If you're a fan of buffalo chicken dip, then this Chicken Baked Ziti is on point! It's a hearty pasta casserole combined with delicious shredded chicken, in an addictive buffalo sauce, topped with cheese. What's not to love?
Cook the ziti according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside the pasta.
In a large skillet over medium heat melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk together with the butter. Add milk and whisk until combined and no clumps remain. Simmer until the sauce becomes thick, about 3 - 4 minutes.
Add the cream cheese to the skillet and stir it into the mixture. You may need to use a spoon or spatula to break up your cream cheese.
Add the ranch seasoning and hot sauce to the skillet and stir.
Mix the chicken and then the noodles into the sauce in the skillet. Stir until coated.
Pour the mixture into a 9 x 13” baking dish. Sprinkle cheese on top.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and lightly golden brown. Serve immediately and optionally top with parsley.
You can substitute your favorite cheese on top of this recipe: sharp cheddar or white cheddar cheese are tasty alternatives.
This recipe has a medium spice level - if you prefer, you can add a little more or less hot sauce to adjust it to your own preference.