Buffalo Chicken Rangoons Recipe

A twist on the classic crab rangoon. Buffalo sauce, shredded chicken, and cream cheese, fried together in a wonton for the perfect golden buffalo chicken wonton.

Buffalo Chicken Rangoons Recipe

BUFFALO CHICKEN. Need I say more? I think I’ve successfully subjected my entire family to buffalo chicken rangoons at this point. I have forced buffalo chicken upon everyone, whether they like it or not. Family gatherings, Super Bowls, and vacations. The good news is everyone has liked it — even the skeptics.

Buffalo chicken rangoons or buffalo chicken wontons are growing in popularity. I’m seeing them emerge on menus in restaurants everywhere. They are a spicy, buffalo chicken variation of the American-Chinese classic, crab rangoon. It’s essentially a simple buffalo chicken dip, stuffed into a traditional wonton.

Buffalo Chicken Filling

To make the buffalo chicken filling, I use cream cheese, shredded chicken, and plenty of buffalo sauce (I like Frank’s Buffalo Wings sauce).

Boiled shredded/pulled chicken works the best and pulls apart easily with a fork. Combine with the cream cheese and buffalo sauce until you have a thick and creamy paste, resembling buffalo chicken dip.

Folding The Rangoons

Rangoons aren’t difficult to make. Place a wonton on a flat surface and spoon a heaping tablespoon of buffalo chicken filling in the center. Wet the four edges with water and fold over into a triangle, pinching the edges to seal the wonton wrapper together, forming a simple triangular rangoon. You can get fancy with this, but I prefer to keep it simple for ease.

Deep Frying Rangoons

Deep-fry finished wontons in 2-3 inches of canola/vegetable oil in a Dutch oven or large pot for about 15-20 seconds. They will turn golden very quickly and continue to brown even after they are taken out of the oil. Test a few at first and keep a close eye on how quickly they cook. The oil will continue to get hotter as you cook.

You absolutely want to prepare all of the rangoons at once before frying. I like to fry in batches of 5-6 at a time and transfer to a paper towel to drain and cool.

Can I Freeze These?

Yes, you can! You can fully prep and freeze raw/unfried for best results. Take them out of the freezer and let them thaw/soften a bit on the counter before frying. They should cook at the same rate as freshly made.

Buffalo chicken rangoons are the perfect app for a party or big game. Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing if you want, however, I don’t think it’s necessary. The cream cheese serves as the perfect buffer to the hot buffalo sauce.

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Buffalo Chicken Rangoons Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 25 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Asian

Description

A twist on the classic crab rangoon. Buffalo sauce, shredded chicken, and cream cheese, fried together in a wonton for the perfect golden buffalo chicken wonton.


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Ingredients

  • 1 boneless chicken breast, fully cooked and shredded
  • 12-ounce package wonton wraps
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce (not hot sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Vegetable/canola oil for frying (24-48 ounces depending on volume and pot size)

Instructions

  1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil and add chicken. Lower to medium heat and cover. Simmer for 15-17 minutes until chicken fully cooked through. Remove and shred using a fork until fine.
  2. Combine the shredded chicken, cream cheese, buffalo sauce, onion powder, and garlic powder in a bowl. Mix well until fully combined and creamy.
  3. Place a won ton on a flat surface and spoon a heaping teaspoon of buffalo chicken filling in the center. Using your finger, wet all four edges of the won ton with water and fold over into a triangle, pinching the edges to seal the rangoon together.
  4. Fill a large dutch oven with 1-2 inches of canola or vegetable oil and place on high heat until roughly 360 °F. Once hot, place 5-6 rangoons in the dutch oven at a time, and fry until golden. About 20-30 seconds per rangoon, flipping if necessary to ensure even cooking. They will cook fast so be sure to monitor. The edges will burn quickly.
  5. Place on a paper towel and allow to slightly cool before serving.

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