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Buffalo Chicken Fries {Healthy Buffalo Fries}

A quick and easy recipe, these Buffalo Chicken Fries are a real crowd pleaser! Healthy game day food, this Whole30 appetizer is packed with flavor. Loaded buffalo fries are oven-baked and topped with delicious shredded buffalo chicken and other tasty toppings.

A plate of buffalo chicken fries topped with green onion

Haha, yeah, I know. “Healthy” Buffalo Chicken Fries seems like a complete misnomer. But it’s not! We’re making this Whole30 appetizer (mostly) from scratch, AND there is no actual frying involved.

Just like my healthy Jalapeno Popper Dip, these fries are a tasty, unfussy, and spicy appetizer that you can feel good about eating.

And even though it’s not yet “game day food” season, these loaded buffalo fries are a delicious anytime snack. But you should also pin this recipe to your Pinterest appetizers board to keep it handy for football season. Or you know, like next Tuesday.

But maybe you have a “next Tuesday” Pinterest board? If so, bravo.

Buffalo Chicken Fries Ingredients

  • French Fries 
  • Red Pepper sauce (Whole30 compliant options: Franks, Tessemae, or Primal Kitchen)  
  • Chicken – shredded
  • Ghee
  • Garnishes – green onions, cilantro, jalapenos

A bowl of shredded chicken, fries, and other ingredients for making buffalo chicken fries

If you have leftover buffalo sauce, use it to make a batch of this amazing Buffalo Hummus. And if you have any leftover chicken, use it to top your next batch of Greek Fries.

Can I Make Buffalo Fries Low Carb?

Sure can! If you need a low carb option, try the delicious toppings over Air Fryer Cauliflower or even on Crispy Turnip Fries.

Here’s How to Make Them

*A detailed and printable version of this recipe is at the bottom of the post.

These buffalo fries can be broken down into three components: 1) the fries 2) the chicken and 3) the sauce. Let’s take a look at each one.

The fries

We’re using homemade Air Fryer Fries, but you can, of course, use storebought! My favorite heat and eat fries are Alexia’s Organic Yukon Gold fries.  <—-not sponsored

Other fabulous fry options include Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, or these Crispy Potato Wedges from Hey Nutrition Lady.

Whatever you use, make sure your fries are crissssspy!

Fries on a baking sheet for making buffalo fries

The chicken

I’m telling you how I make shredded chicken in my Instant Pot, but you could also use leftovers from your own homemade roasted chicken, or even a grocery store rotisserie. And if you don’t eat meat, just leave it off. You’re still going to LOVE these buffalo fries!

If you are new to pressure cooking and the Instant Pot, check out this post on recipes for Instant Pot beginners.

Place chicken in the Instant Pot insert and add 3 cups of chicken broth or water.

Lock the lid into place and set the steam release handle (valve on top) to “Sealing”. Press Poultry>High Pressure>12 minutes. 

Allow for a 10-minute natural release and then perform a quick release. Remove the chicken and transfer to a bowl and shred with two forks. 

The sauce 

Calling this part of the dish a “recipe” almost seems laughable. All you’re going to do is combine your red pepper sauce and ghee in the smallest saucepan you own.

Crank that beast up to high and let it come to a boil. It’s going to pop and bubble, so stir, stir, stir! 

Reduce the heat to medium and stir for a minute. Remove from heat.

Three photos showing how to make whole30 compliant buffalo sauce

Now, let’s put it all together!

Pour the sauce over the shredded chicken and toss to coat. Add sauced chicken to your crispy fries and top with sliced green onions, cilantro, sliced jalapenos, or whatever else your pretty heart desires.

Serve with celery sticks.

What to Serve With Buffalo Chicken Fries

What’s a snack without an amazing sauce, right?

You can serve this healthy game day snack with Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing, Sweet Potato Fries Dipping Sauce, or Cilantro Chimichurri.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • This can be a meal prep dream! Make the sauce and shredded chicken ahead of time and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Heat and serve over hot fries.
  • If you eat dairy, adding a bit of shredded mozzarella cheese to the top of the hot fries would be amazing! Oh oh, and top with some bleu cheese crumbles!
  • Increase the amount of ghee if you prefer your buffalo sauce on the mild side.
  • Try waffle fries for more of a buffalo chicken “nacho” situation.

A plate of buffalo chicken fries with celery sticks and dip

More Healthy Game Day Food

Buffalo Chicken Fries WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving of Buffalo Chicken Fries has 12 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

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A plate of buffalo chicken fries with celery sticks and dip
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Buffalo Chicken Fries {Healthy Buffalo Fries}
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

A quick and easy recipe, these Buffalo Chicken Fries are a real crowd pleaser! Healthy game day food, this Whole30 appetizer is packed with flavor.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo chicken fries, buffalo fries, whole30 appetizers
Servings: 6
Calories: 370 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1.5 lbs french fries
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1/3 cup red pepper sauce I used Frank's
  • 2 tbsp ghee
Instructions
Fries
  1. If using storebought fries, bake according to directions on the package.

Chicken
  1. Place chicken in the Instant Pot insert and add 3 cups of chicken broth or water.

  2. Lock the lid into place and set the steam release handle (valve on top) to “Sealing”. Press Poultry>High Pressure>12 minutes. 

  3. Allow for a 10-minute natural release and then perform a quick release. Remove the chicken and transfer to a bowl and shred with two forks. 

Buffalo Sauce
  1. Combine pepper sauce and ghee in a small saucepan.

  2. Cook over high heat, stirring often. Allow it to come to a boil.

  3. Reduce the heat to medium and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat.

  4. Pour the sauce over the shredded chicken and toss to coat. Add sauced chicken to your crispy fries and top with sliced green onions, cilantro, sliced jalapenos, or whatever else your pretty heart desires.

Recipe Notes

Make the sauce and shredded chicken ahead of time and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Heat and serve over hot fries.

 

Increase the amount of ghee if you prefer your buffalo sauce on the mild side.

Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Chicken Fries {Healthy Buffalo Fries}
Amount Per Serving (0.3 cup)
Calories 370 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 512mg22%
Potassium 767mg22%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 5g21%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 8.1mg10%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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