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When it comes to eating something new, do you make a food memory of the experience?
I know I sure do. To me, it’s that first taste of a new food that will always hold strong in my mind.
Well, the first experience where I actually like the food, I should say.
For example, I used to hate tomatoes with a fiery passion. I remember the first time I ate bruschetta and actually enjoyed the experience of eating a fresh tomato for the first time.
I can still smell the basil. I can picture myself on that rooftop. I can feel the sun on my skin.
Anytime I have that flavor on my taste buds, I am transported back to that moment in time.
Buffalo chicken brings back a very specific memory for me. I was on a random first date at a bar, playing pool.
I had never eaten chicken wings before, and there, in the dim light of the pool tables, I had my first spicy taste.
My mouth was lit on fire with heat, the flavor was tangy and sort of sweet, and I made a giant mess all over my face and fingers. I didn’t even care what my date thought (perhaps that’s why he didn’t call me again…?).
Every time I bite into something that is Buffalo chicken in any form, I think back to that memory and laugh myself silly. I swear, everything in the world disappears when I am eating something amazing.
Don’t judge me – I am obsessed with food, after all.
Now, I love making wings, but they can take a bit of time to pull together. Sometimes I just want that Buffalo flavor fast. That’s where these Buffalo chicken bites come in.
This is the ideal recipe to make when you have some leftover chicken. It can be leftover rotisserie, or perhaps some shredded chicken that you would normally use to make tacos, or meal prep sandwiches and wraps for the week.
You make a simple Buffalo chicken filling, and this gets wrapped up with some blue cheese inside a wonton wrapper. The bites are baked until they’re crispy and golden brown, no frying necessary.
The flavor of the Buffalo wings that you love is wrapped up inside, then dunked in a blue cheese dip to beat all other dips.
Blue cheese is combined with mayonnaise, sour cream, and cream cheese to make it extra creamy and rich. With a slight bite of green onion, the dip cuts through the spice just like dipping a wing in blue cheese dressing would.
These bites are ideal to make for snacking during the big game, or at any gathering you have coming up throughout the year. They are pretty simple to make, and you can even reheat these bites easily in the oven, making this a tasty potluck option to bring to parties that you aren’t hosting.
Just be sure to give the chicken a taste before you assemble the wonton bites. Everyone’s spice tolerance is different, and you might want to amp it up. The quantity listed in the recipe below makes for a final product that is on the milder side.Print
There’s no need to make wings when you have Buffalo chicken bites with blue cheese dip on your plate. It’s the ideal game day appetizer.
For the Dip:
- 1 Tbsp whole milk
- 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 2/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup chopped green onion, green parts only
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
For the Bites:
- 2 cups cooked and shredded or finely chopped chicken breast
- 1/4 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce (more or less to taste)
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 24 wonton wrappers
- 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese, or your favorite blue cheese dressing
- Olive oil or cooking spray
- Add all ingredients for the blue cheese dip to the bowl of a food processor or high-speed blender. Process until smooth, scraping down the side as necessary. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover, and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve, for at least 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375˚F.
- To assemble the bites, place chicken, hot sauce, and butter in a medium-sized mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
- On a clean work surface, place one wonton wrapper in front of you. Spoon about 1-2 teaspoons of the chicken mixture into each wonton wrapper, keeping it to one half of the wonton, and leaving a border of about ½ inch. Resist the temptation to add too much filling, because you want these to stay intact when you bake them.
- Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of crumbled blue cheese, or drizzle with 1 teaspoon blue cheese dressing.
- Dip your finger in water and wet the edges of the wonton wrapper. Fold the empty side of the wrapper over the chicken mixture, and press together to form a triangle. Press the edges together tightly to seal.
- Repeat with the remaining wrappers, until you run out of filling.
- Arrange on a rimmed baking sheet, with space in between so they do not touch. Spray lightly with olive oil.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Let cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet before serving, alongside the dip.
Keywords: Buffalo chicken, appetizer, wonton, snack, game day
Cooking By the Numbers…
Step 1 – Chop Green Onion, Melt Butter, and Measure Remaining Ingredients
Chop the green parts of the scallions until you have 1/2 cup in total. Reserve the white portions for later use in another recipe.
Melt one tablespoon butter in a small microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. This should take about 15-30 seconds.
Measure out all remaining ingredients as listed on the ingredients list.
Step 2 – Make Dip
Add the ingredients for the dip to the bowl of a food processor or high-speed blender. Puree until smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula as needed.
Spoon into a serving bowl and cover. Chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve, for at least 20 minutes.
Step 3 – Shape and Fill
Preheat your oven to 375˚F.
In a medium bowl, stir together the chicken, hot sauce, and melted butter.
You can use more or less hot sauce according to your personal preference, but keep in mind that you don’t want to go overboard and make the filling too wet.
On a clean work surface, place a wonton wrapper in front of you. Spoon about 1-2 teaspoons of the chicken mixture on one half of the wrapper. Leave about a 1/2-inch edge around the chicken.
Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of blue cheese crumbles, or drizzle with 1 teaspoon of blue cheese dressing.
Again, if you choose the liquid option here, restrain yourself from adding too much because you don’t want the filling mixture to be so wet that it breaks the seal or leaks out the sides of your wrappers.
Dip your finger in water and wet the edges of the wonton all around the perimeter. Fold the empty side of the wrapper over the chicken and cheese, and press to seal to form a triangle.
Place on a rimmed baking sheet, and repeat the filling and shaping process with the remaining wrappers and filling.
Step 4 – Bake
Spray the wontons lightly with olive oil – I like to use my Misto for this.
Misto Brushed Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer, available on Amazon
Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned.
Remove from the oven, and let the bites cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet.
Serve immediately, alongside the dip.
Can I Prepare These Ahead of Time?
Yes, you most certainly can! You can make the filling up to a day in advance, and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Alternatively, you can also fill the wontons, seal them, and store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container. They can be made up to one full day ahead of when you want to serve them.
All you have to do is bake the wontons as soon as you are ready. You can even make the blue cheese dip ahead of time, and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Just keep in mind that if you choose to go the route of adding extra hot sauce and using a liquid blue cheese dressing, the filling may begin to seep out of the wrappers while they sit in the refrigerator.
Looking for even more delicious Buffalo-flavored snacks and meals? Don’t forget to try our recipes for:
And you can always visit our full archive of game day recipes here.
The only question is, how spicy do you want to make your Buffalo chicken bites? Tell us in the comments below and once you try the recipe, come back to rate it.
Photos by Meghan Yager, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on May 8, 2012. Last updated: December 29, 2018 at 10:06 am. With additional writing and editing by Allison Sidhu.
Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Meghan Yager
Meghan Yager is a food addict turned food and travel writer with a love for creating uncomplicated, gourmet recipes and devouring anything the world serves up. As the author of the food and travel blog Cake 'n Knife, Meghan focuses on unique foodie experiences from around the world to right at home in your own kitchen.