Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

The great sandwich debate is open in our homes recently. Some of us love sandwiches and others, not so much. The one thing we can agree upon is that everyone in our homes loves some sort of buffalo chicken. We set to find a happy medium with this buffalo fried chicken sandwich. We have infused this sandwich with spice, it’s everywhere from the buffalo infused egg wash to the breading of the chicken to the jalapeno ranch dressing. The result is a finger licking good sandwich that is everyone in the family can enjoy.

Buffalo Fried Chicken Sandwich

  • Servings: 4 sandwiches
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A spicy buffalo chicken sandwich perfect for a summer time dinner or game day entrée.

Spicy Ranch Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbs ranch dressing seasoning
  • 1/2 jalapeno, diced (if you prefer less spicy, ditch the seeds – more spicy? do a full jalapeno)
  • 1/2 English cucumber, diced

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into 1 inch tenders
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cups buffalo sauce (we used Blonde Beard’s Chicken and Waffles)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 brioche buns
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • iceberg lettuce, cleaned and cut into large pieces

Directions

  1. Make the spicy ranch dressing. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients (yogurt, seasoning, jalapeno and cucumber). Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Set aside in the refrigerator.
  2. Prepare your breading workstation. Use three separate shallow bowls and fill them with the flour, eggs and bread crumbs – separately. Scramble the eggs with 2 tbs buffalo sauce. Season each of the three bowls with salt and pepper.
  3. Use one hand for dry ingredients and one hand for wet ingredients and place one chicken tender in flour, egg mixture and bread crumbs in that order. Make sure the tender is fully covered in each ingredient before moving it on to the next step. Once the chicken tender is coated with bread crumbs, set aside. Repeat until all chicken tenders are breaded.
  4. In a 2″ pan, heat the canola oil until it is very hot. You will know it is ready if you put a splash of water from your hand it immediate sizzles. Once hot, add the chicken tenders and fry for 4 minutes on each side. The chicken tenders should become crispy and golden. Remove from the pan and place on a paper towel to allow the grease to drain.
  5. When all chicken tenders have been cooked, place the chicken tenders in a bowl and toss with the remaining buffalo sauce until the chicken tenders are thoroughly coated with sauce.
  6. Assemble the sandwiches. Spread a generous amount of the spicy ranch dressing on the top bun. Layer a few pieces of the chicken, lettuce and onion on the bottom bun. Add additional hot sauce as desired. Serve immediately.


Buffalo Chicken Pizza

As we mentioned in previous posts, we love a good homemade pizza. Our last pizza recipe was a Spring Grilled Pizza, loaded with asparagus and fresh burrata. It was deemed a “girl pizza” by Tuck & Tate’s dads. To compensate for our vegetable pizza they made this Buffalo Chicken Pizza. It would be too long to title it “Buffalo Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza” but that it what it is. This recipe isn’t going to help you achieve your swimsuit goals but it will bring you much joy. We have grilled this pizza in the photo, but included directions to bake it in the oven below as we already used the oven to bake the chicken and bacon. If you want instructions for grilling your pizza take a look at the Spring Grilled Pizza linked above. 

Buffalo Chicken Pizza  
Makes: 1 large pizza; 4+ servings 
Prep Time: 25 minutes  Total Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb pre-made pizza dough  
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 medium chicken breasts 
  • 2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 2 tsp paprika 
  • 3 slices thick cut bacon 
  • 2 tbs olive oil 
  • 3/4 cup buffalo sauce 
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing 
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 5 scallions, sliced 

Directions for the Oven: 

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with the garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Put the chicken and bacon on a cookie sheet and cook in the oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, check on the bacon to make sure it isn’t too crispy and overcooked. Make sure the chicken is cooked a full 20 minutes before removing from the oven. 
  3. While the chicken and bacon are cooking, use the 1/4 cup flour to scatter across a clean cooking surface. Use a rolling in to roll the dough into an even pizza shape (rectangle or circle is fine). You want the dough to be about 1/2 inch thick and the diameter should be no larger than your largest cookie sheet. Carefully roll the dough onto the rolling pin and onto a cookie sheet. 
  4. When the chicken and bacon have finished cooking, remove them from the oven and increase the temperature of the oven to 475 degrees. When the chicken is cool enough to touch, shred it into bite-sized pieces. Chop the bacon into thin strips and set aside. 
  5. Use a brush to brush the pizza with the olive oil. This helps prevent the crust from being soggy. 
  6. Top the pizza with the pizza toppings- first the buffalo sauce, then the cheese, shredded chicken, and bacon. We like to finish by drizzling the ranch dressing around the pizza. 
  7. Cook the pizza for 15- 20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and the dough is golden brown. Top the pizza with the chopped scallions and let the pizza rest for a few minutes before slicing.  

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip was not something that Tuck’s mom was familiar with until she met Tuck’s dad. He is obsessed with buffalo chicken and will eat it in wrap form, fried chicken form, but most beloved, in dip form. There are countless ways to make this dip, and we consider this the indulgent but mostly healthy version. What we like about this recipe is that for all of its creaminess, Greek yogurt is the base of the dip, which means you can snack away guilt free while plopped in front of the TV watching the Super Bowl this Sunday.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Makes: 8+ appetizer servings

Active Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 large chicken breasts (about 1.25 lbs)
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 yellow onion, small dice
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Ingredients for Bread Crumbs:

  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 4 tbs butter, melted
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the water to a simmer and add the chicken breasts to the pot. Cook for 12 minutes, or until the chicken is just cooked through. If the chicken is slightly under cooked, no worries, you will be cooking it again in the oven later. Remove the chicken from the pot and set on a cutting board. When the chicken is cool enough to touch, shred it with two forks or finely chop into small pieces.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet on medium heat. Add the butter to the pan. When it has melted, add the onion and saute for 4-5 minutes, or until the onions start to become translucent. Add the garlic and saute another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and Frank’s Hot Sauce to the pan. Stir gradually and cook until the the cream cheese has completely melted. Add the chicken, stir everything well, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce the heat to low.
  5. Make the breadcrumbs by combining all of the bread crumb ingredients in a bowl (bread crumbs – scallions). Use your hands to gently mix everything together- it should have the consistency of wet sand. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  6. Spread the chicken dip with a spatula so that everything is in an even layer. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over top and put in the oven. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the dip is bubbling underneath the bread crumbs. Serve immediately with tortilla chips and celery.