Whether your team is playing in the big game or not, good food is key to the Super Bowl experience. Wings are great, but any buffalo chicken-related dish gets the job done for me without the mess. One dish is enough, but let’s do five because IT’S THE LAST FOOTBALL SUNDAY FOR SEVEN MONTHS.
Here are five Buffalo Chicken dishes, with each bringing a little something different. For my vegetarians, scroll down to the bottom.
Let’s start with the classic:
Frank’s Buffalo Chicken Dip
I use Frank’s official recipe because it’s super simple and not overly cheesy. For any recipe that requires cooked chicken, I recommend purchasing a pre-made rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and taking it apart. This takes a little extra work, but big chunks of real chicken make the difference.
Buffalo Chicken Ring
This is a dish that looks complicated, but couldn’t be easier to make. It just takes a little craftiness and patience, as a bad folding job on the dough will make a mess in your oven. If bringing this dish to a party, I recommend baking it there instead of bringing it already finished. It’s best served right out of the oven, and cooling brings on an unwelcome mushiness to the ring.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili
This one will take all day Sunday, but it’s well worth the wait. Gather up your ingredients and drop them in the pot, and come back to a delicious spicy chili before kickoff. This dish is paleo-friendly, but would work well with cheese or even sour cream on top.
Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Chicken thighs seasoned with brown sugar, paprika and cayenne set up this classy version of BC. It sounds like extra work, but the sliders are super simple to assemble once all your ingredients are on hand. Because this chicken is simmered with the hot sauce and not tossed, it’s a more subtle flavor. Get some nice rolls, top with blue cheese crumbles, and post something pretty to The Gram.
Buffalo Cauliflower Dip
Nobody will notice.
Once a dip is plated, it’s hard to actually tell if it’s chicken or cauliflower. This dip has great consistency and flavor, and can still pack the heat of all the above dishes. This dip with some celery sticks is the best guilt-free dip for watching the game.