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recipe: buffalo chicken ring

I love all things made with Frank’s Red Hot (or any hot sauce, really. But especially Frank’s Red Hot) I also love cheese. And crescent rolls. And ranch dressing.

So this recipe? Is basically my dream come true. It’s perfect for parties or football games or really could be a nice, quick tasty dinner (served with a salad on the side, perhaps?)

First, you make a funky circle-type thing with the crescent rolls. I’ve tried various methods of doing this, and here is a picture of the best way I’ve found.

recipe: Buffalo Chicken Ring

Then chop some celery.

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Then mix some cream cheese with half a packet of ranch dressing mix (more if you’d like, but half is probably plenty)

recipe: Buffalo Chicken Ring

Next is the chicken. I’ve made this with several types of chicken: canned chicken works just fine, or boiled chicken shredded in a food processor or with forks is good too.

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And then: HOT SAUCE.

recipe: Buffalo Chicken Ring

Mix it all together: the cream cheese mixture, the chicken, the celery, and the hot sauce. How much hot sauce? Totally up to you. I usually add bit, taste, add a bit more, etc. I like to keep it relatively non-spicy and let people dip it later if they want. I like the tang of the hot sauce without blowing my face off, know what I mean? But it really is a personal preference.

recipe: Buffalo Chicken Ring

Now comes the art portion of our project. Spread the chicken mixture on the circle of crescent rolls you created.

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Then slowly go around the circle, wrapping the chicken mixture in the dough.

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(It doesn’t have to look this pretty. Mine doesn’t usually, but it knew it was having a photo shoot, so it behaved for me. That’s a good boy, dough-from-a-tube!)

Bake it for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees or until the crescent rolls are starting to brown.

recipe: Buffalo Chicken Ring

Now here is where I caution you: LET IT SIT FOR A LITTLE WHILE AND COOL BEFORE MOVING IT. I don’t have any nice after pictures of the sliced roll because I was in a hurry to take it to a party and I tried to move it before it cooled a little and… DISASTER. Delicious disaster, but disaster all the same. It went from a nice circle to a… rhombus? Parallelogram? I don’t even know, but it looked hilarious. Don’t be like me! Patience is key.

Serve the chicken ring with ranch and hot sauce for dipping. You will be a hero.


  1. My husband is going to go nuts for this. We usually use Frank’s Buffalo Sauce for everything Buffalo we make. mmmmmm

    Nov 10 9:04 am

  2. This is genius. I am going to try this.

    Nov 10 9:48 am

  3. This looks AMAZING. I’m also a big fan of Frank’s Red Hot! I want to eat this whole thing for lunch now.

    Nov 10 10:12 am

  4. I eat Frank’s on everything. I’m making this tonight. For myself, as Hubs is out of town, but I just don’t care.

    Nov 10 10:18 am

  5. K

    I might be making this beast this weekend.

    Nov 10 10:28 am

  6. That looks wonderful. I’m totally with you on Frank’s Hot Sauce. When I was pregnant with The Boy, I craved hot wings and I’ve loved them ever since.

    Nov 10 10:33 am

  7. Very cool.

    Nov 10 10:37 am

  8. RA

    Sorry to be a dunce, but what do you do to serve it? Cut it up into little rings? Or do people grab pieces of it and dip? I only ask because I would like to make and serve this ASAP. :)

    Nov 10 10:56 am

    • Jen

      Not duncy at all :) I just slice it around the circle, basically like a pizza. It falls apart a little bit so I usually include forks to help with the shoveling into faces!

      Nov 10 11:13 am

  9. Frank’s Red Hot! Yes yes yes.

    Nov 10 11:21 am

  10. Looks great! Saving it.

    Nov 10 2:28 pm

  11. This looks amazing! Love anything buffalo chicken.

    Nov 10 6:14 pm

  12. I very much need this in my life.

    Nov 10 7:58 pm

  13. kim

    how much chicken?

    Nov 11 5:19 pm

    • Jen

      Someone else asked this too, made me realize I never mentioned the amount! So I edited the recipe to include it. I’d say 2-3 chicken breasts worth, or 1-2 cans of canned chicken would be fine. It really doesn’t have to be exact, and I actually have had some filling leftover a few times, good to eat on crackers or bread, even!

      Nov 18 11:47 am

  14. you don’t give a quantity for the chicken… how much are we talking? One boneless breast? two?

    help me out here!

    M. FV

    Nov 11 7:21 pm

    • Jen

      oh geez, you’re right! I would say two cans of chicken if you’re going that route, or 2 boneless chicken breasts, 3 if they’re small.

      Nov 11 8:26 pm

  15. kelsey

    This sounds delicious…I just wish people not from Buffalo (I’m born and raised) could actually come here and eat real Buffalo food. You wouldn’t want to leave!

    Nov 11 10:47 pm

  16. It looks delicious. I would try!

    Nov 12 5:29 am

  17. BethF2

    I made this recipe but instead of the hot sauce I used a tropical (pineapple) barbeque sauce. OMG it’s fantastic. I wish I had known about this (or thought of it) when my children still lived at home. My husband loves it and that is the greatest.

    Nov 12 6:54 pm

  18. K

    I’d ditch the ranch stuff and sprinkle some crumbled bleu cheese on that mixture before wrapping the dough around it. Or maybe mix bleu cheese with the cream cheese.

    I ask you — How is it Buffalo-ish without the bleu cheese??

    Nov 12 11:00 pm

    • Jen

      That would work too! I’m not a fan of bleu cheese myself, but my husband is, so I’m sure he’d be all over that!

      Nov 13 12:56 pm

  19. Are the crescent rolls just shortcrust pastry? I have never seen those here in the UK but would love to try this:)

    Nov 13 7:55 am

    • Jen

      I’m not sure what else might be similar, but I think regular pizza dough would work just as well. (also, no crescent rolls? SO SAD! heh They are really just a buttery, flakey bread/roll. Very yummy!)

      Nov 18 11:45 am

  20. Jane toledo

    This looks like a heap of vile vomit.
    Would it kill you to publish a recipe that is actually real food and not this mish-mash of crap.
    Is this what Americans are reduced to?

    Nov 13 12:46 pm

  21. I made this Friday night and it was oh-so-delicious! I made it in bundles instead of a ring so I could freeze half. Very, very good. :)

    Nov 13 3:06 pm

  22. Priss

    So far, mine looks kind of pretty. I love to work with bread. As soon as I read this recipe to my husband, he was immediately like, “We must make this thing.” So I made this thing. We used the Ninja to make the filling. Turned it into a paste, with boiled chicken breasts. Erm… oops…

    Nov 13 7:18 pm

  23. Wow, will definitely try this recipe next game day! My husband will fall back in love with me!

    Nov 13 9:20 pm

  24. Benjamin

    nom nom nom nom

    Nov 14 12:41 am

  25. Amanda

    You did NOT just put anything ranch with my buffalo wings!!! nuh uh not acceptable. Blue cheese only. Be authentic! I’m from Buffalo NY and i’m disappointed.

    Nov 14 1:02 am

    • Jen

      I KNOW! I stink! But I don’t really like bleu cheese. So I cheat ;)

      Nov 15 7:12 am

    • Em

      I would, also, use bleu cheese. My son, however, would prefer the ranch version.

      Dec 13 9:16 am

  26. cara

    I make this but without the ranch/cream cheese. I use maria’s blue cheese instead. its a hit every time!

    Nov 14 8:47 am

  27. Charlotte

    i was just wondering what you could use instead of crescent rolls? would a thin pizza dough work? I have never seen crescent rolls in Australia!

    Nov 14 7:08 pm

    • Jen

      Thin pizza dough would probably work great! The texture would be a little heavier than the crescent rolls (they are a little flaky), but I don’t think it would ruin anything

      Nov 15 7:14 am

  28. Love this! What a perfect game day recipe!

    Nov 15 1:06 pm

  29. Oh, it looks like a wreath. Maybe this will be Christmas dinner this year ;)

    Nov 15 10:27 pm

  30. Bria

    I totally make the dip version of this all the time (without crescent rolls and with cheese melted on top, served with chips) so needless to say yesterday I ran out and bought all the ingredients for your variation and it will be made shortly!!!! So excited. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

    Nov 16 10:49 am

  31. Mama C

    Making it tonight !!! I also discovered Franks Red Hot makes a buffalo wing flavor sauce that is a little less spicy,and still has all that awesome buffalo wing goodness. Thanks for sharing. ;)

    Nov 16 7:12 pm

  32. Almazza

    Awesome! Thanks!!

    Nov 17 9:27 pm

  33. Almazza

    Awesome! Thanks!!

    Nov 17 9:27 pm

  34. Almazza

    Awesome! Thanks!! Have you tried to do the same thing with CAMAMBERT CHEESE and GREEN APPLES….try it…you will thank me!

    Nov 17 9:27 pm

  35. Amber

    So I totally found this through pintrest! Then read some of the blog love it. We live in Pittsburgh too.

    Nov 20 3:54 pm

  36. Yum! I have it in the oven right now!!

    Nov 20 8:09 pm

  37. Oh my goodness, I’ll be my husband’s hero if I make this. Genius, I can’t wait to try it, we LOVE Frank’s too!

    Nov 21 5:07 pm

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  39. Alexis

    this looks amazing… but i may substitute the cream cheese and ranch with blue cheese dressing. has anyone ever done this?

    Nov 30 11:45 am

    • Jen

      I’ve never tried it that way, but I’m sure it would taste delicious! Without the cream cheese, it might be a little more runny, so maybe half the cream cheese plus the dressing? Would be worth the experiment!

      Nov 30 4:25 pm

  40. Maria

    Serving size?

    Dec 2 8:20 am

    • Jen

      I think it depends on how large you slice the ring. I’ve only ever served this as an appetizer so I wasn’t very concerned about serving size. But if you were having it for a meal, I’d say it would serve at least 4 or 5 people. It’s pretty heavy because of the crescent rolls so it’s very filling :)

      Dec 4 2:16 pm

  41. Yup – made this and it was pretty amazing. Perfect for football Sunday. Thanks!

    Dec 4 4:49 pm

  42. Mar-ye

    This was gross. Sounded amazing but it wasn’t. And we both love this kind of stuff

    Dec 7 6:11 pm

  43. Em

    I signed up to take Buffalo Chicken Dip to our office Christmas party this Friday. Guess how it will be served up! Yep! In a crescent ring (the bleu cheese version). They’re gonna love it! Thank you so much for the inspiration.

    Dec 13 9:19 am

  44. Mare

    This was great. Made it for New Year’s Eve. BIG HIT! Everyone raved about it.

    Jan 1 1:08 am

  45. lynda

    I am going to make this tomorrow for the Texans Playoff game, but not in a ring (maybe to messy to transport and have people carry around) I’m going to just use the cresent rolls to make football shapes (stuffed with the buffalo chicken mixture… Cant wait to try this thanks for sharing :)

    Jan 6 8:42 pm

  46. Stacy

    Looks delicious! One suggestion…. put it on parchement paper before you cook it and then it should transfer easy to a party platter! I can’t wait to try it!

    Jan 8 4:04 pm

  47. theresa

    this is pretty if i separate crescent into triangles.wide end in and fold points over and in.use chicken breasts cooked in water then cut into chunks.add mayo and shredded cheese,mustard and crumled fried bacon. or try ground beef, cheese,seasonings and little pizza sauce.serve with sour cream and salsa.superb

    Jan 13 8:08 am

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