Buffalo Chicken Monkey Bread

by Shawnda on March 8, 2012

in Appetizers,Chicken & Poultry

Buffalo Chicken Monkey Bread

One of the things I like most about reading food blogs is seeing an old flavor getting new life. Or just a facelift. You’ve probably seen your share of buffalo chicken [fill in the blank] recipes over the last couple of months. Soup, tacos, mac & cheese… pretty much everything but wings.

I’ve actually never been a fan of the flavor outside of it’s semi-traditional form but I can kill an order of Buffalo Chicken Tenders at the grill around the corner from our house in near record pace. (They also randomly have the very best blue cheese dressing ever – super thick, chunky, and not overly mayo-y.)

I converted the popular Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread into Buffalo Chicken Monkey Bread, filling it with a wing sauce-chicken mixture and serving it along side wing sauce and blue cheese dippers. I scaled down the recipe a bit from the original pizza version so I could use some freebie cans of store-bought dough instead. It didn’t even make it to kickoff at our Super Bowl gathering.

Like me, if you love the flavor, the Kardashian-esque oversaturation isn’t really a problem. But if you hate it… well, I probably lost you way back at “Buffalo.”

I do totally feel sorry for the anti-Red Velvet crowd near Valentine’s Day, though :)

And I totally want to punch myself in the face for typing the word ‘Kardashian.’ Just know that I am ashamed :P

Buffalo Chicken Monkey Bread

Buffalo chicken and blue cheese offer a savory twist on the classic monkey bread.

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cooked and finely cut/shredded (~1 lb)
  • 3/4 cup white onion, finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup wing sauce, plus more for serving
  • ~1.5 lbs pizza dough (I used 2 cans of Pillsbury pizza dough)
  • Bleu cheese dressing, for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat garlic and butter over medium heat just until the garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat and let sit.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium high and add onions, cooking 3-4 minutes until soft.
  3. Add chicken and 1/3 cup wing sauce, tossing to coat. Add additional wing sauce if necessary - just enough to coat the chicken well, but not enough to puddle in the pan.
  4. Lightly brush the inside of a bundt pan (or other oven-safe dish) with garlic butter.
  5. Pull off large marble-sized balls of dough and flatten (~2/3 of an ounce or 18-20 grams, a kitchen scale makes this very easy). Top with a rounded tablespoon of chicken filling.
  6. Wrap the dough around the chicken, pinching well to seal.
  7. Very lightly brush the pizza ball with garlic butter and place into the bundt pan (I dabbed the pizza balls on a butter-dipped silicon brush to keep butter use low - there will be 1+ Tbsp leftover - and my hands butter free. Buttery hands make it hard to get the pizza balls to seal).
  8. Repeat until all of the dough is used.
  9. Cover and let sit while preheating the oven to 400.
  10. Bake for ~35 minutes, until the top is very brown.
  11. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes.
  12. Turn out onto a platter and serve with additional wing sauce and bleu cheese dressing for dipping.

Notes

Yields: 14 servings (3 pieces)

Adapted from Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread

Estimated time: 2 hours

Nutritional Information
Calories: 249.1 | Fat: 3.9g | Fiber 3.7g | Protein 13.7g | Carbs 40.8g
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 6

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 RJ (Kids and Cast Iron) March 8, 2012 at 12:30 am

I can’t get past the title. Monkey bread will always be sweet for me. Call it pull apart or something else. Ha ha. I too am a fan or buffalo in its original glory.

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2 Villy @ For the love of Feeding March 8, 2012 at 7:35 am

I need to invite people and prepare this, otherwise I will end up eating it ALL. Looks so so good.

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3 Carrie March 8, 2012 at 7:51 am

You genius, this looks AWESOME!

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4 morgan March 8, 2012 at 8:04 am

what? this is an amazing twist! i love it!

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5 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel March 8, 2012 at 10:27 am

This is totally awesome. Love it! I hadn’t thought of this one yet. :)

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6 Laura @ WyldeThyme March 8, 2012 at 11:33 am

I really want someone to invite me to a part so I can bring this… great idea!

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7 christina @ ovenadventures March 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm

this is incredible. i made bacon cheddar monkey bread and it rocked my world, so I will totally be trying this.

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8 Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm

This looks like a fun and delicious savory treat!

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9 Joanne March 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I have a love/hate relationship with the Kardashians…specifically my adoration of any reality tv show that they’re on. It’s awful.

I love all things buffalo however! That spicy sauce is seriously addictive. And what isn’t better in monkey bread form?

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10 Krissy@DaintyChef March 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Oh no you didn’t. My man is getting this for March Madness!

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11 Erin March 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I am loving this version of monkey bread!

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12 Maureen March 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm

This is something you need to serve alongside a recipe card. That way you don’t have to drop everything and go look for it because they WILL ask. :)

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13 Gigi March 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

What a great flavor to try!

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14 patsy March 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Now, that is a great way to reinvent monkey bread and buffalo wings!

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15 elly March 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

You’re kind of my hero.

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16 Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats March 10, 2012 at 10:16 am

I have a friend that always makes pepperoni monkey bread, but she also loves buffalo chicken. She’s going to FLIP over this one!

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17 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts March 13, 2012 at 9:20 am

This is such a fun and awesome twist on Monkey Bread! I love buffalo chicken flavored dishes, but not the traditional wings; so this is right up my alley!

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18 Jamie @ Cookin' with Moxie March 18, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Buffalo chicken is one of my favorite guilty pleasures – I need to try out this bread ASAP!

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19 Dana January 5, 2013 at 12:12 am

I made this tonight, I used minced garlic and added a bit more of the Franks Buffalo Wing sauce.
Omgosh!!! Soooo good :) everyone went back for seconds, I will be making this again.
Thanks!!

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20 Annette March 10, 2013 at 9:07 am

Tried this recipe and had trouble getting the dough balls to seal what with the wing sauce coming out. So we just layered the chicken mixture with dough balls that were rolled in the garlic butter. Cooking it now to see if it turns out. How do you get the dough balls to seal around the chicken coated with the sauce?

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21 Bethany December 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

I made this today for a potluck, so I don’t know how it tastes yet, but a note on making it: I found it easier to unroll the pizza dough and use pieces that are already flat, rather than balling it up and flattening it. I kept a towel handy and wiped my hands after buttering each ball, and it worked great. I can’t wait to taste it!

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