Buffalo Chicken Bowls

Oh hi, delicious bowls of buffalo bliss. Come sit by me.

Buffalo Chicken Bowls / Bev Cooks

These are like buffalo chicken wraps (my fave ever), but in a bowl! Like a Chipotle burrito bowl (also fave ever), but buffalo! Like if Paul McCartney and Stevie Nicks had a yummy hybrid love baby! Don’t tell them I said that.

A few weekends ago we walked to a new restaurant in our neighborhood, and within .34342 seconds I spotted “Buffalo Bowls” on their menu. So of course I was all over that. *see McCartney Nicks hybrid love baby.

It was a reaaaaaally good bowl. I knew I had to recreate it at home for ya. But with a few painless tweaks! Natch.

Buffalo Chicken Bowls / Bev Cooks

First of all, we’re frying. #praises

I hardly EVER fry. Only if the laws of astrophysics guide my soul fairies to go to such tasty lengths, shall I fry. But I knew in this case, frying had to be done. I wanted that extra TEXTURE, ya know? But by all means, you can totally bake the chicken! But don’t.

Second of all, ignore my veiny hand. Aren’t we so glad I’m not a hand model? I would be soooo fired.

Buffalo Chicken Bowls / Bev Cooks

Battered chicken cubies. Also known as the gateway to true love.

Buffalo Chicken Bowls / Bev Cooks

I didn’t photograph the actual frying, because that completely stresses me out. But I did Snapchat it! *see McCartney Nicks hybrid love baby.

You’ll toss those lil’ lovelies with a mix of buffalo sauce and BUTTAH. And you’ll taste one glorious bite and not be able to control yourself, only to end up sobbing on the kitchen floor with buffalo sauce all over your head and zero chicken bites left.

Real life.

Buffalo Chicken Bowls / Bev Cooks

Oh yes, child. After some heavy topping loadage, you’re ready to go. Sliced carrots, minced celery, onion shavings, all the blue cheese, and cilantro. And extra hot sauce for the daredevils! (me and paul and stevie)

These bowls are gooooooooood. Not really ideal for a big party, since they’re all dinnery. But great for Sunday night football at home, when you still want game day flavors, but not a whole crowd of people destroying your house and life. So basically, you’re welcome.

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Buffalo Chicken Bowls / Bev Cooks

Also, Buffalo Chicken Bowls.

Buffalo Chicken Bowls:

What it took for four:

* 2 cups brown rice (plus four cups water)
* 1 1/2 pound chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
* 1 cup flour
* 1/2 tsp cayenne
* 1 good pinch each salt and pepper
* 2 eggs
* 1/2 cup buffalo sauce (I use Frank’s)
* 2-3 Tbs. butter, melted
* vegetable oil for frying
* toppings: thinly sliced carrots (two carrots), minced celery (two stalks), thinly sliced red onion (1/2 cup), crumbled blue cheese (a truckload), cilantro leaves (millions)
*extra hot sauce for serving

Cook the brown rice in a rice cooker (or stovetop!) until the beep goes off. Done.

Combine the flour, cayenne, salt and pepper in medium shallow bowl. Crack the two eggs in another shallow dish, and lightly beat. Dredge the chicken in the flour mix first, shaking off any excess. Then dip/coat it in the egg wash. Then lightly dredge it once more back in the flour mix. Double battered! Continue with the rest of the chicken chunks.

Fry in hot oil until golden brown on all sides, about two minutes per batch. Let rest on paper towels to drain.

Combine the buffalo sauce and the melted butter. Pour over the fried chicken chunks and toss to coat. This is going to be the best moment of your day slash life.

At this point, you build your bowls. Evenly divide the rice among four dinner bowls. Add the chicken, and load up on all the goodies. Just pile it on for days. Garnish with cilantro and serve with extra hot sauce!

Buffalo Chicken Bowls / Bev Cooks

*see McCartney Nicks hybrid love baby.

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23 Responses to Buffalo Chicken Bowls

  1. Lauren October 13, 2015 at 10:27 am #
    Oh Bev... You DO know the way to my heart.... BUFFALO.
    • Laura @ Raise Your Garden October 14, 2015 at 6:37 am #
      Being from Buffalo, I'm in love!! And yes, Frank's Red Hot is made right here in the B-Lo. Love these bowls. Let's celebrate with some Sponge Candy and Loganberry..........
  2. Kelly October 13, 2015 at 12:19 pm #
    You had me at Buffalo.
  3. Missy October 13, 2015 at 1:56 pm #
    I have been saying I need to create a buffalo flavored things pinterest board and this seals it!
  4. Jaida (Sweet Beginnings) October 13, 2015 at 2:39 pm #
    Yesssss. All the buffalo! Looks delish!
  5. Bella B October 13, 2015 at 11:59 pm #
    My brother would love me forever if I made this for him. He loves buffalo anything! xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com
  6. Brian @ A Thought For Food October 14, 2015 at 10:46 am #
    This looks like a lot of our weeknight meals... big rice bowls topped with a variety of veggies and protein (fish, tofu, tempeh... meat for Eric). Actually, I have a feeling doing a buffalo sauce marinated tempeh would be just fabulous. Totally giving this beauty a try!
  7. Emma Smith October 16, 2015 at 3:55 am #
    I adore this buffalo-chicken combination. Though I'm not a huge beef fan, I have to admit mixing it chicken is among my top 5 meals. Great recipe. However I make it little bit different - the fresh vegetables you put on top, I usually replace with steamed ones. The taste is exquisite!
  8. Angie October 19, 2015 at 12:05 am #
    Sunday Night Football dinner was a hit! This is so good. And, I have to say that my favorite part was the celery. That little crunch in my rice with the spicy and the blue cheese was crazy good. Bravo!
  9. Allison October 20, 2015 at 10:33 am #
    In. My. Mouth. I never fry food. Half for health reasons, but mostly because this one time my husband thought, "Hey, Allison, you should fry Brussels sprouts. Michael Simon did it." So I did it. AND nearly burned down my house and we had to eat black, raw mini cabbage balls. Gross. But, this is chicken, not Brussels sprouts, and BUF-FA-LO sauce. Hello. So, I made this last night and... mouth heaven. (Is that a thing?) The crunchy veg and cheese are my -ish. (Sorry, not sorry.) THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
  10. Sarah October 25, 2015 at 8:39 pm #
    Made this tonight and YUM!! A new family favorite.
  11. Christine @ Cooking with Cakes October 29, 2015 at 12:49 pm #
    LOVE how you fry up the chicken, double down on that 'ish girrrl! and who doesn't love to dive face first into a bowl of buffalo? it's how I'd wake up everyday if could
  12. Aubrey November 2, 2015 at 2:57 pm #
    Hi. For the frying, how deep does the oil need to be?
    • Bev Weidner November 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm #
      I used enough to cover like two inches of the pan! One of those big jugs, ya know? Good luck!
  13. Jen Renee October 17, 2017 at 12:38 pm #
    Bought the pre-shredded carrot, pre-chopped celery, pre-crumbled blue cheese, diced and pan-seared the chicken. Just rolled around in a bowl of Frank's hot sauce, omitted butter. Used brown rice. So a pretty healthy and quick weeknight meal. Yes, it would've been better with fried chicken but this version was great too! Going to start making this ahead of time and putting in individual containers for work lunches. Thanks for the recipe!


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