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.
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. Get our Buffalo Chicken Sliders recipe.
They say you shouldn’t mess up a good thing when you have it. A grilled cheese is a good thing, but “messing it up” with buffalo chicken is entirely worth it. Get our Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese recipe.
Need to eat more vegetables? Here’s your excuse. Your carrots, celery, and broccoli have never tasted better. Get our Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe.
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Those in search of a fancy upgrade to basic buffalo chicken, look no further. This braised variety will have your dinner guests wondering if they’re at a BBQ or a 5-star restaurant. Get our Braised Buffalo Chicken Thighs recipe.
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 Buffalo Chicken Nachos recipe.
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 Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Bread recipe.
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 our Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Blue Cheese Cole Slaw recipe.
While true Italians may find this variation blasphemous to the pizza gods (and Italy, perhaps), there’s no denying that its flavor profile is anything short of delicious. Get the Buffalo Chicken Pizza recipe.
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 Buffalo Chicken Pasta recipe.
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 Buffalo Chicken Meatballs recipe.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a salad. Lucky for you, we’ve included one of the best: a veggie-heavy chopped variety with cucumber, avocado, and tomatoes. Get the Buffalo Chicken Chopped Salad recipe.
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