These Buffalo Chicken Calzones are a delicious way to enjoy your favorite game-day dip. The cheesy buffalo flavors inside a fluffy biscuit pocket will be a hit at any gathering or party.
Are you a fan of buffalo chicken? We love it, so I'm always searching for new ways to serve it. These pockets are filled with a spicy buffalo chicken dip and baked until the center is melted and gooey!
These buffalo calzones are a unique twist on a hot pocket. I used Pillsbury Grands biscuits for the base instead of homemade pizza dough.
The combination of tender chicken, melted cheese, and spicy sauce baked inside a biscuit sets these apart from classic calzones. Preheat your oven because you need to make them right away!
Why Make This Buffalo Chicken Calzone Recipe
These homemade calzones are quick and easy to prepare, making them the perfect crowd-pleasing meal.
My favorite part is the texture on the outside. Panko crumbs give the biscuits a delicious crunch you won't find anywhere else.
If you enjoy game-day food, you'll love these calzones. They are perfect for family gatherings or football parties and can be served as a main dish or appetizer. No matter how you enjoy them, they will surely please your guests.
What You'll Need
Those convenient, handheld buffalo chicken pockets are perfect for satisfying cravings or serving a quick meal on busy days. All you need are a few simple ingredients and a sheet pan.
- Mixing Bowls - (affiliate links) Used to mix the buffalo mixture.
- Pastry Brush - Used for adding an egg wash to pastries and dough.
- Baking Sheet - Great for baking cookies or chocolate scones.
- Pizza Cutter - Perfect for cutting pizza, hot pockets, and cookie cakes.
- Chicken - We prefer using rotisserie chicken because it shreds well when warm. You can also use leftover chicken or even canned chicken.
- Ranch Dressing - Our preference is to use ranch in buffalo chicken recipes. Feel free to use either ranch or blue cheese dressing based on what you like.
- Wing Sauce - Any brand will do, but we love Franks Sauce because it has a creamy yet spicy flavor.
- Shredded Cheese - A mix of cheddar and lots of mozzarella cheese provides the gooiest, cheesiest centers.
- Pillsbury Biscuits - Refrigerated biscuits are an easy solution because they are already divided. The larger biscuits are best for making homemade hot pockets.
- Panko Crumbs - These provide a light and crunchy coating that enhances the flavors.
How To Make Buffalo Chicken Calzones
With some kitchen magic and handy shortcuts, making this buffalo chicken calzone recipe is easier than you think.
- Make the chicken mixture. In a medium bowl, stir the chicken, wing sauce, ranch dressing, onions, and cheese until coated.
- Flatten the biscuits. Open the package, then separate the biscuits. Use the palm of your hand to flatten each one to a 5-inch circle.
- Fill and seal. Divide the buffalo chicken filling onto the bottom half of the dough circle. Fold over the other half, then use a fork to seal edges of the dough.
- Add a coating. Mix an egg and water in a small bowl. Lightly brush the top of each calzone with the egg wash. Sprinkle with panko crumbs, then flip the pockets and repeat.
- Bake and serve. Place the coated dough pockets on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake until golden brown, then serve hot.
These hot pockets are best served on the day they are made. But if you have leftovers, they can be refrigerated and eaten whenever you want spicy chicken goodness.
In the Refrigerator - Keep leftover stuffed biscuits in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. Reheat in a toaster or air fryer.
In the Freezer - Freeze leftovers for up to 1 month. Wrap each cooled biscuit in plastic wrap or foil, then place in a freezer-safe bag.
To Reheat - Thaw overnight before reheating. To reheat from frozen, wrap a damp paper towel around one biscuit and heat on High for 1-2 minutes or until warmed.
Tips and Tricks
- Choose premade dough: Ain't nobody got time for homemade pizza crust! We're keeping things simple by using Pillsbury Grands biscuits as our base.
- Don't overstuff: While filling the biscuits to the brim may be tempting, be cautious not to overstuff them. Overfilling can result in the cheese bursting out.
- Crunch time: Roll your calzones in panko crumbs before baking for that extra crunch factor. Trust me, it's a game-changer!
- Seal the deal: Seal the edges tightly to prevent any delicious filling from oozing out during baking. Crimp the edges with a fork or pinch them with your fingers – whatever works best for you!
- Cover with foil: Cover the pan with foil to prevent biscuits from browning too quickly. This will stop the tops from getting crispy before the inside is fully cooked.
Yes, these calzones can be made up to 48 hours before and then baked when you are ready to serve. Add a few minutes to heat the chilled filling thoroughly.
Of course! While we're partial to buffalo chicken, feel free to get creative with your fillings. BBQ chicken, pepperoni and cheese, veggie-packed – the possibilities are endless!
If you prefer your filling to be spicier, consider adding more hot sauce or sprinkling some cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes in it.
On the other hand, if you like things mild, you can use a milder sauce or add a dollop of ranch dressing to tone down the heat.
Other Buffalo Chicken Ideas
- Buffalo Chicken Pasta
- Buffalo Chicken Pepper Nachos
- Buffalo Chicken Chips
- Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Pizza
- Buffalo Baked Tacos
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This post was first published in February 2016. It was updated and then republished in January 2024.