Spicy food can be quite polarizing, but it seems like even the pickiest of eaters can make exceptions for the salty, tangy perfection that is buffalo sauce. There’s just something about cayenne pepper’s ability to heighten a dish and pair with meats and cheeses that makes it a taste bud sensation.
Since frying food can be both intimidating and unhealthy, we’ve rounded up 12 buffalo chicken recipes that aren’t traditional wings. From sliders and salads to dips and even pasta, there’s bound to be a dish that brings your level of heat.
Buffalo Chicken Sliders
If burger night just isn’t cutting it, swap your patty with chicken and douse it in everyone’s favorite spicy sauce. Be sure to bring extra ingredients because your friends will inevitably want to follow suit.
Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese
Need to eat more vegetables? Here’s your excuse. Your carrots, celery, and broccoli have never tasted better. Get the recipe.
Braised Buffalo Chicken Thighs
Buffalo Chicken Nachos
Altering classic nachos is sacrilege, but entirely worth it if that alteration is in the form of buffalo chicken and bleu cheese. Pile on the sour cream for an even creamier bite. Get the recipe.
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Bread
Frankly, you can stuff any ingredient, sweet or savory, into bread and it will probably taste amazing. This isn’t an opinion, it’s a fact. Get the recipe.
Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Bleu Cheese Cole Slaw
Chicken tenders are inarguably one of the best finger foods of all time, so it only makes sense to season them with buffalo sauce and fry them up for easy eating. Get the recipe.
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Buffalo Chicken Pasta
If you’re concerned about your pasta expertise, have no fear. This recipe utilizes a slow cooker that simplifies the cooking process, leaving you more time to drink that delicious bottle of red. Get the recipe.
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
That’s one spicy meatball! Actually, that’s many spicy meatballs, all of which you can put on a hoagie, toss with spaghetti, or eat with a fork. Get the recipe.
Buffalo Chicken Soup
Buffalo Chicken Chopped Salad