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Fried Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Fried Buffalo Chicken Tacos only take 20 minutes to make and take Taco Tuesday up a notch! Corn tortillas are filled with buffalo chicken, chopped celery, shredded mozzarella cheese, and crumbled blue cheese, and fried until crispy on the stovetop. Don't forget the blue cheese or range dipping sauce!

Buffalo Chicken Tacos on a piece of parchment paper with chopped celery and blue cheese scattered around.

We are HUGE fans of buffalo chicken in this house. Well, Marc and I are. I had kind of stopped cooking my favorite Buffalo Chicken Pasta and Buffalo Chicken Sliders once we had kids because I figured it was too spicy. Turns out, they make MILD buffalo wing sauce (we've tried this one and this one and they're both good!). Score! Once I found that out, the first thing I did was make these Buffalo Chicken Tacos that I've been dreaming up for years now. These buffalo tacos are creamy, crispy, a bit spicy, and super delicious.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  1. So easy! Especially if you use rotisserie chicken (I love the pre-shredded rotisserie chicken from Target or Costco!) these are so quick and easy to make.
  2. Buffalo chicken is always a crowd pleaser. Who doesn't love buffalo chicken?! This is a fun way to use up the traditional flavors of buffalo chicken.
  3. You can prep in advance. Make the buffalo chicken mixture in advance and all you will have to do when it come time to cook is to fry the tacos.
  4. You can use the chicken multiple ways. If you have leftover buffalo chicken, make Buffalo Chicken Sliders or Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches!
  5. The buffalo chicken is freezer friendly. Make a big batch of the buffalo chicken filling and freeze it for an easy weeknight dinner in the upcoming months! It will last about 3 months in the freezer.

Ingredients

Ingredients in Buffalo Chicken Tacos including shredded chicken, shredded mozzarella cheese, buffalo sauce, celery, blue cheese, and corn tortillas.
  • Shredded/Diced Chicken - You can bake or air fry a chicken breast and then shred it, or skip that step and use shredded rotisserie chicken. You could also use Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Thighs.
  • Buffalo Wing Sauce - I use Sweet Baby Ray's Mild Buffalo Wing Sauce and my kids don't think its too spicy!
  • Corn Tortillas - for these fried chicken tacos, corn tortillas are perfect for getting a crispy fried taco shell. You could also flour tortillas, with a slightly different end result in the texture of the
  • Chopped Celery - celery is a common side serving with buffalo chicken wings, so I added it to the tacos for a little bit of crunch and that celery flavor.
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese - mozzarella cheese is creamy and a great mild complement to the bold flavors of buffalo sauce. Shredded cheddar or Colby jack cheese would work well, too.
  • Ranch/Blue Cheese Dressing - dip these buffalo chicken tacos in one of these dipping sauces - whichever is your favorite!
  • Canola Oil - these tacos don't get deep fried in oil, simply pan-fried until golden and crispy! Canola oil works best to get them super crispy.

Refer to the recipe card for the complete list with exact amounts.

Step by Step Instructions

Shredded chicken in a bowl with buffalo sauce. Shredded chicken in a bowl mixed together with buffalo sauce.

Step 1. Combine the chicken and buffalo sauce in a medium bowl.

Step 2. Mix well to combine.

A corn tortilla with buffalo chicken on on half. A corn tortilla with buffalo chicken and shredded  cheese on one half.

Step 3. Add 2-3 tablespoons (or desired amount) of chicken on one half of a corn tortilla. I recommend 2-3 tacos per person, depending on what you are serving with the tacos.

Step 4. Top with shredded cheese. You can also added blue cheese here with the mozzarella cheese, if you'd like.

A corn tortilla with buffalo chicken,  shredded cheese, and chopped celery on one half.  Buffalo chicken taco frying in oil in a black pan.

Step 5. Add 1 tablespoon of chopped celery on top of the shredded cheese.

Step 6. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add the taco and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Sometimes I have to use a spatula or something similar to hold down the top part of the tortilla until it warms up.

Buffalo Chicken Taco dipped in blue cheese sauce.

Step 7. Serve with blue cheese or ranch dip!

These Buffalo Chicken Tacos are truly a breeze to make. I served them with a little side salad, carrots, and celery to stick with the buffalo chicken theme. Of course I also served the buffalo chicken tacos with some blue cheese dressing, as well. Ranch would also work!

Recipe Tips

If you find your corn tortillas are breaking when you try to fold them, warm them in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Prep ahead by making the buffalo chicken mixture ahead of time. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Make into quesadillas - use the same ingredients but make them into quesadillas, instead.

How to Serve Buffalo Chicken Tacos

These tacos are super delicious served with ranch or blue cheese sauce that you can dip them in! Other delicious toppings include:

  • Diced Avocado
  • Chopped Green Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Pickled Jalapenos
  • Sliced Red Onions

To go along with the tacos, I love making Mexican Street Corn Dip and Baked Cilantro Rice.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use rotisserie chicken in this recipe?

Definitely! That is what I usually use. I love the pre-shredded rotisserie meat that Target and Costco sell. You can also cook chicken breasts or use leftover chicken breasts and shred them.

Is all buffalo sauce spicy?

Buffalo sauce is typically spicy, however Sweet Baby Rays has a mild buffalo sauce that we love!

Can I skip the step of frying?

Definitely! You can serve these in regular corn or flour tortillas, if you prefer.

Buffalo Chicken Tacos on a piece of parchment paper with chopped celery and blue cheese scattered around.

Other fun dinner ideas to consider...

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Fried Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Fried Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Fried Buffalo Chicken Tacos are buffalo chicken inside taco shells with chopped celery, mozzarella cheese, and blue cheese, and fried on the stovetop!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 436kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded chicken I use rotisserie chicken
  • cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 8-12 corn tortillas depending on if you want 2 or 3 tacos per serving
  • 1 celery stalk finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine the shredded chicken and buffalo sauce.
  • Assemble each taco by placing desired amount of chicken on one half of each corn tortilla. Be careful not to overfill - a good amount is ~2-3 tbsp. It can be hard to measure so just use your judgment!
  • Top with a sprinkle of celery, mozzarella cheese, and blue cheese crumbles.
  • In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add the tacos, cheese side down, and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. Sometimes at first the top part of the tortillas have a hard time staying down. To assist with this, either use warmed up tortillas, or place a wood spatula on top of each one to weigh them down.
  • Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1101mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 352IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 281mg | Iron: 2mg
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