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Healthy Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

I made this recipe recently, and loved it… but knew that there could be some healthy substitutions… Chobani to the Rescue!

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Instead of using the Ranch from the store, I made my own healthier version of the ranch dressing using Chobani.

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad with Chobani

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 6-10 (I’d cut the recipe in half next time and still have a ton of leftovers)

1 box of pasta noodles – To make it healthier I used brown rice pasta noodles.
5 stalks of celery, diced (cutting takes a while!)
1/2 red onion, diced (cutting takes a while!)
1 rotisserie chicken – shredded
1 1/2 containers of Chobani – plain
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
a couple of grinds of Lemon Pepper Seasoning to your taste
Salt and Pepper to Taste
3/4 bottle of Tabasco buffalo sauce (mix in slowly to your taste… it can get spicy quick!)

Prepare noodles as usual. When draining the water, pour cold water over your noodles to cool them down and stop them from cooking. Shred the chicken, and cut up both the onion and celery.


Make your ‘ranch’ by putting mixing together the Chobani, the Lemon Pepper Seasoning, the Olive Oil and the Salt and Pepper. You can always thin out the ranch even more by adding more olive oil and lemon juice.


Put rest of ingredients, minus the noodles, in a big bowl and mix together. I used my (clean) hands because all the ingredients didn’t fit in my bowl and it was really hard to mix. I liked mixing everything but the noodles together first, and then mixing it in with the noodles, to get the chicken coated well.


Mix in with the noodles and serve chilled. I actually like mine the day after because it seems to marinate in the seasoning and get even better with time!

Everyone said it was delicious and tasted just like the first time I made it! This is going to be my go-to easy to make dish for potlucks and parties all summer long!


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  • Reply Emily

    Yum, thanks for sharing!! I am for sure making this for my next BBQ, love the Chobani substitution.

    June 29, 2013 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Evelina Micall

    Wow! I also love pasta salad but I’ve never tried this particular recipe. It looks so delicious and easy to do. ! I would like to try it. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

    June 30, 2013 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Natalie @ Twenty-Something Talk

    Oh my goodness, this looks great! Definitely like something that would make me very popular with my boyfriend, he can’t get enough of the “buffalo” flavor! :)

    June 30, 2013 at 6:37 pm
  • Reply Lenny Polley

    This recipe looks so yummy! It is so easy to do. My kids love pasta and I’m sure they will like this. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks a ton! :-)

    July 5, 2013 at 9:32 am
  • Reply kristin miller

    This looks PERFECT!!! I can’t wait to try it! Plus I LOVE that it doesn’t have mayo, which I despise!

    July 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Kris

    What a great recipe! I love the “bad” version of this sold in grocery stores, and this is even better! I stuck very close to the recipe and just added some more veggies that I happen to have on hand (grated carrots, red peppers, scallion) and a little bit of blue cheese. I don’t think it needed any of these things. I’ll definitely make this a go-to recipe! So often the yogurt replacements don’t totally do the trick, but your addition of olive oil and lemon was genius. Thanks so much for sharing!

    August 9, 2014 at 3:59 pm
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