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
Makes 16 poppers
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
1/3 cup bleu cheese dressing
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!