These loaded buffalo chicken fries with bacon are the perfect easy appetizer for game day or a weekend movie night with the fam. Customize with your favorite toppings and dig in!!! Naturally gluten-free.
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What you’ll love about this recipe
- It can be served as an appetizer or a meal! These loaded chicken fries would be a great choice for a game day appetizer/snack or a movie night dinner. There’s plenty to go around and they’re easy to throw together. Plus who doesn’t like buffalo chicken and French fries?!?
- They’re gluten-free! These buffalo fries prove that going without gluten doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
- The toppings! If you have followed me for any length of time, you may have noticed I’m all about the toppings. Some say less is more, but I disagree (at least in the case of these fries).
Ingredients + notes & substitutions
- Shredded chicken: These fries are a great way to use up leftover chicken, whether it’s grilled chicken breast or thighs or a store-bought rotisserie chicken.
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Bacon: These days I pretty much always recommend thick-cut bacon and this time is no exception. It’s not only meatier but since it has a greater surface area than the thinner varieties it is infused with more smoky flavor. And that, in my book, is a plus!
- Frank’s RedHot: I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again, but Frank’s is my go-to choice whenever I’m cooking up something with buffalo sauce. Its spot-on flavor, accessibility, and ease make it an obvious choice.
- Ground cayenne pepper: This is optional, but if you’re a spicy food lover like me I recommend it. Although Frank’s is wonderful, it’s just not all that spicy.
- Frozen fries: I recommend waffle fries for this recipe as they hold up well when loaded with the toppings. If you intend for this recipe to remain gluten-free lookout for hidden gluten in the fries – sometimes they are coated in a breading containing flour.
- Cheddar or Colby jack cheese
- Ranch or blue cheese dressing: You just can’t have buffalo chicken without one of these dressings. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of blue cheese, so I opt for ranch in particular this garlic ranch – it’s super easy and only takes five minutes to throw together. Of course, if you’re not a fan of either, you can skip ’em both.
- Crumble blue or feta cheese: Because the more cheese the better, right? If you don’t think so, forgo it.
- Green onions: For a little freshness and texture. Fresh chives would work too.
- Other optional toppings: Sliced fresh or pickled jalapenos, banana pepper rings, and/or diced tomato.
How to make buffalo chicken fries (+ tips)
1. Bake the waffle fries according to package instructions.
2. Meanwhile, place the bacon in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until brown and crispy, about 15 minutes. Transfer using a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined surface. (see notes)
3. Reduce heat to medium and add the chicken. Cook for two minutes then add the Franks RedHot, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir to combine and reduce heat to low.
4. Pile the fries in the center of the sheet pan or transfer to a medium cast-iron skillet.
5. Top with half of the cheese followed by the buffalo chicken. Top with the remaining cheese and transfer to the oven until the cheese is melted, about two minutes.
6. Remove from oven and top with ranch or blue cheese dressing, bacon bits, green onions, and crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese (optional). Serve warm.
So, I really don’t recommend holding onto any leftovers, as they get soggy real quick. That being said, they will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to four days.
More buffalo chicken inspired recipes
- Buffalo Fried Pickles: Make way for your new favorite appetizer! If you love fried pickles and buffalo wings you will not be disappointed. These pickles are dredged in a buffalo sauce batter and fried to perfection. Pair them with some garlic ranch and BAM!
- Buffalo Ranch Dressing: Get your buffalo sauce and ranch dressing fix all in one with this simple, five-minute buffalo ranch. It’s great on salads, chicken, or as a dip for fries, pizza, and more. Naturally vegetarian and gluten-free.
- Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak: Similar to a Philly cheesesteak, this hearty buffalo chicken cheesesteak is loaded with sautéed onions, peppers, and melted Provolone cheese. This spicy sandwich is sure to be a new favorite!!
If you make these loaded bacon buffalo chicken fries I’d love your feedback. Please leave a comment and/or a rating below as I greatly value your opinion. Or snap a pic and tag me on Instagram @taoofspiceblog. Love, light, and happy cooking ya’ll ♥
- 1 1/2 cups shredded chicken
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 pound bacon, preferably thick-cut, diced
- 1 teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)
- 1 cup Franks RedHot
- 1-22 ounce bag frozen waffle fries
- 1 cup shredded cheddar or Colby Jack
- Ranch or blue cheese dressing (optional)
- Crumble blue or feta cheese (optional)
- Sliced green onions (optional)
- Bake the waffle fries according to package instructions.
- Meanwhile, place the bacon in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until brown and crispy, about 15 minutes. Transfer using a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined surface. (see notes)
- Reduce heat to medium and add the chicken. Cook for two minutes then add the Franks RedHot, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir to combine and reduce heat to low.
- Pile the fries in the center of the sheet pan or transfer to a medium cast-iron skillet.
- Top with half of the cheese followed by the buffalo chicken. Top with the remaining cheese and transfer to the oven until the cheese is melted, about two minutes.
- Remove from oven and top with ranch or blue cheese dressing, bacon bits, green onions, and crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese (optional). Serve warm.
Storage: So, I really don't recommend holding onto any leftovers, as they get soggy real quick. That being said, they will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to four days.
- You may at some point need to pour out some of the grease so that the bacon can really crisp up. I usually do so around the midpoint. Make sure to leave a tablespoon or so of grease, because you will be cooking the chicken in it. If you're into reducing waste and don't already, I encourage you to store your leftover bacon grease in a jar for future use. It's wonderful for cooking all sorts of things including veggies, various proteins, and beans
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 631Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 2212mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 28g
The nutritional information provided is computer generated. It is only an estimate and intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition details may vary depending on various factors such as origin, freshness of ingredients, etc