Crispy Buffalo Chicken

This Crispy Buffalo Chicken is tender, juicy and easy to make! It’s coated in ranch dressing and buffalo sauce before being dipped in a panko bread crumb, cheese and hot seasoning blend mixture. We’ve totally fallen in love with it!

Crispy Buffalo Chicken with salad on white plate and blue napkin
Buffalo Chicken on white plate with salad and a bit taken out of chicken.

Amazing Crispy Buffalo Chicken

This Crispy Buffalo Chicken has become a new favorite for us. It’s baked, not fried, and has loads of flavor. Every time I make it, the hubs looks forward to the meal itself and the leftovers. He says it’s the best buffalo chicken ever!

Part of what makes this buffalo chicken so good is the extra special ingredient in the Panko crumb coating. It’s basically a powdered buffalo sauce that you can find mixed in with the spices at the grocery store. It gives the buffalo flavor a real kick and makes it super delicious. Plus, because it’s a powder, it helps contribute to a crispy texture by not adding moisture.

If you’re looking for an easy and tasty way to satisfy a buffalo craving, this is it.

panko mixture in white dish with buffalo mixture in background

Ingredients

This recipe uses simple ingredients and you probably have several of them on hand already.

  • Chicken Breasts: I use boneless and pound them to even thickness so that they all bake evenly
  • All Purpose Flour: For coating the chicken and helping the other coatings stick.
  • Salt and Pepper: For flavor.
  • Ranch Dressing: For coating the chicken and making the dipping sauce. Could also use blue cheese dressing instead.
  • Buffalo Sauce: For coating the chicken and making the dipping sauce. I use Frank’s Red Hot.
  • Panko Bread Crumbs: Combine them with the next twi ingredients for the crispy outside.
  • Shredded Cheese: I used a combination of cheddar and monterey jack.
  • Frank’s Red Hot Seasoning Blend: This stuff is brilliant. Buffalo sauce in powder form. Gives great flavor to the crispy coating.
Buffalo and ranch coated chicken sitting in a white dish full of panko mixture
Chicken sitting in panko mixture with panko mixture all over it

How to Make Crispy Buffalo Chicken

  1. Prepare Oven and Pan: You’ll want your oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Set out a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper or aluminum foil, then set it aside.
  2. Prepare your Chicken Breasts: I like to pound them to even thickness but you can also leave them as is.
  3. Combine Coatings: In a medium sized dish, combine the flour, salt and pepper. In another medium sized dish, combine the ranch dressing and buffalo sauce. In another medium sized dish, combine the Panko crumbs, cheese and seasoning blend.
  4. Coat Chicken: Dredge the chicken breasts in the flour, then dip into the buffalo sauce mixture, shaking gently to remove the excess. Next, dip each chicken breast into the Panko mixture and coat well on both sides, pressing the Panko onto the chicken.
  5. Prepare for Baking: Place each breast onto the prepared baking sheet. If there’s some Panko mixture remaining, divide it between the chicken breasts, lightly pressing it onto the tops.
  6. Bake: Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The time may vary a little depending on the size of your chicken breasts. If the topping starts to brown too much, cover lightly with some foil for the last few minutes of baking.
  7. Make Sauce: While the chicken bakes, combine the ingredients for the drizzling sauce.
  8. Serve: When the chicken is done, remove from the oven and drizzle with the sauce. Serve with your desired sides.
Crispy Buffalo chicken and salad on white plate

If you’re a fan of buffalo sauce and like the idea of a crispy chicken, this recipe is for you. It’s easy to make and completely addicting. I hope you love it as much as we do.

More Great Buffalo Recipes

Buffalo Chicken Dip
Buffalo Broccoli Salad
Baked Buffalo Chicken Sliders

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crispy buffalo chicken on white plate with salad
Recipe

Crispy Buffalo Chicken

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Crispy Buffalo Chicken is tender, juicy and easy to make! It’s coated in ranch dressing and buffalo sauce before being dipped in a panko bread crumb, cheese and hot seasoning blend mixture. We’ve totally fallen in love with it!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 4 large skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup (43g) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) buffalo sauce

Panko mixture

  • 3/4 cup (42g) Panko bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup (85g) shredded monterey jack or cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp Frank’s Red Hot seasoning blend
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Drizzling Sauce

  • 6 tbsp (90ml) ranch dressing
  • 6 tbsp (90ml) buffalo sauce


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and set out a baking sheet. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. Prepare your chicken breasts by pounding them to even thickness.
  3. In a medium sized dish, combine the flour, salt and pepper. In another medium sized dish, combine the ranch dressing and buffalo sauce. In another medium sized dish, combine the ingredients for the panko mixture.
  4. Dip both sides of the chicken breasts in the flour, then dip into the buffalo sauce mixture, shaking gently to remove the excess. Next, dip each chicken breast into the panko mixture and coat well on both sides, pressing the panko into the chicken. Place each breast onto the prepared baking sheet. If there’s some panko mixture remaining, divide it between the chicken breasts, lightly pressing it onto the tops.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 F. The time may vary depending on the size of your chicken breasts. If the topping starts to brown too much, cover lightly with some foil for the remainder of baking
  6. While the chicken bakes, combine the ingredients for the drizzling sauce.
  7. When the chicken is done, remove from the oven and drizzle with the sauce. Serve with your desired sides.

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10 Comments
  1. Barry Daugherty

    What a great recipe! My wife and I are doing Keto diet right now and I was able to easily modify this without losing much. I used almond flour instead of all purpose flour and used crushed pork rinds instead of Panko bread crumbs. One quick question. At the store, I saw two different Frank’s Red Hot seasoning blends. One is the original seasoning blend and the other is a ranch and buffalo seasoning. Since you didn’t specify ranch and buffalo, I assume you meant original. But since this is a ranch and buffalo chicken, the other may work really well. Have you tried the ranch and buffalo seasoning?

    Thanks again for another great recipe!

    1. Lindsay

      I’m glad your modifications worked well! I used the original seasoning blend and haven’t tried the other. Sounds like the other would work fine though.

  2. Tiffany

    This look ridiculously perfect! I can’t wait to try them. 😍

    Tiffany
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    1. Lindsay

      There isn’t really an alternative. But you could leave it out. The buffalo flavor wouldn’t be quite as strong though.

      1. Becky

        I have it in the oven now. I can’t wait to try it! My store didn’t have the blend. I had some garlic sriracha seasoning and used that in its place. Ive got the Frank’s blend ordered through Amazon.

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