Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls

August 30, 2011

Hurricane Irene last weekend was the perfect excuse we needed to stay in the house and relax  as a family.  We enjoyed each other's company of course but a fun weekend with my loves just wouldn't be right without delicious food. :)

I originally made these absolutely AMAZING buffalo chicken cheese balls as an appetizer for the Thanksgiving dinner I hosted at my house last year.  They were a HUGE hit and I knew I wanted to make them again.

They could NOT be easier to make and if you are a fan of buffalo style anything, you will love these. 

1 store-bought rotisserie chicken
1/4 cup hot sauce (recommended: Frank's Red Hot)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 3/4 cups sharp Cheddar
1/4 cup freshly sliced scallions
1 cups all-purpose flour
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups panko bread crumbs
Vegetable oil, for frying

{The original recipe calls for a rotisserie chicken but because we were in the middle of a weather emergency {!!!), my market was out of them.  ...so I had to improvise.  I took two skin on/bone in chicken breasts drizzled them with oil, seasoned with salt, pepper, oregano, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika and roasted them on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for about 15 - 20 minutes.  When they were golden brown and cooked through, I took them out and let cool.  I then pulled the meat off the bone and chopped into small pieces.}

{Before you begin, heat some oil in a fryer. We like to fry with peanut oil.  It's a bit more expensive, but it makes a BIG difference in taste.}  

{You need 3 separate bowls for an assembly line.  First: flour.} 

{Second: Eggs.} 

{Third: Panko bread crumbs.}

 {Next, shred your cheese.  I always use the block of sharp cheddar and shred it myself...not the bagged-already-shredded cheese.  I think it's fresher.}

{You'll need some good'ole bottled hot sauce.} 

{Chop up the green onions.} 

{Next, it's just dumping and mixing.  :) To a large bowl, add the chicken and then the hot sauce.} 

{Add the green onions.} 

{Your cheese goes in too.} 

{Mix everything until well combined.} 

{Grab about a palm-full of your chicken mixture and form into balls.  About the size of a golf ball.  Or a little smaller.  After shaping your ball, start breading.  First, roll it in the flour.} 

{And then in the egg.} 

{Finally in the breadcrumbs.} 

{Repeat until you have your breaded balls. :)}

{Now it's time to start frying.  Makes sure your oil is heated to 350 degrees before dropping your balls in.} 

 {Cook for about 2-3 minutes per batch, until they are beautifully golden brown.}

{Be sure to put them on paper towel to drain the excess oil.} 

{They will be super cheesy and delicious with tons of flavor and plenty of kick!} 

{Serve with your favorite blue cheese dressing and ENJOY!}

We enjoyed ours as dinner with savory sauteed green beans {I'll have to share that recipe soon; so very easy and so very GOOD} and sliced cantaloupe.

These would also be perfect for a cocktail party; they are sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Let me know if you plan to try these! :)


  1. these look sooo friggin delicious.
    if i only had a deep ffryer at school i'd probably eat these every other day

  2. this just made me so hungry. I love this.

  3. WOW! Adding this to the appetizer recipe list!

  4. I am absolutely drooling looking at this pic. They look so good; they make me think about the buffalo blasters at the Cheesecake Factory.

  5. Great ! I Love those "buffalo-chicken-cheese-balls" . . .
    these're a seductive work of ART !
    Queste foto fanno venire l'aquolina in bocca !
    W the good Cuisine/Kitchen !
    Ciao dall'Italia, Best regards from Italy by fellow Artist Aurè

  6. looks abso-friggin-lutely delicious!!!! like, damn!


  7. Girl! My God! Are you a chef? You have some of the best looking dishes up here. This look AMAZING and it's entirely too early for me to hungry like this...LOL! Love it.


  8. Sounds like something I need to make for the hubby

  9. These look delish!!! So yummy


  10. These looks so good and I don't even like hot stuff.

    I made your fish dish the other night and the boy LOVED it. Keep the recipes coming!!

  11. yum, its looks soo good!!

    Fashion Rehab

  12. I just had these about a week ago @ Grand Lux Cafe. They were super good. Thanks for sharing!!

  13. You see Lexy this is why i've been voting for you all week to win the Philly's Most Valuable Blogger Awards 2011, cause you do your thing and you stay consistent on keeping us updated with the hotest fashion and great recipes..I love coming to your blog!!!!

  14. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! I am definitely trying this recipe!!!! They look DELISH!

  15. why do you do this to me! lol..these look wonderful! I'll add them to my list of things Lexy makes that i need to make lol...thanks!

  16. OMG Lexy! This is food porn at it's finest. This looks delish!

  17. That looks so delish...I have to try this out.

  18. these look so so good. i've got to try this recipe.

  19. I'm moving to Philly & moving in........... see you soon!
    <3, Rita

  20. These look soooooooooooo yummy!!!! I will have to try this recipe!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    7eventh Letter

  21. OMG, they look so delicious, I will have to try this recipe. I can't wait until you post that savory sauteed green beans recipe.

  22. Wowza, this looks so good. This is a must try! Have I told you I'm so glad you've decided to share your recipes. Thanks!

  23. I will definitely be trying this recipe this weekend. Thank you girl!!! Yum!



  24. jesus, that looks good! it's sooo yummy looking

  25. Those look delicious, I can't wait to make them...

  26. Just finished making these yummy!! It's a bit messy to construct! I think next time I will put mixture in food processor so it gets a little easier to handle!

  27. Thank you for posting the two great things I love food and fashion! Really I luv it and these looks delish! I cant wait to make these! :D

  28. oh my goodness, i just showed this to my husband and he is drooling. i am saving this recipe to my pin board to make later.


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