If you’ve ever wasted 15 minutes at the grocery store reading every Pasta Roni label, then you know it’s an exercise in dairy-free futility. Or at least it was. They’ve finally released a new flavor that’s made without any milk or soy ingredients, and it’s available in both their rice and pasta line. Yes, it’s Buffalo Chicken and it really is made without butter, milk, or cream!
Pasta Roni and Rice-a-Roni get Saucy with Dairy-Free Buffalo Chicken
Since this is the only current Pasta Roni flavor without milk, I’ve included their pasta and rice dishes together in this post. They have several other Rice-a-Roni options, which I’ve also listed here.
Please note that the directions on Rice-a-Roni and Pasta Roni call for “butter or margarine” and milk. You will need to use dairy-free butter spread, sticks, or margarine and dairy-free milk beverage to keep this dairy-free. We think lite canned coconut milk would also be delicious in place of the milk in the Buffalo Chicken!
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Roni
Ingredients: wheat flour, maltodextrin, salt, cayenne red pepper, vinegar, sugar, yeast extract, modified corn starch, citric acid, garlic powder, paprika extract (color), natural flavor, chicken broth, chicken powder, chicken fat, iron, niacinamide, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid. contains: wheat.
Nutrition (per 1/3 package unprepared): 180 calories, .5g fat, 40g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g sugars (includes <1g added sugars), 7g protein.*
Buffalo Chicken Rice-a-Roni
Ingredients: rice, maltodextrin, salt, cayenne red pepper, vinegar, sugar, yeast extract, modified corn starch, citric acid, garlic powder, paprika extract (color), natural flavor, chicken broth, chicken powder, chicken fat, iron, niacinamide, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid.
Nutrition (per 1/3 package unprepared): 190 calories, 0g fat, 43g carbs, <1g fiber, <1g sugars (includes <1g added sugars), 4g protein.*
More Dairy-Free Rice-a-Roni Flavors*
- Chicken (contains soy and wheat)
- Chicken & Broccoli (contains soy and wheat)
- Chicken & Garlic (contains wheat)
- Cilantro Lime (contains soy and wheat)
- Long Grain & Wild Rice (contains soy and wheat)
- Lower Sodium Chicken (contains soy and wheat)
- Mexican Style (contains soy and wheat)
- Spanish (contains soy and wheat)
More Facts on Pasta Roni and Rice-a-Roni
Price: $1.67 per 5.5-ounce box
Availability: Pasta Roni and Rice-a-Roni is sold at Target, Walmart, Meijer, and most other conventional grocers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Certifications: We did not note any certifications on Pasta Roni or Rice-a-Roni.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, the dairy-free varieties of Pasta Roni and Rice-a-Roni are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, and peanut-free. Select flavors are soy-free. *
For More Product Information: Visit the Rice-a-Roni website at www.ricearoni.com. This is a Golden Grain Company brand, owned by PepsiCo.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.