Baked Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash.

This buffalo chicken spaghetti squash can take you through the week right into game day! It’s a dreamy weeknight meal that everyone absolutely loves. I mean this is, sort, unofficially, buffalo chicken week. Right? Super bowl week? Let’s pretend.  I’m weirdly excited that this is sort of something to look forward to next weekend. It’s […]

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This buffalo chicken spaghetti squash can take you through the week right into game day! It’s a dreamy weeknight meal that everyone absolutely loves.

buffalo chicken spaghetti squash

I mean this is, sort, unofficially, buffalo chicken week. Right? Super bowl week? Let’s pretend. 

spaghetti squash

I’m weirdly excited that this is sort of something to look forward to next weekend. It’s not like we’ve had a ton of that over the last year, so even though I don’t reeeeeally care about the game per se, I’m still into the whole idea of it all. 

And the snacks.

Maybe you’re like me and in it for the food AND the amazingness that is Tom Brady (he is life goals). And if so, I have a recipe for you! 

Or maybe you just want to make this for dinner tonight. That’s an excellent idea too. 

chicken with wing sauce in a skillet

When I was first testing this recipe, I really wanted it to work with chickpeas. Buffalo chickpeas sounded SO good to me in spaghetti squash. It is good, but ultimately not enough texture for me. I think if you made a base of buffalo spaghetti squash, and make my crispy chickpeas separately, they would be perfect on top and add even more texture than this chicken version! 

A great alternative if you don’t eat meat, or if, like me, you’re just a major chickpea lover.

prepping buffalo chicken spaghetti squash

Since I’ve been trashing up any and all recipes with buffalo chicken flavoring for over a decade, I’ve come up with the PERFECT (seriously most perfect) combo of flavors that you need.

Best buffalo flavor combo:

Wing sauce, of course. Our go-to is Frank’s buffalo wing (not the regular red hot) and I love to melt it with some butter. It’s best that way.

Sharp cheddar and blue cheese – a mix of both! I use more cheddar than blue, but usually finish things off with crumbled blue. Adds the perfect tang.

Blue cheese dressing and ranch dressing. Either both (my preference), or one or the other, depending on what you have and love. I know that not everyone is a blue cheese freak like I am.

My buffalo wing herb trifecta, which is a combo of cilantro, chives and green onions. All tossed together.

Yes, it sounds crazy, but these things above are what brings the whole buffalo wing combo to life and I swear I can tell if one piece is left out of the puzzle. Swear it! 

Of course, you can change them up based on your preferences, what you have and what you love.

buffalo chicken spaghetti squash

Now that I’ve officially revealed myself as a buffalo wing sauce freak, let’s talk about the actual recipe. Duh.

We adore spaghetti squash in this house. I never look at it as a replacement for pasta or anything – we just really love it regularly! This spaghetti squash parmesan and broccoli cheese spaghetti squash are weeknight faves.

Love them!

My go-to method for stuffing it with whatever flavor my heart desires? Slice it, remove the seeds, bake the halves and then scrape the strands to get a head start. This means that whatever you stuff it with will be all incorporated with the squash and you’ll get perfect bites that include everything. I always choose to eat it out of the squash “bowl,” but you can always scrape out the strands and top it with the buffalo wing fixings, like I do with this lemon butter spaghetti squash.

bite of buffalo chicken spaghetti squash

If you’re in the mood to buffalo wing all the things, a few of my favorites are this buffalo chicken soup, buffalo cauliflower soup, buffalo chicken guacamole pizza, buffalo chicken chili, grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches, buffalo cauliflower lettuce cups, buffalo wing shrimp with blue cheese grits, grilled buffalo caesar salad, buffalo chicken french breads or this loaded buffalo wing dip.

And that barely scratches the surface.

buffalo chicken spaghetti squash

What I love about this squash is that it’s such a great weeknight meal. So filling and satisfying. In a pinch you could use rotisserie chicken and if you want to make it more bar-food like, use frozen popcorn chicken that is extra crispy, tossed in sauce.

So good and DELISH!

buffalo chicken spaghetti squash

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

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Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

This buffalo chicken spaghetti squash can take you through the week right into game day! It’s a dreamy weeknight meal that everyone loves.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 whole spaghetti squash
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  • cup buffalo wing sauce, plus more for drizzling
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • cup blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing, or a mixture of both
  • 1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray.
  • Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scrape out the sides. Brush the cut sides with olive oil. Place the squash cut-side down on a baking sheet. Roast for 25 minutes.
  • While the squash is roasting, make the chicken. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Sprinkle the chicken all over with salt and pepper. Place it in the skillet and brown on all sides, cooking through, about 5 to 6 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and drizzle in the ½ cup buffalo wing sauce. Sprinkle in half of the sliced scallions. Toss to coat then turn off the heat.
  • When the squash are done, remove the baking sheet and flip the squash over. Use a fork to scrape some of the squash up. Season the squash with a pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle on some buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese dressing or ranch, if you wish. Sprinkle on a little bit of cheddar. Next, layer on the chicken and divide the pieces evenly between the squash.
  • Top with the remaining cheddar and the blue cheese. Place back in the oven and cook for another 15 minutes, until all the cheese is bubbly and warm.
  • Remove the squash from the oven. Stir together the remaining green onions, cilantro and chives. Sprinkle them all over the squash. Drizzle with more wing sauce if you'd like and top with crumbled blue cheese if you wish. Serve!
  • These are delish for lunch/dinner leftovers too. I simply wrap the entire squash in foil and refrigerate. Then I reheat in a low oven (like 300 degrees) for 20 minutes or so until warm.

buffalo chicken spaghetti squash

I am convinced!

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Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches.

With gorgonzola slaw! Oh yes. Make these buffalo chicken sandwiches happen tonight please. You know how sometimes you get a crazy craving in your head? One that just sounds so good and you can’t get rid of it? This sandwich is a direct result of that. I’ve always been a cravings based person (except when […]

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With gorgonzola slaw! Oh yes. Make these buffalo chicken sandwiches happen tonight please.

grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches with gorgonzola slaw

You know how sometimes you get a crazy craving in your head? One that just sounds so good and you can’t get rid of it?

This sandwich is a direct result of that.

grilled buffalo chicken

I’ve always been a cravings based person (except when I was pregnant, weirdly enough!) and that’s never really changed. So when I thought of grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches, I couldn’t get them out of my head.

And it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of buffalo wing flavored, well… ANYTHING. 

gorgonzola slaw

While we’ve been quarantining, I’ve succeeded at a few things – most notably, making perfect grilled chicken. I don’t know why or how, but it’s like most other things in cooking – after doing it over and over again, you just get a feel for it and know when the chicken is ready.

So we’ve had a lot of grilled chicken! Eddie doesn’t mind. Obviously. 

When you grilled it and slather it in buttery hot sauce? Wow. It doesn’t get better.

grilled buffalo chicken

The other, maybe even more incredible, thing about this sandwich? The gorgonzola slaw. OH YES OH YES. 

It’s crunchy, flavorful and just barely creamy. Basically the perfect consistency! 

The gorgonzola slaw is from a recipe in my first cookbook, Seriously Delish. I served it on slow roasted chicken tacos and it’s easily one of my favorite things in the whole book.

grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches with gorgonzola slaw

So that’s what we have here! Gorgonzola slaw on top of saucy, slightly spicy grilled chicken. Maybe a little blue cheese sauce if you want.

Serve on a toasty, buttery and soft brioche bun. 

It is heaven!

grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches with gorgonzola slaw

This is a quick and easy meal that you can throw together for dinner. You can make the slaw a bit ahead of time and it even keeps well in the fridge for leftovers. There’s a lot of flavor, texture and it’s satisfying too.

You can also slice the chicken and serve it over the slaw, minus the bun! 

We’ve got it all covered for dinner now.

grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches with gorgonzola slaw

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

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Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

These grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches are smoky and saucy and topped with refreshing gorgonzola slaw and a spritz of lime!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 thin sliced chicken breasts (I slice 3 breasts in half)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup hot sauce (like frank’s red hot or frank’s buffalo wing)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • brioche buns, for serving
  • ranch or blue cheese dressing, for serving

gorgonzola slaw

  • 2 to 3 cups chopped/shredded green or savoy cabbage, or 1 (14oz) bag coleslaw mix
  • 1 large carrot, peeled into ribbons
  • 4 ounces crumbled gorgonzola cheese, plus extra for serving if you wish
  • 3 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or avocado oil or another oil you love
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat your grill to the highest setting.
  • For the chicken, I like to use thin sliced breasts because I think they are easier to eat on a sandwich. I usually buy chicken breasts and slice them in half lengthwise.
  • Season the chicken breasts all over with a pinch of salt, pepper and the smoked paprika and garlic powder.
  • Heat a small saucepan over medium heat and place the hot sauce and butter in it. Cook just until the butter melts, stirring often. You can also do this in the microwave!
  • You want the grill heat between 400 and 450 degrees, so reduce the heat slightly if needed. Place the chicken on the grill. Grill for 4 minutes, then flip and grill for 3 minutes more. Brush the chicken with the buffalo wing sauce. Flip, brush the other side, and grill for another minute. You can do this 1 or 2 more times, you want the internal temperature to be 165 degrees F. It may take more or less time based on the thickness of your chicken breast! You can also throw the buns on the grill for 1 to 2 minutes if you’d like.
  • When the chicken is done, remove it from the grill and brush it with more of the buffalo sauce.
  • To serve, if desired you can add a little bit of blue cheese dressing or ranch on the bottom of the bun. Top with the chicken breast (or 2, if you’re my husband), then top with the slaw. You can add an extra sprinkle of gorgonzola too! Eat immediately. Yum.

gorgonzola slaw

  • Place the shredded cabbage and carrots in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the cheese, yogurt, lime juice and olive oil. Pour it over the cabbage and toss thoroughly until everything is combined. Season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper and toss well. The slaw will not be super creamy and saucy - it’s very much a light coating.

grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches with gorgonzola slaw

Take.a.bite.

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