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What is Buffalo Chicken?
Traditionally, buffalo chicken refers to chicken wings that have been deep fried and tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce. The sauce is made from mixing cayenne pepper sauce and melted butter. The sauce can range from mild to super spicy and the chicken is usually served along side a dish of blue cheese dip or ranch dressing.
Buffalo chicken wings have become a staple on appetizer platters and are one of the most popular foods served on game day.
But over the years buffalo chicken has evolved to take on many forms from sandwiches and wraps to creamy pasta dishes and casseroles, and even soups and salads.
We’ve compiled a list of more than 40 buffalo chicken recipes we think you need to try.
Buffalo Chicken Appetizers and Share Plates
Buffalo chicken is one of those items that everyone looks for when they think of an appetizer platter.
The spicy chicken, along with creamy blue cheese or ranch dip is a party classic. It is also a game day staple.
But along with everyone’s favourite chicken wing, there are endless other options to serve. Jalapeño poppers, spicy buffalo chicken dip, tater tot nachos, and buffalo chicken pizza are just some of the options we think you need to try.
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Mini Peppers
Mini bell peppers are stuffed with spicy buffalo chicken, topped with cheese and baked until hot and bubbly. These bite size snacks are quick and easy. A fun addition to any appetizer platter.
Crispy tater tots with layers of spicy buffalo chicken and cheese, topped with blue cheese dressing, crumbled blue cheese and green onion. These tater tot nachos are quick and easy and are great as a meal or for sharing with friends.
This creamy and cheesy buffalo chicken dip is made with just 5 ingredients! With just the right amount of spice, this buffalo chicken dip is a perfect sharing appetizer. It is quick and easy to make and is sure to be devoured.
These little treats are the perfect make ahead appetizer. Shredded chicken, brown sugar and buffalo sauce are piled onto a bite sized, roasted sweet potato rounds! They are quick and easy and make a nice addition to any appetizer platter.
This pizza is a fun twist on the classic buffalo chicken recipe. Pizza crust is topped with spicy sauce, chicken and cheese then baked to perfection. This delicious pizza is the perfect choice for your next pizza night.
If you are looking for a twist on buffalo chicken dip this is it! This spicy dip is served in a hollowed out bread bowl then smoked adding an extra level of flavour. Be sure to make lots, it will disappear quickly!
We love buffalo chicken no matter how it is cooked. Baking or grilling chicken is a great alternative to frying. Baking is quick and easy and grilling adds great flavour from the charring and slight smokiness.
It is also great when you want to cook larger batches all at once to feed a crowd or to have leftovers in the fridge to use throughout the week.
Grilled or baked chicken breast is great sliced and served in sandwiches or wraps or on top of a salad.
Grilled Buffalo Chicken
This grilled buffalo chicken is full of flavour. It is simply seasoned with the perfect amount of spice and and can be served as is or sliced and added to salads, wraps or sandwiches. It is quick, easy and delicious.
These buffalo wings are baked, not fried. Made with minimal ingredients they are full of flavour and perfect for a meal or appetizer. Make sure to serve with a dish of blue cheese or ranch for dipping.
This quick, 3-ingredient recipe makes the perfect weeknight meal. Tender chicken breasts are smothered in buffalo sauce and cheese then baked to perfection. Serve with a simple side for a complete meal.
Instead of frying your chicken wings, why not grill them? These buffalo wings are the perfect addition to any appetizer platter. They are an excellent choice for game day or anytime you are feeling like spicy wings.
While buffalo chicken is often thought of in the form of wings, it makes a great flavour base for things like pastas and casseroles.
The spicy chicken, combined with various cheeses and sauce is a delicious addition to Mac & cheese, stuffed pasta, rice dishes, and even vegetarian dishes like spaghetti squash and cauliflower rice.
We’ve collected a few of our favourite pastas and baked dishes we think you will love.
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells
These pasta shells are filled with buffalo chicken and cheese and then baked until hot and bubbly. This dish is simple to make and uses just six ingredients. Ready in about 40 minutes it is a perfect weeknight meal.
This creamy macaroni and cheese, with spicy buffalo sauce, combines two of your favourite comfort foods into one amazing dish! This dish is perfect to serve on game day or anytime you feel like a comforting, spicy meal.
This buffalo chicken pasta is an easy one-pot dish that you will be making again and again. This pasta is filled with chicken, blue cheese, and creamy buffalo sauce. It can be made with leftover or store-bought rotisserie chicken making it a quick meal for busy weeknights.
This amazing cheesy casserole combines spicy buffalo chicken with tender spaghetti squash. Made with only 6 simple ingredients, this keto buffalo chicken spaghetti squash casserole makes a healthy, comforting meal.
This creamy buffalo chicken pasta has all the flavours of spicy buffalo chicken wings in a delicious pasta dish. This pasta is full of spicy buffalo chicken, diced onion, cream cheese, hot sauce, and loads of shredded cheese. It is easy to make and is on the table in just 30 minutes.
These easy to make stuffed zucchini boats are stuffed with spicy buffalo chicken, smothered in cheese and baked to perfection. They are packed with flavour and make a perfect meal any night of the week.
If you have an instant pot and have not yet used it for making buffalo chicken you’ve been missing out on some great recipes.
The instant pot is great for recipes such as shredded chicken, creamy Mac and cheese, and comforting soups and chilies.
The dump and go convenience of the instant pot makes these recipes perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have time to stand over the stove.
We use the 6qt Instant Pot Duo, which is a nice size for the average family without taking up too much space in the kitchen.
Instant Pot No Fail Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
These buffalo chicken meatballs are a no fail recipe that is cooked in the instant pot. These meatballs have just the right amount of heat. They can be served alone, drizzled with blue cheese dressing, or served as a main meal with rice or potatoes. They also make an excellent dish to bring to your next potluck.
Instant Pot buffalo chicken chili is a delicious twist on the classic buffalo wings. This hands-off meal is made with simple ingredients, yet it is full of flavour. The leftovers keep well and make a delicious grab and go lunch.
Instant pot buffalo chicken and rice is a meal you definitely need to try. It combines spicy buffalo chicken, long grain rice and ranch dressing for a quick and easy one-pot meal. With simple ingredients and minimal clean-up you will be making this again and again.
The basic instant pot Mac and cheese is transformed with the addition of spicy buffalo chicken. This buffalo chicken mac and cheese is made with simple ingredients. It is ready in just 30 minutes and makes the perfect weeknight meal.
Instant pot shredded buffalo chicken is an easy dump and go recipe. The chicken has just the right amount of heat and can be used for sandwiches or wraps or served on top of pasta. It is spicy, creamy and delicious.
So many people have air fryers in their kitchen and these little countertop units are a great way to cook chicken.
When cooked in the air fryer chicken gets nice and crisp on the outside while staying juicy and tender on the inside. It also cooks a lot faster than most other methods. It is a great alternative to deep frying as it doesn’t use as much oil or get as hot, making it both a bit healthier and safer.
We love it for chicken pieces such as drumsticks and wings, as well as bite sized appetizers and finger foods such as boneless bites and crispy spring rolls.
If you haven’t used an air fryer before and are looking to get started our favourite is the Cosori 5.8qt air fryer.
Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks
These drumsticks are coated in a simple seasoning then cooked in the air fryer until crisp. Then they are tossed in spicy buffalo sauce. These chicken drumsticks are a great alternative to wings and perfect as a main meal.
These buffalo chicken spring rolls start with cooked shredded chicken, spicy buffalo sauce and creamy blue cheese. Then it is wrapped in a spring roll and cooked in the air fryer until crisp. Serve with a dish of blue cheese dressing for dipping.
These buffalo chicken bites start with boneless, skinless chicken breast that has been cut into bite size pieces and coated in Panko breadcrumbs. They are cooked in the air fryer until golden and crisp and served drizzled with spicy buffalo sauce. This is a recipe the whole family will love.
When I think of buffalo chicken sandwiches and wraps I think of the ultimate pub food.
A nice crusty bun filled with sauce drenched chicken and creamy blue cheese, or a soft flour tortilla filled with fresh lettuce, spicy crispy chicken strips and ranch dressing.
But buffalo chicken sandwiches and wraps don’t have to be limited to pubs and restaurants. They are so easy to make at home and make a delicious dinner the whole family can enjoy.
Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sliders
A quick and easy meal that starts with store-bought rotisserie chicken that has been tossed in spicy buffalo sauce. Just add it to a hamburger bun, drizzle with your favourite dressing and dinner is served. Perfect for busy weeknights.
Crispy panko coated chicken tenders are baked and tossed in buffalo sauce then wrapped in a soft flour tortilla along with lettuce and blue cheese dressing. These delicious wraps are perfect for lunch or dinner and are great hot or cold.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders is the perfect meal to serve a crowd. Tender, shredded chicken is tossed in Frank’s wing sauce and topped with creamy Ranch dressing and served on a soft slider bun. These will disappear quickly!
Buffalo chicken and grilled cheese sandwiches may be one of the best food combos ever. Spicy buffalo chicken and cheese sandwiched between buttery bread and grilled until everything is hot and toasted. Does it get any better?
Buffalo chicken lettuce wraps are a fun, low-carb meal the whole family will love. Starting with spicy, shredded chicken that has been cooked in the instant pot, it is served with fresh lettuce leaves, crunchy veggies and creamy ranch dressing. Quick and easy!
If you are looking for a lighter way to enjoy your favourite spicy chicken then a buffalo chicken salad or soup is a great way to do it.
The spicy chicken and creamy dressing is a great pairing to fresh, crisp veggies and it can be served as a complete meal for lunch or dinner.
Buffalo chicken soups are warm and comforting and perfect for a lighter meal on a cool day.
Crispy Buffalo Chicken Salad
Buffalo Chicken Salad has everything you need and want in a salad. Starting with fresh lettuce and chopped veggies, it is topped with crispy buffalo chicken and crumbled blue cheese. It is sure to become a favourite.
Buffalo Chicken Salad Recipe: A Low-Carb And Low-Calorie Salad
A delicious, fresh salad topped with spicy buffalo chicken and creamy dressing. The chicken is tossed in a homemade buffalo sauce that is full of flavour. This salad is a great way to enjoy your favourite, spicy chicken dish in a healthy, filling salad.
A delicious pasta salad filled with spicy buffalo chicken and a creamy ranch dressing. This fun twist on a cold macaroni salad is perfect for your next potluck or cookout. It is sure to please a crowd.