14 Buffalo Chicken Recipe Ideas That Give Game Day a Kick

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul

Buffalo chicken is a game-day classic, especially when combined with blue cheese dressing and a side of carrots and celery. Wings are always a party pleaser, but there are so many other great recipes featuring the same great spicy flavor. With ideas for buffalo chicken mac and cheese and delicious buffalo chicken dip, here are 15 ways to enjoy red hot buffalo chicken.

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Buffalo-Style Chicken Sandwich

Buffalo-Style Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Carson Downing

This fried buffalo chicken sandwich rivals what you'd find on a restaurant menu. Battered in hot sauce-infused buttermilk and dredged in seasoned flour, this piece of chicken packs a punch. Serve it on a bun with more hot sauce, slaw, and crumbled blue cheese.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip
Andy Lyons

This creamy, rich buffalo chicken dip is everything we love about buffalo chicken in dip form. Dump cooked chicken, cream cheese, sour cream, buffalo wing sauce, crumbled blue cheese, and ranch dressing mix into a slow cooker. Cover and cook for two-and-a-half to three hours and you have the perfect quick and easy hot dip for the big game.

Buy It: Crock-Pot 2-Quart Slow Cooker ($15, Target)

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Make-Ahead Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Make-Ahead Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Blaine Moats

Buffalo chicken sliders are the perfect bite-sized version of the beloved buffalo chicken sandwich. This recipe comes with a bonus, these buffalo chicken sliders can be made in advance. The ground chicken patties can be frozen for up to six months, so they are perfect for last minute game-watching get-togethers. Simply defrost and cook for 12 minutes before putting on a bun with the good stuff like Frank's Red Hot sauce, blue cheese, mayonnaise, and coleslaw.

Buy It: Frank's Hot Sauce ($5, Target)

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Buffalo-Ranch Mac and Cheese

Buffalo-Ranch Macaroni Cheese
Karla Conrad

This recipe takes two favorite game-day flavors and combines them in one awesome slow cooker macaroni and cheese. Add in chicken for an esay Buffalo chicken mac and cheese or keep it vegetarian for your plant-based partygoers. For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable liner and you'll have more time to enjoy with friends and family.

Buy It: Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners ($3, Target)

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Buffalo Chicken and Rice

Buffalo Chicken and Rice
Jacob Fox

Buffalo chicken isn't just for game day, the flavors can jazz up any weeknight dinner. This spin on chicken and rice is a healthier buffalo chicken recipe. Brown rice and vegetables lighten up this deconstructed buffalo chicken casserole.

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Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Buffalo Chicken Burgers
Greg Luna

Put a twist on burger night with these buffalo chicken burgers perfect to be made indoors in a skillet or outdoors on the grill. The buffalo wing sauce moistens the ground chicken and gives it a nice boost of flavor. Mix together sour cream, mayonnaise, and blue cheese for a blue cheese dressing to tame the heat. Top with fresh lettuce and tomato.

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Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas
Kritsada Panichgul

For a fun twist on a game-day classic, try this buffalo chicken quesadilla recipe. It takes the traditional flavors with hot sauce and blue cheese, stuffed in a cheesy flour tortilla. Serve with ranch or blue cheese with carrots and celery on the side and you'll have yourself a winning appetizer.

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Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pizzas
Andy Lyons

These super simple buffalo chicken pizzas use ready-made ingredients for a quick weeknight dinner or mid-day snack. Pre-cooked chicken strips, pita bread, and blue cheese dressing are all you need for the base. Top with celery, hot sauce, and blue cheese crumbles and you'll be ready to go in twenty minutes or less.

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Spicy Buffalo Chicken Salad

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Salad
Jason Donnelly

This spicy buffalo chicken salad incorporates all the great flavors of buffalo chicken wings with a healthy twist. Sliced marinated chicken breast tops a bed of cabbage, carrots, and celery. Top with a bit of spicy blue cheese dressing and blue cheese crumbles for some extra indulgence.

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Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Buffalo Chicken Wrap
Matthew Clark

A wrap makes for an easy lunch, and this buffalo chicken wrap is no exception. Layer this one with chicken coated in hot pepper sauce, lettuce (or whatever greens you have), tomato, Monterey Jack cheese, and bacon. Wrap tightly and indulge or wrap in plastic wrap in the fridge for up to 24 hours for a grab-and-go lunch.

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Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks

Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks with Blue Cheese Dip
Blaine Moats

These classic buffalo wing drumsticks are the perfect dish to add to your slow cooker chicken recipe lineup. Let them simmer in the slow cooker overnight or cook on high while you get everything ready for the big game. The result is a tender drumstick that pairs perfectly with blue cheese dip and a side of celery and carrot sticks.

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Buffalo Chicken Soup

Buffalo Chicken Soup
Andy Lyons

Soup may not be the first buffalo chicken recipe that comes to mind, but if you are in the mood for a cozy, warm, and cheesy dinner, this soup will satisfy your cravings. It comes together quickly with deli roasted or rotisserie chicken and canned broth. Hot sauce adds just a hint of that buffalo flavor to break up the richness and add some heat.

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Buffalo Chicken Wings

Buffalo Wings
Scott Little

Buffalo chicken wings started off the buffalo chicken craze, and for good reason. They are the quintessential game-day food. This version is broiled not fried, so you'll still get the crispy skin without the added fat. Serve platters with blue cheese dip or make a variety of wings to appease the crowd.

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Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad

Buffalo Chicken Cobb
Andy Lyons

Two classics—cobb salad and buffalo chicken—collide to make this salad. This recipe comes together in a snap using frozen boneless wings, romaine, celery, and a creamy blue cheese dressing.

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