Buffalo Chicken Bites

Barbara Curry
by Barbara Curry
40 servings
18 min

Cheesy, crunchy, creamy Buffalo Chicken Bites will be a hit at your next tailgate or party. Everything you love about buffalo wings wrapped up in a not-too-spicy bite-size appetizer. All the flavor without the mess so you can enjoy game day even more.

A platter of Buffalo chicken bites,

If you like buffalo chicken wings, you’ll love these Buffalo Chicken Bites. The easiest appetizer you’ll ever make, they have such a quick prep time they’ll be done well before your oven is even preheated.

Just stir together three ingredients and spoon into tortilla scoops, bake, then top with sour cream and green onion. No one can resist the warm, fresh-from-the-oven taste. Make a big platter to feed a crowd for your next game-day get-together or holiday party.

Since Buffalo wings are always a big hit at parties, I love to experiment with other buffalo sauce recipes. Buffalo chicken appetizers are a quick and simple alternative to fried chicken wings. They have all the bold Buffalo flavor but there’s no need for deep frying. That means no oil splatters and no smelly kitchen. Plus baked appetizers are lighter and healthier.

An individual chicken bite topped with sour cream.

If you love Buffalo flavor, try Chicken Buffalo Dip and Buffalo Chicken Casserole, two more recipes featuring this popular sauce.

What is Buffalo sauce?

Traditional Buffalo sauce is a mixture of butter, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. The butter makes the sauce thicker and richer than regular hot sauce. Sometimes other ingredients like brown sugar, cayenne pepper or garlic powder are added for more flavor.

You can buy pre-made buffalo sauce, or try my easy homemade version. With only five ingredients, it takes just a few minutes to stir together and heat. It’s great because when you make it from scratch you can control the spice level depending on your preference.

Why you’ll love buffalo bites

  • Easy instructions and only six ingredients
  • Total time is less than 20 minutes
  • The slightly spicy, creamy filling is delicious with crunchy chips
  • No forks required for these one-bite appetizers
  • Big buffalo chicken flavor without the mess of wings

What you’ll need for these game day appetizers

Ingredients for Buffalo chicken appetizers,

Chicken – cooked chicken breasts or use a rotisserie chicken to save time

Cheese – choose from mild, sharp or extra sharp cheddar

Buffalo sauce – make your own or use your favorite, like Frank’s Red Hot. If making your own, you’ll need brown sugar, butter, vinegar, Frank’s Red Hot and one other hot sauce.

Ingredients for homemade Buffalo Sauce
Buffalo sauce in a sauce pan next to a jar of hot sauce.

Chips – tortilla scoops are the perfect size to hold the chicken filling

Sour cream – You can use low fat or regular or substitute greek yogurt

Green onions – sliced green onions add a fresh, bright flavor

How to make baked chicken bites

Start by preheating the oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.

Step 2 – mix the filling

Stir together the chicken, cheese and buffalo sauce in a medium bowl. Make sure all the ingredients are well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.

A bowl of chicken mixed with Buffalo sauce.

Pro tip: To make these ahead of time, combine the filling ingredients and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before scooping into chips and baking.

Step 3 – fill the chips

Use a spoon or small cookie scoop to fill 40 tortilla scoops. You’ll use about 1 tablespoon per chip. Sprinkle a little extra cheese on top if you’d like.

A pan of Buffalo chicken bites filled with chicken

Step 4 – bake

Bake the bites for 8 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and the filling is warmed through. If you’re cooking for a crowd, bake them in batches and allow them to cool for a few minutes before serving. Top each bite with sour cream and green onions. You could also add a dash of paprika for extra color.

A pan of Buffalo chicken bites next to a bowl of sour cream.

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FAQs and tips

Why is it called buffalo chicken?

Contrary to its name, buffalo chicken does not contain any bison. The spicy sauce is named after the town where it was first served: Buffalo, New York.

What goes with buffalo chicken bites?

Serve them with celery sticks and homemade ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing for dipping. They also pair well with any other game day appetizer, like sausage balls and stuffed peppers.

Is buffalo chicken very spicy?

Traditional buffalo chicken wings are cooked and then coated with hot sauce which can be very spicy. If you make your own buffalo sauce it’s easy to control the spice level from mild to extra hot.

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Recipe details
  • 40  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 8 Minutes Total time: 18 min
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  • ▢ 2 cups cooked chicken shredded
  • ▢ 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • ▢ 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • ▢ 40 tortilla scoops
  • ▢ sour cream for topping
  • ▢ Green onions for topping

Preheat oven to 400º. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl add shredded chicken, cheese and buffalo sauce. Stir to combine.
Spoon the chicken mixture into the scoops. Sprinkle with additional cheese if desired. Bake for 8 minutes until they have warmed through and the cheese has melted.
Serve with a bit of sour cream and green onions sprinkled on top.
  • You can use rotisserie chicken or roast the chicken breasts
  • To make them even better, make your own Buffalo sauce
  • You can make the filling in advance and refrigerate. Wait to add to scoops until ready to bake.
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