
Same rules apply as above. Cook, quickly cool, cover and freeze. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat as per the instructions above.
Ingredient swaps
  • I sometimes like to halve the parmesan, and just before serving, sprinkle over crumbled Lancashire or aged Cheddar cheese. Trust me, those little nuggets of cheese with that spice chicken are amazing! If you’re a fan of blue cheese, then crumbled Stilton is a great (and more traditional) option too.
  • Chris recently made this for him and the kids while I was away, and he sprinkled crispy bacon on top at the end. I’ve been told it was even better than my version (aren’t kids lovely!). So I guess bacon is also the way to go!
  • This dish can easily take an extra couple of vegetables. Peas, courgette and mange tout work great.
Nutritional information is per serving (this recipe serves 4).


Calories: 693kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 1085mg | Potassium: 1156mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2612IU | Vitamin C: 123mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Elaine Barrett says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely yummy and so easy! Made it for dinner and next day my partner asked if we could have it for dinner again (already ate leftovers for lunch) I also like the fact that the spices will be in your cupboard after the first meal so not much to buy after that. I substituted sour cream for cream as that was already in the fridge. Perfect! First t time I have cookies Mexican apart from tacos. 🤣

  2. Dolores Johnston says:

    5 stars
    Shall try it tomorrow Sounds delicious Thank you

  3. Caroline Quinn says:

    5 stars
    So delicious. Fed it to someone not too convinced about pasta in general and according to them, they eat it every day if they could.

  4. TheThalthali says:

    Just say thanks for the information and it will be really useful. Be safe and happy.

  5. Caroline Quinn says:

    5 stars
    Delicious, Nicky. I loved the hot but not too hot sauce which was: tasty, creamy, spicy and delicious.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Maria says:

    5 stars
    Wow Nicky, this recipe was super delicious. No wonder you have it on high rotation at your place!
    I added sliced mushrooms and it was perfect 😋

  7. Judy says:

    4 stars
    I can only sriracha hot sauce. Why can I not use it?

  8. Rae says:

    5 stars
    Just tried this recipe it is a WINNER!

    Spices are just great easy to make and rewarding in taste.