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These buffalo chicken egg rolls are a fun way to combine and egg roll with spicy chicken wings! This is a very simple recipe with only six ingredients but it makes a great appetizer. Use ranch dressing for dipping the egg roll and serve them alongside celery sticks.

When I first started making homemade egg rolls I went with traditional Chinese inspired flavors, like pork egg rolls and sweet and sour chicken egg rolls. But these are not even remotely Chinese – instead the flavor is inspired the iconic Western New York food, Buffalo chicken wings.

Dip a golden brown Buffalo chicken egg roll into blue cheese dressing or hot sauce for the ultimate football game day appetizer! This is the perfect dish for any party!

egg rolls topped with blue cheese on a wooden cutting board

After making egg rolls a few times I realized how easy and fun they are to make and what a wide variety of flavors you can achieve. They are my favorite appetizer and chicken wings are my husband’s favorite, so it just makes sense to combine the two into one!

And white egg rolls can seem intimidating, they are very simple to roll and bake. Give it a try once and you will be surprised at how easy it really is.

top view of egg rolls on a cutting board with with celery and dipping sauce

Leftover Chicken

This recipe uses cooked, shredded chicken. You can use Instant Pot chicken, extra grilled chicken, rotisserie chicken or whatever you have.

When I made chicken I try to always make a a few extra pieces to use for a recipe later in the week. Deliberately creating leftovers is a great way to simplify cooking and save time.

Either white meat or dark meat shredded chicken works fine in this recipe. Once you add spicy Buffalo sauce and lots of cheese it won’t matter!

ingredients for chicken egg rolls
Ingredients for Buffalo chicken egg rolls

Other Ingredients

In addition to the shredded chicken you need:

  • Cream cheese – This gives the filling its creamy consistency and helps it hold together. If you want to make these without cream cheese you could substitute cheddar cheese, but I prefer the consistency with cream cheese.
  • Crumbled blue cheese – Obviously you can’t have Buffalo wings without blue cheese.
  • Wing sauce – The sauce you choose will determine how spicy they are. I like spicy sauce, but you can use mild if you prefer.
  • Green onion – These add a little bit of extra flavor to the egg roll.
  • Egg roll wrappers – These are available in the produce or freezer section of most grocery stores.

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Cooking Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls in the Air Fryer

I prefer to cook these in the air fryer. The high heat cooks the egg rolls fast and makes them nice and crispy.

Now if you want the crispiest egg rolls possible deep fat frying is the way to go. But it has a number of huge disadvantages:

  • It is very unhealthy. An egg roll that is deep fat fried will have more calories, saturated fat and cholesterol.
  • Big pots of hot oil are flammable and it is easy to get burned with spattered grease.
  • It is very messy, making cleanup a nightmare.

An air fryer makes egg rolls crispy without extra effort or calories.

Buffalo chicken egg rolls on a wooden cutting board with sauce in the back

No Air Fryer?

But what if you don’t have an air fryer? You can bake these in a conventional oven, they just take a little longer and won’t be quite as crispy. I include directions for cooking in the oven in the recipe card below.

And if you are looking for an air fryer here are some that might be a good fit, whether you are looking for budget options or one for a big family.

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

1. Make the Filling

Shred the cooked chicken it if it isn’t already shredded. Then in a bowl combine the chicken, Buffalo sauce, cream cheese, blue cheese and green onions and stir it all to mix well.

filling for Buffalo chicken egg rolls
Buffalo chicken filling

2. Set up for Rolling

Rolling an egg roll isn’t difficult, but it works best if you have everything ready before you start. You need the egg roll wrappers, the filling, a small bowl of water and a baking sheet for the completed ones.

getting ready to roll an egg roll
Get setup for rolling an egg roll

I like to set everything up on a wooden cutting board. Open the package of egg roll wrappers and peel one off the top. Set it on the cutting board with the corner pointing down, towards you.

3. Fill and Roll

Put about 1/4 cup of filling in the top corner of the egg roll wrapper. Use a measuring cup to measure the filling and don’t be tempted to stuff it too full!

adding filling to the egg roll
Add filling to the wrapper

Fold the top corner over the filling. Then roll it down, folding the left and right corners in as you reach them.

Once only the bottom corner is left dip your fingers in the bowl of water and wet the bottom corner. Then fold gently roll the egg roll over the remaining corner. The water will help seal the filling inside the egg roll.

adding water to the edge of the egg roll wrapper
Use water to secure egg roll wrapper

Put the completed egg roll on a tray and make more, until you have used all the filling. Don’t worry if some aren’t perfectly shaped, they will still taste fine.

4. Brush or Spray with Oil

Once you have finished rolling preheat the air fryer. I find preheating makes a difference when making egg rolls. Preheat the air fryer to 400 F for about 3 minutes.

While it preheats use a spray bottle to lightly spray with cooking spray. Use a mister bottle of oil rather than an aerosol bottle from the store. The preservatives in the grocery store cooking spray can damage the finish on the air fryer basket.

You can also use a pastry brush to brush the wrappers with oil. A little oil on the wrappers will make the egg rolls brown nicely. You can skip the oil if you like, but the egg rolls won’t look as nice when you are done.

5. Cook the Egg Rolls

Put the egg rolls in the air fryer basket, being careful to leave space between them so that the air can circulate. Don’t be tempted to stack them. If you make the entire recipe you will need to cook them in batches.

Cook them at 400 F for 6-8 minutes. Use cooking tongs to flip them over half way through the cooking time. This will make them brown more evenly.

Buffalo chicken egg rolls in an air fryer basket
Egg rolls in air fryer basket

At the end of the cooking time if they aren’t quite brown enough put them back in the air fryer for another 2-3 minutes.

How to Make Ahead

These Buffalo chicken rolls are easy to make ahead of time, which is useful if you are planning a party. There are two options for making these ahead of time:

  • Mix the filling, refrigerate it, and then fill and air fry them when it is convenient.
  • Make and air fry the egg rolls and then freeze them for later.
Buffalo chicken egg rolls on a cutting board sprinkled with blue cheese

How to Freeze

To freeze these let them cool down for about 30 minutes at room temperature. Then put them in freezer bags in a single layer and freeze them.

You can reheat an egg roll either from frozen or after thawing them overnight in the refrigerator.

  • If they are frozen reheat them in the air fryer at 350 F for 8-10 minutes or a 375 F oven for 20 minutes.
  • If they are thawed reheat them in the air fryer at 350 F for 6-8 minutes or a 375 F oven for 15 minutes.

Any way you reheat them you should check the internal temperature with a thermometer and make sure they reach 165 F for food safety reasons.

I have frozen and reheated these egg rolls and they do lose some of their crispiness when reheated.

Buffalo egg rolls on a wooden cutting board with bowls of dip in the background

How to Serve Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

An egg roll needs dipping sauce and for Buffalo egg rolls that means blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing. Purists insist on blue cheese dressing, but my family enjoys ranch too!

I also like to include a bowl of Buffalo sauce when I serve these. That way anyone that wants more spiciness can dip them in right into the hot sauce. Celery sticks for dipping into any of the available sauces are a must too!

dipping Buffalo chicken egg rolls in blue cheese dressing

These egg rolls are spicy and crispy and are a great way to meld together two delicious appetizers and add excitement to your next meal or party!

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Yield: 16

Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

Buffalo egg rolls on a wooden cutting board with bowls of dip in the background

These buffalo chicken egg rolls are a fun way to combine an egg roll with spicy chicken wings!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

Egg Rolls

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup Buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/4 cup green onions, diced
  • 1 package egg roll wrappers

For Serving

  • Blue cheese dressing
  • Ranch dressing
  • Buffalo sauce or hot sauce
  • Celery sticks

Instructions

  1. Shred the chicken if it is not already shredded. Then in a bowl combine Put the chicken, cream cheese, blue cheese, Buffalo wing sauce and green onions. Mix well.
  2. Put the egg roll wrappers, chicken filling and small bowl of water on a cutting board.
  3. Take one egg roll wrapper off and place it on the cutting board with the corner facing down, towards you.
  4. Put 1/4 cup of filling near the top corner of the egg roll wrapper and fold the top corner down over it.
  5. Roll it down, folding the left and right corners in as you go. Stop when only the bottom corner is left.
  6. Dip your fingers in the water and wet the bottom corner of the wrapper. Then roll the egg roll over it.
  7. Put the completed egg roll on a baking sheet and make the rest.
  8. Once all the filling is gone preheat the air fryer to 400 F for 3 minutes.
  9. While it preheats spray the egg rolls with oil or cooking spray so they brown nicely.
  10. Put the egg rolls in the air fryer basket, being sure to leave space for the air to circulate. You will probably have to cook them in 2-3 batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.
  11. Cook them at 400 F for 6-8 minutes, flipping them over with tongs halfway through.
  12. If they aren't golden brown enough after 8 minutes return them to the air fryer for another 2 minutes and check them again.
  13. Serve with ranch dressing, Buffalo wing sauce, or blue cheese dressing for dipping.

Notes

Use mild or hot wing sauce, depending on your taste preference.

Preheat your air fryer for this recipe, it makes a difference.

Don't over fill the egg rolls.

Don't over fill the air fryer basket.

No air fryer? Bake in a preheated conventional oven at 400F for 15-20 minutes, flipping once halfway through the cooking time.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 754mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 22g

Nutrition facts are estimates and don't include dipping sauces.

Buffalo egg rolls on a wooden cutting board
By on January 4th, 2022

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