Buffalo Chicken Poppers with Avocado Bleu Cheese Dip

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Buffalo Chicken Poppers with Avocado Bleu Cheese Dip combine a spicy, creamy filling stuffed inside buttery crescent rolls with a cooling avocado bleu cheese dip. A perfectly satisfying appetizer recipe.

I pray you never have the displeasure of seeing Ben and me tackle a plate of buffalo chicken wings together.

We make quite the tragic team.

Ben literally dives in like he’s scarfing the last wing from the last chicken on earth. That is to say, buffalo sauce usually ends up on his forehead, earlobes and everywhere in between by the time he’s finished.

Me? I’m too prissy to eat buffalo wings the way buffalo wings were intended for fear of looking like, well, Ben, when I’m done, so I cut the meat off the bones with a knife and fork. I just…no, there’s no excuse. 

See? Quite the pair.

No matter how we go about eating them, the flavor of buffalo wings is something we both adore. And while we rarely indulge because they’re fried chicken wings tossed in (basically) butter, buffalo wings are the ultimate game watching grub, and no Super Bowl spread would be complete with out ‘em.

So for the third day of Super Bowl Recipes Week, I ditched the bones and butter, and packed all the intense, mouthwatering flavors of buffalo chicken wings into baked Buffalo Chicken Poppers! Buttery crescent rolls surround a ranch-flavored cream cheese and spicy buffalo chicken filling forming a tiny, 2-bite delight. Whee!

Start the poppers by getting the fillings ready. First things first is the cream cheese center. What would a popper be without a cream cheese center, I ask you?

Combine softened cream cheese with powdered ranch dip mix. You can use any kind of cream cheese – whipped, reduced fat, regular – I just wouldn’t advise fat-free as it tastes like plastic, and Buffalo Chicken Plastic Poppers just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  

Next prepare the buffalo chicken. Chop one chicken breast into small pieces, season it with more ranch dip seasoning, then cook it in a hot pan with non-stick spray. Toss with a few Tablespoons buffalo wing sauce, and let the chicken cool.

  

BTW, I like Frank’s Buffalo Wing sauce the best. It’s just spicy enough, with that awesome, unmistakable buffalo flavahhh.

Finally, turn your attention to the crescent rolls, which will envelope the popper fillings in flaky goodness. You’ll want a package of 8.

Lay the rolls out on a flat surface, then cut each triangle in half, so you have 16 triangles total. (Picture below shows half the package.)

  

Lightly flatten each triangle so you have a little more surface area to work with, and spoon 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese filling in the center.

  

Add a spoonful of buffalo chicken on top.

Finally, bring all three sides of the triangle up to the top, and pinch the side seams together. It’s fine if a little buffalo sauce leaks out.

Finish the remaining poppers, and bake on a parchment paper or non-stick sprayed baking sheet according to package directions.

  

Try not to dive into these babies the second you pull them out of the oven. The smell of browning crescent rolls and bubbling buffalo sauce is intoxicating!

Serve the poppers with a cool and creamy twist on the standard ranch or bleu cheese dressing that usually accompanies buffalo wings, Avocado Bleu Cheese Dip. Simply mash one avocado until smooth, then stir in bleu cheese dressing. Easy, and ultra-refreshing.

Buffalo Chicken Poppers with Avocado Bleu Cheese Dip

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Makes 16 poppers

Ingredients:
4oz cream cheese, softened (can use regular, whipped, 1/3 less fat, etc.)
3 teaspoons ranch dip mix, divided
1 large chicken breast, cut into small pieces
3-4 Tablespoons buffalo wing sauce
1, 8-count tube reduced fat crescent rolls

Avocado Bleu Cheese Dip
1 avocado
1/3 cup bleu cheese dressing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven according to crescent roll package directions. Mix together cream cheese and 2 teaspoons ranch dip mix in a small bowl. Season chicken with remaining teaspoon ranch dip mix, and cook in a non-stick sprayed skillet. Toss with buffalo wing sauce, and set aside to cool.
  2. Lay crescent rolls out flat, and cut each triangle in half with a pizza cutter. Gently flatten each triangle, and place 1 teaspoon cream cheese mix in the center. Top with a spoonful of chicken. Bring all three sides of the crescent roll triangle to the top, then pinch all three seams to seal. Place on a baking sheet, and bake according to crescent roll package directions.
  3. While the poppers are baking, mash avocado until smooth. Stir in bleu cheese dressing, and serve with poppers.

Ughhhh, these were so much better than eating buffalo wings – not to mention, 1000% times easier!

The tangy-hot buffalo sauce and savory ranch cream cheese are incredible inside the flaky crescent rolls, and the avocado bleu cheese dip is the icing on top. :)

Serve the poppers fresh out of the oven, or at room temperature. I actually thought they were better cooled down a bit.

  

It is Sunday yet?! ;)

Now, lest you think all we’re going to do on Sunday is sit around eating corn dogs, cookie stuffed cookies, and cream cheese filled crescent rolls, I have an incredibly easy, light and HEALTHY option for your Super Bowl spread comin’ up tomorrow. :)

Have a great night, everyone!

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Comments

  1. Rachelle E 02.01.2012

    Omg.. I feel guilty eating reg wings but these look HEAVEN-LY! I’ll be sharing this recipe for sure. Will try them out on these peeps tomorrow! YUM! Rachelle Carter Edmund

  2. I LOVE this recipe!! That avocado bleu cheese is seriously such an amazing idea girl, this one is bookmarked for sure. PS I’m the same way with wings, I may have also taken the knife and fork route once or twice before ;)

  3. Tami 02.01.2012

    Holy Moly those look good! I am going to have to try them Sunday!

  4. Stephanie 02.01.2012

    Would these work with wonton wrappers as well? They sound yummy!

  5. Nice post…was totally going to make a very similar thing but using spring roll wrappers (a tad bit healthier) – cant wait to see how they turn out on Sunday. Yours look amazing!

    xoxo from Trinidad

  6. Lauren 02.01.2012

    Wow these look dangerously good….dangerous in that I could probably eat the entire plate far too quickly.

  7. Rainey 02.01.2012

    Lol, I am so glad someone else eats their wings with a fork and knife too! I did that on a family vacation once, and I have never lived it down! These look great! I will definitely try them.

  8. Looks awesome! I have a few IGE recipes on my super bowl list :)

  9. I love buffalo chicken anything, and these look so delicious!!

  10. 58Teresa 02.01.2012

    ige – you’re evil – oh yes – you are. lol. This recipe is ahhhhmazing!

  11. Very nice!

  12. I am definitely making those!!! We have buffalo chicken dip every year, and while I love it, it is getting kind of old. These look like a good change!

  13. jessica 02.01.2012

    omg! These look amazing!!!

  14. I would never think to dip them in avocado. Smart idea! Gosh, I wish I watched the Super Bowl so I had an excuse to make these!

  15. Lisa 02.01.2012

    Super Bowl Sunday appetizer….thanks!

  16. AC 02.01.2012

    Our menu for sunday looks quite full already… and there’s only 2 of us! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week brings!

  17. I am TOTALLY making these (and, I believe, the chocolate chip oreo delights) on Sunday! Thank you so much!

  18. Maria 02.02.2012

    Yummie:-) I wish we had super bowl here as well so I had a reason to make them… Maybe one can have them for the music festival that is on tv on Saturday here in Sweden…

  19. Oooh, those look so good! I don’t like eating buffalo wings because they’re so messy! I never eat them in public, and when I eat them at home I run to the bathroom the second I’m done to wash my hands and face.

  20. I would drink that avocado bleu cheese dip right this second. Looks DELISH.

  21. Anne Weber-Falk 02.02.2012

    These look pretty good. But FOR SHAME!! You eat wings with a knife and fork? Part of the fun of eating wings is getting to lick your fingers and having piles of messy napkins around you. Eat them with your fingers. Give it a try. Then surprise Ben. Leave a little sauce behind your ear for later. Thanks for the recipes.

  22. OMG I AM MAKING THESE ON SUNDAY AND PROBS EVERYDAY OF MY LIFE!

  23. Melissa 02.02.2012

    Wow! I really wish I had somewhere to go so I could make these on Sunday. Somehow making the whole recipe and leaving myself alone with them seems like a horrible idea. ;)

  24. NOM NOM NOM. I love YOUR blog!!!

  25. Heather 02.02.2012

    All I have to say is…….this is AMAZING!

  26. Jaime D. 02.02.2012

    These look DELICIOUS and so easy to make! Can’t wait to make these and your mini corn dog muffins! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  27. Jeralyn 02.02.2012

    I love the avocado dip idea, it could be used for so many things. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Angie 02.02.2012

    ummm, is it bad if I licked my computer screen? Joking, but those look so amazing! I might have to give them a try. We actually make something similar… jalapeno bites. We’ve made them using refrigerated pizza crust, crescent rolls, and wonton wrappers. Same basic concept – cream cheese with diced up jalapenos. I think you could take this recipe and swap our either pizza crust (for a less buttery flavor) or wonton wrappers (for more crunch, less bread), just to try something different.
    Thanks for all of your awesome posts. I always enjoy reading your posts and drooling over your photos!

  29. Brittany 02.02.2012

    I WILL be making these for Super Bowl Sunday! MMM MMMMM!

  30. Jourdan 02.02.2012

    these look AMAZING!!!

  31. Margaret 02.02.2012

    I can’t stand to eat meat off bones; I can’t even stand to knife-and-fork it off bones. I definitely like this alternative. Plus, who are we kidding? Anything wrapped in crescent dough is good.

  32. Such a fun twist and definitely great for a party.

  33. Kristen W. 02.02.2012

    Wow! Those look amazing! Those just went on my must make list for Sunday!

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  35. Trisha 02.02.2012

    These. Look. SO. Good.

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    I mean…I can’t even…YUM!!!!

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  40. Mae 02.04.2012

    We made these last night, and they were so good! And I’ve never tried avocado with a buffalo wing or dip, but the flavor combination was incredible!

  41. Kelly 02.05.2012

    I just made these and they are amazing! I love the combination of the avocado and the blue cheese! I will definitely be making these again!!

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  43. Morgan 02.05.2012

    I made these and they were a HUGE hit! Thanks for the recipe! I will definitely be making them again!

  44. Angela 02.05.2012

    Thanks for this recipe!! Made these tonight and they were a hit! Definitely going to make them again…btw I love your blog!

  45. Naree 02.05.2012

    I’ve previously made your green monster smoothie, and loved it (tweeked it a bit to my taste) and I saw your recipes for Super Bowl Sunday and HAD to try them. I made the BBQ chicken poppers along with the caprese skewers tonight. They were both delicious! What a hit! Thanks for all your delicious recipes. I’m a huge foodie and love to try new recipes, so it’s been great to read your blog. I tell all my friends about your blog all the time! and can’t wait to try more of your recipes. Thanks again!

  46. Shannon 02.06.2012

    I made this last night (for the Super Bowl) and it was such a HUGE hit! I did avocado ranch instead of blue cheese. Thank you for the recipe it was just awesome!

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  49. Jennifer 02.06.2012

    OMG! This looks amazing! The super bowl is over, but I have bookmarked this recipe for sometime soon. I don’t need a football game to make something that looks this good.

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