Buffalo Chicken Rangoons

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Crispy, savory buffalo chicken rangoons you can make in the air fryer! The perfect snack for Super Bowl parties and game days.

Buffalo chicken rangoons with buffalo ranch dip.

Looking for the perfect game day appetizer to add to your Super Bowl spread this year? Stop your search now and make these crispy air fryer buffalo chicken rangoons. You won’t regret it.

With a crispy wonton shell and a spicy buffalo chicken dip-inspired filling, these rangoons are the perfect combination of crunchy and creamy, all wrapped up into dippable, bite-size finger foods you can easily snack on during the big game. Serve them with our 4-ingredient buffalo ranch dip and you’ve got an irresistible party snack!

A plate of buffalo chicken rangoons.

What Are Buffalo Chicken Rangoons?

Our buffalo chicken rangoons are inspired by crab rangoons, a popular Chinese wonton filled with cream cheese and crab. These savory wonton bites are a buffalo style take on the dish, filled with a mixture of cream cheese, chicken, Frank’s Red Hot, cheese, and ranch dressing. AKA, the ultimate game day snack!

Buffalo Chicken Rangoons Recipe Ingredients

To make our buffalo chicken rangoons, you’re essentially making our buffalo chicken dip recipe, letting it cool, and wrapping it up in wonton wrappers. Super simple, yet irresistibly delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need to make this air fryer buffalo chicken rangoon recipe:

  • Cream cheese
  • Frank’s Red Hot
  • Ranch dressing
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Shredded chicken
  • Wonton wrappers

Plus, we recommend serving buffalo chicken rangoons with our 4-ingredient buffalo ranch dip for creamy contrast to the crunchy, crispy wonton wrappers. Here’s what you’ll need for the dipping sauce:

  • Ranch dressing
  • Frank’s Red Hot
  • Butter
  • Salt

Note that you’ll need shredded, cooked chicken to make this recipe. You can either boil it in a pot of salted water for about 10 minutes, simmer (covered) in a pot of salted water for about 20 minutes, prepare it in an Instant Pot, or use a rotisserie chicken. Go with whatever method fits your schedule and needs.

A plate of buffalo chicken wontons.

How To Make Buffalo Chicken Rangoons

Making buffalo chicken rangoons (or wontons) is a 2-step process. You’ll need to plan ahead and start preparing the ingredients at least a few hours ahead of time.

Part one: Make the buffalo chicken rangoon filling (do this plenty early so it has time to cool). Here’s how:

  1. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Next, combine the softened cream cheese, Frank’s Red Hot, ranch dressing, shredded cheddar, and shredded chicken in an oven-safe baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir until evenly combined.
  3. Let the filling cool at room temperature for about 1 hour. Then, refrigerate for at least 2 hours. You want it to be cold enough to easily scoop into the wonton wrappers later on.

Since you need the filling to be cold, you can easily complete this first part of the recipe a day or two in advance. When you’re ready to make the wontons, simply use the prepared filling straight from the refrigerator.

Once the filling is cold, you can move onto part two of making buffalo chicken rangoons: folding and cooking!

Prepare your work station: Fill a small bowl with water and set it on the table. Lay out a large sheet of parchment paper to work on, and open the package of wonton wrappers. Dampen a paper towel and use it to cover the stack of wonton wrappers – you want them to stay moist so they don’t crack when you try to fold the wontons.

Next, wrap the buffalo chicken rangoons into a classic wonton shape. Here’s how:

  1. First, dip your finger into the bowl of water and dampen the outer edges of a single wonton wrapper. 
  2. Then, spoon about 1 tablespoon of the filling into the center of the wrapper. 
  3. Next, gently pick up opposite corners of the wrapper, pinching them together in the center. Repeat with the remaining corners until all 4 corners are pinched together.
  4. Finally, seal the edges closed by pinching them together between your fingers, making sure all 4 edges are completely sealed.
  5. Set aside, and cover with a dampened paper towel to keep moist while you continue folding the rest of the wontons.

In the meantime, preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F and generously spray the basket with vegetable oil. Once you have a few wontons folded, you can start cooking them in batches. We can usually fit about 5 or 6 at a time in our 3-quart air fryer basket.

Here’s how to cook buffalo chicken rangoons in the air fryer:

  1. Add the buffalo chicken rangoons to the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving at least an inch of space between them.
  2. Spray generously with vegetable oil.
  3. Cook for about 8 minutes, or until crispy.

Finally, let the rangoons cool for at least 5 minutes before serving so you don’t burn your mouth. Serve with buffalo ranch dip (details in the recipe card below), ranch dressing, or blue cheese and enjoy!

Dipping a buffalo chicken wonton into buffalo ranch sauce.

Storing & Reheating Buffalo Chicken Rangoons

Although they taste best when cooked fresh, you can store any leftover buffalo chicken rangoons in the fridge for up to 4 days. Make sure to put them in an airtight container.

For crispy results that will taste almost just like you made them fresh, reheat the buffalo chicken rangoons in the air fryer at 350 degrees F. Remember to spray the basket generously with oil, and spray the tops of the rangoons with oil again, too (this helps them crisp). Cook for about 5 minutes, let cool for at least 3 minutes, and enjoy!

When To Serve Buffalo Chicken Rangoons

You’ll want any excuse to make these savory buffalo chicken rangoons! They’re one of the best Super Bowl snacks we can think of – spicy, salty, and poppable (and they go great with a beer). Serve them at any party alongside these other finger foods for a delectable restaurant style spread your guests will love:

Try our easy recipe for buffalo chicken rangoons and you won’t be disappointed! Please rate, comment, and share below to let us know what you think of this decadent game day snack.

Crispy air fryer buffalo chicken rangoons.

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Buffalo Chicken Rangoons

Crispy, savory buffalo chicken rangoons you can make in the air fryer! The perfect snack for Super Bowl parties and game days.
Servings 20 wontons
Prep Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours

Equipment

Ingredients

Buffalo Chicken Rangoons

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup Frank's Red Hot
  • ¼ cup light ranch dressing
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 20 wonton wrappers

Buffalo Ranch Dip

  • ½ cup light ranch dressing
  • ½ cup Frank's Red Hot
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

Buffalo Chicken Rangoons

  • First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In an oven-safe baking dish, combine the chicken, cream cheese, Frank's Red Hot, light ranch dressing, and shredded cheddar cheese. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, then stir until well-combined and let cool at room temperature for at least 1 hour.
  • Refrigerate the buffalo chicken filling for at least 2 hours until it's cold enough to hold its shape when scooped with a spoon.
  • Once the filling is cold, prepare to fill the wontons. Fill a small bowl with water and set it on the counter where you'll work, and lay out a large sheet of parchment paper. Open the package of wonton wrappers and cover the stack with a dampened paper towel to keep them moist as you work.
  • Now, fold the wontons. First, dip your finger into the bowl of water and dampen the outer edges of a single wonton wrapper. Then, spoon about 1 tablespoon of the buffalo chicken filling into the center of the wrapper.
    Next, gently pick up opposite corners of the wrapper, pinching them together in the center. Repeat with the remaining corners until all 4 corners are pinched together. Finally, seal the edges closed by pinching them together between your fingers, making sure all 4 edges are completely sealed.
    Set aside and cover with a dampened paper towel to keep moist while you continue folding the rest of the wontons.
  • In the meantime, preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F and spray the basket generously with vegetable oil. Add a batch of folded wontons to the basket, spray the tops generously with vegetable oil, and cook for about 8 minutes or until crispy.
    Cook the wontons in batches – 5 or 6 at a time, in a single layer, with at least an inch of space between them – for optimal air flow.
  • Let cool for at least 5 minutes. Serve with buffalo ranch dip (instructions below), ranch dressing, or blue cheese dressing.

Buffalo Ranch Dip

  • Whisk together ranch dressing, Frank's Red Hot, and melted butter in a small bowl until well-combined. Season with a pinch of salt, to taste, and serve.

Notes

Buffalo chicken filling: The filling for these wontons is an exact replica of our popular buffalo chicken dip recipe. So if you’re already making buffalo chicken dip for a party, or you happen to have leftovers in the fridge, you can easily skip steps 1 and 2 of this recipe and jump right to folding the wontons! (Just make sure the dip is cold).
Shredded chicken: Any kind of plain shredded chicken will do for this recipe, whether you boil it, bake it, or prepare it in an Instant Pot. Go with whatever method fits your schedule and capabilities.
Prep ahead: Since it does take a few hours for the filling to cool down, you can plan ahead and make the filling earlier in the day (or the day before) if you’d like. The filling can sit in the fridge until you need it. Then, when it’s almost party time, simply fold and air fry the rangoons so they’re hot and fresh.
Storing leftovers: In case you have any leftover buffalo chicken rangoons, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Note that if you prepared the chicken a few days ahead of time, leftovers won’t last quite as long (cooked chicken should only be kept for about 5 days in the fridge).
Reheating: You can easily reheat these in the air fryer for crispy results in just a few minutes! Preheat to 350 degrees F, spray the basket generously with oil as you did before, and spray the rangoons with oil, too. Cook them in small batches for about 5 minutes.
Serving suggestions: You’ll want to pair these rangoons with our creamy buffalo ranch dip – it’s the perfect combo! Make buffalo chicken rangoons for a Super Bowl party or any game day gathering. They’re a hit with large crowds and go great with plenty of other party appetizers – check out our blog post above for some suggestions on what to serve them with.
 
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Author: Nicole
Calories: 114kcal
Course: Appetizer, Appetizers, Snack, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, butter, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, frank’s red hot, party appetizer, party snack, ranch dressing, shredded chicken, super bowl, wonton wrappers

Nutrition

Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 460mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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