Buffalo Chicken Cups

January 30, 2012 by Ali

A few weeks ago, my friends Christin, James and I were sitting around brainstorming what to cook for the big game this year. And when I asked James’ advice, thinking that I already had a decently complete selection of game day recipes on the site, the conversation went about like this:

James: “Do you have a recipe for chicken nachos?”
Me: “Mmmm, I have apple nachos! But no, not so much on the chicken…”
James: “Bean dip?”
Me: “Mmmm, no.”
James: “Potato skins? Sliders? Wings?”
Me: “I’m beginning to think my recipes are kind of girly. What do guys like?!?”
James: “Two words: BUFFALO CHICKEN.”
Me: “Noted.” :)

So behold…my first buffalo chicken recipe on the site. And actually, after tasting these little guys, I’m pretty sure it won’t be my last. These crispy little wonton cups are simply filled with buffalo chicken, topped with some blue cheese and green onions. Easy peasy, and super addictive. I actually recommend making a double batch, because these will disappear at your party pronto.

What are your favorite game day apps? Any more advice for this “girly” little food blogger for some dude food? ;)

Buffalo Chicken Cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 24 cups


  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup cayenne hot sauce (I recommend Frank's "Red Hot")
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 3 scallions, sliced thinly


Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Brush chicken breasts with olive oil, and then sprinkle evenly with the smoked paprika and chili powder. Place in a baking dish and cook for 20-30 minutes, or until the center is no longer pink and the juices run clear. Remove chicken and let cool, then shred.

Meanwhile, fit a wonton wrapper into each of 24 mini baking cups, pressing the wrappers carefully but firmly into sides of cups. (Be careful to keep the corners of each wonton wrapper open; otherwise you will not be able to fill them!) Bake for 5 minutes or until very lightly browned. Keep wontons in baking cups.

In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the melted butter and hot sauce. Add the chicken and stir until well coated. Then fill each wonton cup with a tablespoon or two of chicken, and then top with a pinch of blue cheese. Return wonton cups to oven and cook for another 5-10 minutes, or until cheese is soft and melty. Remove and top with sliced scallions, and serve warm. These are best served immediately.

Ali’s Tip:

If you’d like to save a step, you can easily substitute a rotisserie chicken for this recipe. Just shred it, and follow the steps to mix it with the hot sauce, etc.

filed in Appetizers, Chicken

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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27 thoughts on “Buffalo Chicken Cups

  1. I’ll just call them Chicken Cups…. I’m in Buffalo, so everyone knows they’ll have Buffalo Tom’s Hot Sauce on them!

    - Molly

  2. These look delicious!! Any idea how they’d be served cold? Have a reunion to go to but it’s an hour away and outdoors so I can’t take hot food… Thoughts?

    - Rachel

  3. AAAH! just made these! they are so SPICY! I think Id add bleu cheese dressing or something and less hot sauce. Other than that, very good recipe

    - Kirstin

  4. I just made these for dinner and
    They were absolutely fabulous!!
    As usual.. I added some ranch and
    it was a hit! Will definitely make these
    again :)

    - EmilyB.

  5. Your creation is SOOOOOOO beautiful. I usually fill my wonton cup with salsa. Your idea is so creative. It’s the perfect appetizer for football/hockey nights!

    - Cher

  6. Wow those look marvelous. I got here from a Pinterest pin that my friend @cyngagen posted. Love these. They will be the appetizers for girls-night-out cocktail night!

    - Margarita Ibbott @DownshiftingPOS

  7. What cute little appetizers. It’s been bookmarked and pinned. Can’t wait to try this at my next dinner party! :)

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  8. Loved these.

    I tried them later with the pre-made phyllo shells and a thin layer of cream cheese – a little easier and still delicious!

    - Remy

  9. Made these today. Fabulous. A little too spicy for wife….may increase butter and lower the Franks for next time. I could only eat 7 of these for lunch…will try reheat later and report on it.

    - JonB

  10. Buffalo chicken is easy to do in crock pot too. Pack of ranch dressing powder mix and bottle of buffalo sauce. Leave cooking on low about 5-6 hours. I have even put the chicken in frozen. Then add butter and shredd in crock pot. Cook another 30 minutes.

    - Jaime Nicholson

  11. YUM! We baked the wonton wrappers like that and filled them with taco meat, cheese, etc. I love the idea of filling them with buffalo chicken!

    - Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

  12. This looks yummy and fun! I’m not a blue cheese fan-has anyone tried a different cheese?

    - Tammy

  13. I would love to know what the apple nacho recipe is!

    - paige

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  14. Buffalo chicken dip is also amazing and really easy. The recipe I use is straight from the Frank’s bottle and consists of 1 package cream cheese softened and spread in a corningware or pie plate, cover with shredded chicken mixed with Frank’s hot sauce. Cover with blue cheese dressing, sprinkle with cheese and throw it in the oven until melty. It is heavenly with celery chunk or pita chips (sturdy chips are better for this because it is really thick dip). It disappears at every occasion.

    - Liz

  15. Mmmm now I want to make apple nachos… I do have a good jerk chicken nacho recipe… and these look amazing. I can’t stand wings but I do love the flavor so I am definitely going to try these!!

    - Becca

  16. Ooh, this looks fabulous! And, I think my hubby would definitely approve. He is always asking me to make more “man food”, so I can totally relate to this post. :)

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

  17. incredible recipe–i know this is going to be a huge hit, i can’t wait to give it a try!

    - natalie (the sweets life)

  18. Uhhhh, done and done and done and done and done.

    - Bev Weidner

  19. Paul and I are HUGE Frank’s fans. We eat a buffalo-inspired meal probably weekly. I love this idea, I’m sure he will too!

    - Cassie

  20. Oooooh, this is great- I’ve been wanting to make these wonton “cups” and thus far had only considered southwestern chicken… this looks way better! ;)

    - Blog is the New Black