Buffalo Chicken Poppers

My husband and kids love chicken wings! Especially barbeque and hot wings. Me not so much! I guess it’s the mom in me that is against anything that takes 50 wet ones to clean up or the fact that they have so little meat on them that you have to order like 60 to even satisfy a couple of people.
With that being said, we are quickly approaching the AFC & NFC Championship football games where the Broncos are taking on the New England Patriots.

We have high hopes that the Broncos are going to be playing in the Super Bowl this year!
So it is time for me to get my game on or game food on the table that is. This year’s playback highlight will be these Buffalo Chicken Poppers. Below I give you the play by play on how to make this amazing game snack, making you the household food champion of this year’s football season.

Buffalo Chicken Poppers

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Serving Size: 16-20 poppers

Buffalo Chicken Poppers

Buffalo Chicken Poppers - A mild popper filled with chicken, cheese, green onions and Frank's Hot Sauce. Serve with Buffalo Blue Cheese Sauce.


  • Buffalo Chicken Poppers:
  • 1 store-bought rotisserie chicken
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce (recommended: Frank's Red Hot)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups sharp Cheddar
  • 1/4 cup freshly sliced scallions
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Blue Cheese Dip:
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup packed blue cheese, broken up
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic


Buffalo Chicken Poppers:

Have oil heated to 350 degrees F.

Pick the meat from the chicken and discard the skin. Place the chicken in a large bowl and add the hot sauce, pepper, cheese, and scallions, and toss to combine. Roll the chicken into 2-ounce balls, about the size of a golf ball.

Place the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in 3 separate bowls. Roll each ball in the flour, then the egg and then the bread crumbs. Set aside.

When the oil is hot fry the chicken balls in batches. Cook for about 2 minutes per batch. Remove the chicken to paper towel lined plate to drain the excess oil.

Blue Cheese Dip:

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve the chicken alongside the dipping sauce. Kids review: They all take after their Momma and love chocolate! So this is a hit and the last time I made it they said it looks like a professional cake like one you would get on the Food Network! Sweet I am off to cake wars, lol.


Kids review: Score! Touch down with these. And I loved them even more after watching them eat them as they didn’t require the massive amount of wet ones or wipe downs as chicken wings do. Only our oldest child loved the blue cheese sauce, the others wanted ketchup.

Adapted from Aaron McCargo, Jr.


  1. says

    These look amazing! My husband and I love wings and usually opt for the boneless ones since they are easier to eat. Can’t wait to try these out. Thanks for sharing! Pinning :)

    *Visiting from The Tasty Fork Wake Up Wednesdays*

  2. says

    These look definitely like they belong in our snack line this Sunday for the football game. :) Looking forward to making them (and they don’t look too difficult to make :)) Thank you for the post!

  3. says

    Sandra, these look SO much easier to eat than regular wings (which are delicious but a disaster to eat)! We always make a big batch of wings over the holidays with my 10 year old nephews. They get a kick out of seeing just how spicy they can go with their sauce. I’ll have to try these with them next year! Pinning for later :)

    • Sandra says

      Amy – they will love these! Add extra Franks hot sauce – they will love it. 10 year old boys eat more than most adults, so maybe double the batch…lol! xoxo San

    • Sandra says

      Sandra – I hope you are able to make them they are so good! If you are making these for adults you can add some extra hot sauce! I would if my kids weren’t here eating them too! (lol)
      Have a great weekend. Used to travel the bay area all the time and miss it so much especially – Sonoma area beautiful!!! Let me know how it goes if you do it. See you around. Followed you back on FB and Twitter. xoxo San

    • Sandra says

      Terry – Wish we were neighbors and I would bring some “sanity” to you! Thank goodness for the weekend! And a 3 day weekend at that. xoxo San

  4. says

    I can’t wait to try these! I also love buffalo wings and have complained in the past that there wasn’t enough meat on the bones. I think this is the perfect alternative!

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

  5. says

    These look so great, and you’re right. I HATE the clean up post-wings. But these I could do. Perfect Football Food! Pinning.

    And I found you via the Adventures in Pinterest linkup on Mamabub!

  6. Cynthia says

    Perfect Super Bowl food! I love the taste but hate the mess – so these are perfect! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.


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