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Buffalo chicken casserole enthusiasts, prepare to be delighted! This spicy buffalo chicken bake combines the beloved tastes of traditional buffalo wings with cheesy baked goodness and cauliflower rice, offering a truly enticing chicken hot dish recipe.
What we love about this chicken buffalo casserole is that the recipe transforms an easy to make buffalo chicken dip, and the fiery zest of chicken wings into an amazing hot wing casserole, capable of satisfying eight hungry guests or family members.
You'll start this recipe by blending your favorite buffalo sauce (Frank's RedHot Wings Sauce is our favorite), with a generous amount of cheese (opting for the tasty trio of shredded Cheddar, cream cheese, and crumbled blue), heavy cream, and light yet filling cauliflower rice.
This cheesy casserole is perfect for various occasions and get togethers, from a game day snack (I'm talking about your Superbowl), to a laid back weekend lunch or a quick and easy weeknight dinner.
This easy meal is not only scrumptious but can also be prepared in advance and simply reheated when needed.
Ingredients for Buffalo Chicken Casserole
What you'll need to make this easy Buffalo Chicken Casserole:
- 1 (12-ounce) bag of frozen riced cauliflower (I used Great Value’s steamable cauliflower rice)
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
- ⅔ cup of buffalo sauce (your favorite brand, I used Frank’s buffalo sauce)
- 1 tablespoon of sriracha
- 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon of fresh cracked black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon of ground chipotle powder
- 3 cups of freshly shredded Colby jack cheese, divided in half
- 1¼ cups of crumbled blue cheese, divided into 1 cup and ¼ cup
- 2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken
- 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh parsley, optional garnish
Grating cheese from a block is preferable. Pre-shredded cheese found in stores often contains a coating that inhibits optimal melting.
Buffalo Chicken Hot Dish Variations
These easy substitutions and additions can easily be swapped out while still maintaining the deliciousness of this spicy chicken casserole recipe!
- CHICKEN: You can easily swap out the shredded rotisserie chicken in this recipe for shredded crockpot chicken, depending on what you have on hand and available.
- PARSLEY: Chopped fresh cilantro can replace chopped fresh parsley in the recipe. Alternatively, for a touch of green, consider garnishing your casserole with green onions.
- CHEESE: You can substitute crumbled gorgonzola in this buffalo cauliflower chicken casserole. Additionally, for an extra hint of blue cheese flavor, consider drizzling some blue cheese dressing over the casserole.
How to make Buffalo Chicken Casserole
Combine all the ingredients, then spread the mixture evenly into a casserole dish. Finish by sprinkling tangy cheese on top before baking it until it reaches a golden, gooey state of perfection.
FIRST STEP: Microwave the riced cauliflower for 5 minutes. Allow the bag to rest for 2 to 3 minutes before opening the bag.
SECOND STEP: Add the heavy cream and softened cream cheese to a heavy-bottomed 4 to 5-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the cream begins to simmer and the cream cheese is melted, about 4 to 5 minutes.
THIRD STEP: Whisk in the buffalo wing sauce, sriracha, kosher salt, cracked black pepper, and chipotle powder.
FOURTH STEP: Whisk in 1½ cups of shredded Colby jack cheese and 1 cup of the crumbled blue cheese. Whisk constantly until the shredded cheese and blue cheese is completely melted; this will take about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
FIFTH STEP: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×9 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set it aside.
SIXTH STEP: Stir in the shredded chicken and the steamed riced cauliflower. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining shredded Colby jack cheese over the casserole.
You can easily assemble this dish ahead of time and then bake it right before serving.
SEVENTH STEP: Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until slightly golden and bubbly.
EIGHTH STEP: Allow the casserole to rest for 5 minutes.
NINTH STEP: Garnish with the remaining crumbled blue cheese and the chopped fresh parsley. Serve immediately.
Oven temperatures vary. Make sure to check your casserole at the lower end of the recommended baking time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I freeze this easy casserole recipe?
This buffalo chicken wing dip recipe can be frozen and stored for up to two months if covered and sealed tightly in an airtight container. It's perfect for a convenient dinner option on a hectic evening.
Why didn't my cheese didn’t melt very well?
Pre-shredded cheese bought from the grocery store typically includes a coating that can hinder its melting capability. For optimal melting cheese, it's advisable to grate it yourself directly from the block.
What is the best chicken to use in this buffalo chicken bake recipe?
For this buffalo chicken cauliflower casserole, use rotisserie chicken, chicken breasts that have been baked or grilled, or even pan fried chicken that is cubed up.
How to serve Buffalo Chicken Wing Casserole
This creamy buffalo chicken casserole recipe is a convenient dinner option for hectic weeknights. When you're in the mood for a dish that packs some heat, pair this casserole with a side salad for a well-rounded meal.
Or perhaps you're in the mood for something starchy and comforting to complement those bold, zesty flavors, in which case a side of buttery cornbread could be the perfect accompaniment.
Love the creamy goodness of ranch dressing? Turn this into a Buffalo Ranch Chicken Casserole by drizzling your favorite brand of ranch dressing over the top of the casserole!
Storing this Recipe
If you're anticipating leftovers or preparing buffalo chicken dinner recipes ahead of time, follow these steps to store this savory dish, keeping it fresh and flavorful.
MAKE AHEAD: Streamline your preparation on serving day, this buffalo chicken casserole can be made in advance. Proceed with the recipe as usual, but rather than baking, securely cover the assembled casserole with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate it.
Assemble and keep it in the fridge up to 24 hours before it needs to be baked.
IN THE FRIDGE: To keep leftovers of this buffalo chicken dip casserole, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
IN THE FREEZER: The baked casserole can be frozen for up to 2 months. To serve, let the casserole thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
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- 12 ounces frozen riced cauliflower
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- ⅔ cup Frank's RedHot Wing Sauce
- 1 tablespoon sriracha
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle powder
- 3 cups Colby Jack cheese (shredded, divided in half)
- 1 ½ cups crumbled bleu cheese (divided into 1 cup and ¼ cup)
- 2 cups rotisserie chicken (shredded)
- 2 teaspoons fresh parsley (chopped)
- Microwave the riced cauliflower for 5 minutes. Allow the bag to rest for 2 to 3 minutes before opening the bag.
- Add the heavy cream and softened cream cheese to a heavy-bottomed 4 to 5-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the cream begins to simmer and the cream cheese is melted, about 4-5 minutes.
- Whisk in the buffalo sauce, sriracha, kosher salt, cracked black pepper, and chipotle powder.
- Whisk in 1½ cups of shredded Colby jack cheese and 1 cup of the crumbled blue cheese. Whisk constantly until the shredded cheese, and blue cheese is completely melted; this will take about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set it aside.
- Stir in the shredded rotisserie chicken and the steamed riced cauliflower. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining shredded colby jack cheese over the casserole. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until slightly golden and bubbly. Allow the casserole to rest for 5 minutes.
- Garnish with the remaining crumbled blue cheese and the chopped fresh parsley. Serve immediately.
- It is best to grate the cheese from a block. Shredded cheese that you buy in the grocery store tends to have a coating that prevents it from melting quite as well.
- You can easily assemble this dish ahead of time and then bake it right before serving.
- Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your casserole at the lower end of the recommended baking time.