This fun-sized take on the game day appetizer offers everything you love about Buffalo wings, minus the bones, messy frying, and any risk of your drunk friends dripping sauce all over the place. Instead of wings, we simply take chicken thighs, simmer them directly in butter 'n hot sauce, shred, and mix with celery. The blue cheese comes in the accompanying crostini: baguette slices toasted and spread with butter and blue cheese.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
2 hrs
additional:
20 mins
total:
2 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
2 cups chicken spread
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Blue Cheese Crostini:

Directions

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  • Heat a dry saucepan over high heat. Place thighs skin-side down in the hot pan and cook until skin is browned, seasoning generously with salt, about 5 minutes. Turn thighs over once skin no longer sticks to the pan. Add butter, Louisiana hot sauce, and water. Toss thighs around to stir the sauce until butter is melted.

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  • Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until meat can be easily pulled from the bone, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from heat and break meat up into smaller pieces using tongs, stirring it into the sauce. Let mixture cool to room temperature, at least 20 minutes.

  • Transfer meat to a mixing bowl, shredding it into smaller pieces. Discard bones, cartilage, and skin.

  • Bring the sauce in the pan to a boil over medium-high heat. Let reduce until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Pour sauce into the bowl of chicken meat and mix thoroughly. Taste for seasoning; add salt, cayenne, and hot sauce as needed. Add celery and mix one last time.

  • Pack chicken mixture into a pint-sized jar or crock, and top with a spoonful of hot sauce if desired, and seal jar. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Remove from fridge 30 minutes before service to allow spread to warm up a bit.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) in the meantime. Arrange baguette slices on a baking sheet. Brush tops generously with butter.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until edges start to turn golden brown, about 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, smear butter and blue cheese together in a small bowl until combined.

  • Remove toasted baguette slices and let cool slightly, leaving the oven on. Spread blue cheese spread on top, then continue baking crostini until golden brown and crispy, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve with the Buffalo chicken spread.

Nutrition Facts

224 calories; protein 10.7g; carbohydrates 12.2g; fat 14.7g; cholesterol 52.5mg; sodium 502mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2020
Delicious!!! I made this as Chef John's recipe was written and this spread is a winner. A no mess way to eat Buffalo style chicken with all of the favorites you would expect. Be sure and make the blue cheese spread and put it on a crostini! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2020
Delicious!!! I made this as Chef John's recipe was written and this spread is a winner. A no mess way to eat Buffalo style chicken with all of the favorites you would expect. Be sure and make the blue cheese spread and put it on a crostini! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2020
I used White Castello cheese instead of blue cheese as hubby not keen on blue. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/11/2020
Didn't try yet but will Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2020
Wow Chef John!! As usual your recipe did not dissapoint. This was AMAZINGGGG Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2020
This turned out delicious! Had to make my own hot sauce, but I will definitely make this again. Read More
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