Buffalo Chicken is traditionally nothing more than deep-fried chicken wings tossed with hot sauce and butter. However, while wings are great (as you'll see), there's more to Buffalo Chicken than its bar chow origins suggest. The crowd-pleasing rich and warming flavor profile lends itself to a whole host of dishes. From tacos to meatball sliders to five-ingredient pizza, here are the best recipes for when you want something that's a little saucy, a bit spicy, and a whole lot of what you're craving for dinner tonight.
Layered Buffalo Chicken DipThis buffalo chicken dip is a completely homemade labor of love, and your guests will fall head over heels for this incredible appetizer.
Grilled Buffalo Chicken TacosHow you win a weeknight: take the finger-licking beauty of eating Buffalo wings and wrap it in a tortilla. (Bonus: It's less messy, too.)
Buffalo Chicken DrumsticksThese drumsticks are super saucy in the best way possible. They're mild in terms of heat, so if you like a spicier wing, stir in 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper into the sauce.
Buffalo Chicken BurgersRolled in Buffalo sauce prior to being grilled, these are somewhere between a wing and a burger. They're the perfect vehicle for celery salad—and, of course, blue cheese. You won't miss the bun.
Buffalo Chicken Pot StickersThese are the perfect snack or appetizer. Don't be surprised when the disappear faster than you can say "Buffalo chicken."
Buffalo Chicken PizzaThis five-ingredient pizza uses pre-baked Italian pizza crust and deli-roasted whole chicken, making weeknight dinner a whole lot easier.
Buffalo Chicken SlidersIncluding carrots and celery inside the patty gives you all the flavors of a wing plate while also helping to keep the lean burger moist. When shredding celery, you'll have to occasionally stop to pull and discard the strings (trust us, it's worth it). Choose celery with nice, fresh leaves still attached, as they go perfectly atop the burger.
Buffalo Chicken SaladThe saucy chicken strips, crisp carrots, and celery are made better only by the tangy, pungent buttermilk-blue cheese dressing. You can drizzle the dressing on the salad or serve it alongside for dipping. For a more filling meal, serve with toasted baguette slices.
Buffalo Chicken PaniniYou don't need a panini maker to for this easy, 5-ingredient sandwich. A grill pan and a heavy skillet will do.
Buffalo Chicken SkewersThese get points for flavor and presentation and are the perfect party appetizer. Use any leftover chicken in a sandwich or wrap for lunch the next day.
Buffalo Chicken Meatball SlidersMeatballs are fun—and so is a cool, crunchy celery and fresh parsley leaves topping. Don't forget the Blue Cheese Sauce, as it tames the hot sauce's heat.
Buffalo Chicken ThighsAdd a side of celery sticks and light ranch dressing and you've got an upgrade on the classic flavor combination (and dinner tonight).
Garlic-Buffalo DrumettesBy steaming and then sautéing the wings, you eliminate the need to (and hassle of) frying. Brown the chicken in batches if the skillet gets too crowded.