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Bold Flavors in a Crunchy Shell: Easy Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Bold Flavors in a Crunchy Shell: Easy Buffalo Chicken Tacos



Try these easy Buffalo chicken tacos for a bold flavor in a crunchy shell! Perfect for taco night & guaranteed to be a hit with the family.

buffalo chicken tacos recipe

Are you tired of the same old taco flavors? Look no further than Buffalo Chicken Tacos! This recipe combines tender chicken in spicy buffalo sauce with melted cheese, crispy taco shells, and optional toppings like shredded lettuce and creamy Ranch dressing. The result is a flavor explosion that will tantalize your taste buds and add excitement to your next Taco Tuesday. So, get ready to take your taste buds on a wild ride with this delicious and easy-to-make buffalo chicken tacos recipe.

What You’ll Need to Make Buffalo Chicken Tacos

To make this easy and delicious buffalo chicken tacos recipe, you’ll need the following main ingredients:

buffalo chicken taco ingredients

  • Chicken breast or pre-cooked chicken: The chicken is the main protein source for this recipe and provides a neutral flavor that is complemented by the spicy buffalo sauce. Slicing or shredding the chicken allows it to absorb more of the buffalo sauce and distribute the flavors throughout the taco.
  • Cream cheese: Cream cheese is used to create a creamy and tangy base for the buffalo sauce. Its rich and velvety texture helps balance out the heat of the hot sauce and gives the chicken a smooth and rich coating.
  • Hot sauce: Hot sauce is the star of the show in this recipe and provides the spicy and tangy flavor that buffalo chicken is known for. It’s important to use a hot sauce that you enjoy and that has the level of heat that you desire.
  • Hard taco shells: Hard taco shells provide a crispy and crunchy texture to the dish and help to hold the filling in place. They also add a bit of saltiness to the dish, which balances out the spice of the chicken.
  • Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese: The shredded cheese adds a rich and creamy element to the tacos, and it also helps to cool down the heat from the hot sauce. Cheddar cheese has a sharper flavor, while Monterey jack cheese has a milder taste, so you can choose which one you prefer based on your taste preferences.

Overall, each ingredient in this buffalo chicken tacos recipe contributes to the taste and flavor of the dish, resulting in a delicious and satisfying meal.

Easy-to-Make Buffalo Chicken Tacos Recipe

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

buffalo chicken taco recipe

2. Cook chicken in a medium skillet on medium heat until done, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer to cutting board and slice or shred.

buffalo chicken tacos recipe

3. While chicken is cooking, microwave cream cheese and hot sauce in a large bowl for about 30 seconds. Whisk together until smooth.

4. Add chicken to sauce and toss to coat.

buffalo chicken taco recipe

5. Fill taco shells with chicken and place standing up in a baking dish. Top with cheese.

buffalo chicken tacos recipe

6. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese has melted.

7. Serve with lettuce and Ranch dressing.

What to Serve with Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Tired of the same old taco toppings and sides? These creative serving ideas will give your Buffalo Chicken Tacos an exciting twist. By trying out these serving ideas, you can elevate your Buffalo Chicken Tacos into a truly memorable meal that your family and friends will love!

how to make buffalo chicken tacos

  1. Classic sides: Serve your Buffalo Chicken Tacos with classic sides like rice, beans, or a simple salad. These sides will help balance out the spicy flavors of the tacos and add some extra nutrition to your meal.
  2. Mexican street corn: Add some extra flavor to your meal by serving Buffalo Chicken Tacos with Mexican street corn. This flavorful side dish is made with grilled corn on the cob, smothered in a creamy sauce, and topped with crumbled cheese and spices.
  3. Avocado salsa: If you’re a fan of avocado, you’ll love serving Buffalo Chicken Tacos with fresh and flavorful avocado salsa. Simply dice up some ripe avocados, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro, and mix them with a squeeze of lime juice and a pinch of salt.
  4. Baked sweet potato fries: Add some crunch to your meal by serving Buffalo Chicken Tacos with baked sweet potato fries, or try my easy recipe for air fryer sweet potato wedges. These fries are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They’re a healthier alternative to traditional French fries.
  5. Margaritas: Wash down your spicy Buffalo Chicken Tacos with a refreshing margarita. This classic Mexican cocktail is made with tequila, lime juice, and triple sec, and it’s the perfect complement to the spicy flavors of the tacos.

How to Store/Make Ahead Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Looking for a meal prep idea? These storage tips allow you to prepare this buffalo chicken tacos recipe ahead of time and enjoy it throughout the week, making it an excellent option for busy weeknights or quick lunches. Save time without sacrificing flavor or quality, and enjoy a delicious and satisfying meal all week long.

buffalo chicken tacos

  1. Refrigeration: If you have leftovers, store the tacos in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Make sure to let the tacos cool to room temperature before storing them in the fridge.
  2. Freezing: If you want to freeze the tacos, wrap each taco individually in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer-safe bag. They will keep in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. To reheat, remove the plastic wrap and heat in the microwave or oven until heated through.
  3. Storage of the chicken mixture: If you have leftover chicken mixture, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. You can use the leftover chicken mixture to make another batch of tacos or use it as a topping for salads or baked potatoes.
  4. Reheating: To reheat the tacos, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the tacos for 10-12 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat the tacos in the microwave for 30-60 seconds.
  5. Assembling the tacos ahead of time: If you’re short on time during the week, you can prepare the chicken mixture and assemble the tacos ahead of time. Simply store the tacos in the fridge until you’re ready to bake them in the oven.

buffalo chicken taco recipe

Buffalo Chicken Tacos are a delicious and versatile recipe that can be enjoyed in many ways. Whether you’re hosting a party or just need a quick weeknight dinner option, these tacos are sure to impress with their bold flavors and satisfying texture. The creamy cheese, fiery buffalo sauce, and crispy taco shells make for a mouth-watering combination that will leave you wanting more. In addition, this recipe is easy to customize with your favorite toppings and sides, so you can make it your own. So, what are you waiting for? Try this recipe, and let us know how it turned out for you! Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just starting out in the kitchen, these Buffalo Chicken Tacos will surely become a new favorite in your recipe collection. Enjoy!

MORE CHICKEN RECIPES TO TRY!

Sheet Pan Chicken with Artichokes and Potatoes

Easy Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Thai Red Chicken Curry Recipe

Easy Chicken Divan Casserole

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Easy Buffalo Chicken Tacos


  • Author: Jocelyn Brown
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings (8-9 tacos) 1x

Description

Try these easy Buffalo chicken tacos for a bold flavor in a crunchy shell! Perfect for taco night & guaranteed to be a hit with the family.


Ingredients

Scale

1 pound chicken breast or pre-cooked chicken, sliced or shredded

3 ounces cream cheese

2 ounces hot sauce

8 hard taco shells, regular size

34 ounces cheddar or monterey jack cheese, shredded

½1 cup shredded lettuce (optional)

2 ounces Ranch dressing (optional)


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

2. In a medium-sized skillet, cook chicken on medium heat until done, about 3-4 minutes on each side. 

3. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and slice or shred.

4. While the chicken is cooking, place cream cheese and hot sauce in a large microwave-safe bowl for about 30 seconds.  Whisk together until smooth and creamy.  

5. Add chicken to sauce and toss to coat. 

6. Fill taco shells with chicken and place standing up in a baking dish.  Top with cheese and bake for 10 minutes or until cheese has melted. 

7. Serve with lettuce and Ranch dressing.  

8. Enjoy!

Notes

*If you’re not using a non-stick pan, you may need to add 1-2 teaspoons to skillet before cooking.   If using pre-cooked chicken, heat in skillet until warm before adding to sauce.  Size of chicken breasts vary, which can alter cook time.  Cook until internal temperature is 165 degrees and insides are no longer pink.

*I prefer Frank’s hot sauce, but your favorite works too.  2 ounces of hot sauce makes this recipe mildly spicy.  

  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: buffalo tacos, buffalo chicken tacos

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A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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28 Comments

  1. 03/05/2023 / 3:01 pm

    For last few months we have been doing taco Tuesday at my place. My son loves tacos snd we keep exploring different recipes everytime. This recipe is just perfect for the next one.

  2. Neely Moldovan
    03/04/2023 / 2:58 am

    Definitely adding this to our meal rotation! WE have been looking for a good chicken taco recipe!

  3. Melissa Cushing
    03/03/2023 / 8:14 pm

    Wow…. I so want to grab these right off of the screen they look so good! I ma pinning this recipe as my whole family will go wild for this one! Delish and thank you!

  4. 03/02/2023 / 11:56 pm

    The recipe looks mouth watering and delicious. I must try it out.

  5. 03/02/2023 / 8:57 pm

    Wow, I think the tenderness of the chicken and the crispness of the taco compliment each other very well. ~ Thanks for the recipe and i would love to try that soon!

  6. 03/02/2023 / 4:01 pm

    Looks good! Other than tomato or mango salsa, I would love to have this chicken tacos as well!

  7. 03/02/2023 / 12:59 pm

    Yum, we love tacos as a family but haven’t had some recently as we’ve been focusing on soups. This looks delicious and easy to make! We need to get back to taco Friday and I’ll be making this recipe this week. Yum!!

  8. 03/02/2023 / 3:27 am

    This looks so, so good! I’m obsessed with avocado salsa. I love making it fresh during the summer months. Definitely saving this recipe to try. I’m always trying to find healthy recipes that are easy and delicious!

  9. 03/02/2023 / 2:58 am

    This reminds me I haven’t made tacos in months! Thank you for the inspiration, I might make some this week!

  10. 03/02/2023 / 2:42 am

    I just love tacos and these look so delicious! Need to try these out

  11. 03/02/2023 / 2:06 am

    These look super tasty and I’d love to try them out next taco night we have!

  12. 03/02/2023 / 12:15 am

    Ooohhhhh….this is truly teasing, a recipe of tacos! In my head, I am playing with numerous foods I can pair with these chicken tacos. Thanks for the recipe.

  13. 03/01/2023 / 11:28 pm

    My family loves tacos in general! Adding this Buffalo chicken is a good variety! Love them spicy!

  14. 03/01/2023 / 10:12 pm

    These sound amazing! I have everything but the cream cheese but I think I want to try these tonight.

  15. Monica
    03/01/2023 / 9:45 pm

    These would be perfect for our next taco night. I haven’t made crunchy tacos in a long time.

  16. 03/01/2023 / 7:14 pm

    That looks so delicious, tacos are one of my family’s favorites and I will be sure to fix this recipe up for them. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Richelle Milar
    03/01/2023 / 5:27 pm

    Wow! My kids are going to love this for sure! This looks absolutely delicious and tasty!

  18. Claudia
    03/01/2023 / 4:57 pm

    Wow, this looks so delish. I know these buffalo Chicken Tacos would be right up for my family. Its the perfect recipe for this weekend.

  19. beth
    03/01/2023 / 4:56 pm

    We all love Buffalo chicken-style food at our house. My kids can go anything for spicy food. Im so excited to try this taco.

  20. Debbie
    03/01/2023 / 8:46 am

    My husband will love these buffalo chicken tacos. He loves all tacos – especially spicy ones. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  21. Dana
    03/01/2023 / 7:11 am

    These easy buffalo chicken tacos look amazing and easy to make. My husband would love them and he’s very picky!

  22. sara lafountain
    03/01/2023 / 7:00 am

    These buffalo chicken tacos were so delicious! My whole family loved them. Easy to make and crunchy and easy to eat.

  23. Luna S
    03/01/2023 / 6:03 am

    Not normally a fan of buffalo flavor, but these look awesome! I will have to try them out, thanks for sharing this.

  24. LisaLisa
    03/01/2023 / 5:41 am

    Oh yum! I would love to make these for my family. Easy and quick to make while looking tasty.

  25. Tara Pittman
    03/01/2023 / 4:36 am

    My husband would love these tacos. He is all about spicy.

  26. 03/01/2023 / 4:32 am

    I can’t wait to try your easy buffalo chicken tacos! I love chicken tacos, and now I must try this bold recipe!

  27. Ladena
    03/01/2023 / 3:23 am

    I LOVE chicken tacos. I need to try your recipe. I’m sure my family would love it!

  28. Amber Myers
    03/01/2023 / 2:40 am

    We love having tacos for dinner. I cannot wait to make these one night. Yum!

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