These buffalo chicken egg rolls are a fun way to combine egg rolls with spicy chicken wings! This is a very simple recipe with only six ingredients but it makes a great appetizer. Dip the egg rolls into ranch dressing 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 egg rolls are not even remotely Chinese – instead the flavor is inspired the iconic Western New York food, Buffalo wings.
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After making egg rolls a bunch of times I realized how easy and fun they are to make and what a wide variety of flavors you can achieve. Egg rolls are my favorite appetizer and chicken wings are my husband’s favorite, so it just makes sense to combine the two into one!
Egg rolls can seem intimidating, but they are very simple to roll and bake. Give it a try once and you will be surprised at how easy it really is.
When I made chicken I 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 works fine in this recipe. Once you add spicy Buffalo sauce and lots of cheese it won’t matter!
In addition to the chicken you need:
- Cream cheese – This gives the filling its creamy consistency and helps it hold together.
- Blue cheese – Obviously you can’t have Buffalo wings without blue cheese.
- Wing sauce – The sauce you choose will determine how spicy the egg rolls 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 rolls.
- Egg roll wrappers – These are available in the produce or freezer section of most grocery stores.
Cooking Egg Rolls in the Air Fryer
I prefer to make my egg rolls in the air fryer. The high heat of the air fryer 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. Egg rolls that are 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.
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. Mix the Filling
Put the chicken in a bowl and shred it if it isn’t already shredded. Then add the Buffalo sauce, cream cheese, blue cheese and green onions and stir it all to mix it well.
2. Set up for Rolling the Egg Rolls
Rolling the egg rolls isn’t difficult, but it works best if you have everything ready before you start. You need the egg rolls wrappers, the filling, a small bowl of water and a tray to put the completed egg rolls on.
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. Don’t be tempted to stuff it too full and use a measuring cup to measure the filling.
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 egg roll.
Put the completed egg roll on a tray and make more, until you have used all the filling. Don’t worry if some of your egg rolls aren’t perfectly shaped, they will still taste fine.
4. Oil the Egg Rolls
Once you have finished rolling all the egg rolls 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 spray the egg rolls lightly with cooking spray. I like to 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, so I prefer not to use it.
But either way a little oil on the wrappers will make the egg rolls brown nicely. You can skip this step 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 the egg rolls at 400 F for 6-8 minutes. Use cooking tongs to flip the egg rolls over half way through the cooking time. This will make them brown evenly.
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.
Easy to Make Ahead
These Buffalo chicken egg 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 make the egg rolls when it is convenient.
- Make and air fry the egg rolls and then freeze them for later.
Freezing the Egg Rolls
To freeze the egg rolls 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 the egg rolls 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.
How to Serve Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls
Egg rolls need dipping sauce and for Buffalo chicken egg rolls that means blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing. Purists insist on blue cheese, but my family likes ranch too!
I also like to include a bowl of Buffalo sauce when serving these egg rolls. That way anyone that wants more spiciness can dip them in right into the hot sauce. Celery for dipping into any of the available sauces is a must too.
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!
Find More Air Fryer Appetizers
- 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
- 1/4 cup Buffalo wing sauce
- 1/4 cup green onions, diced
- 1 package egg roll wrappers
- Blue cheese dressing
- Ranch dressing
- Buffalo sauce
- Celery sticks
- Put the shredded chicken in a bowl. Add the cream cheese, blue cheese, Buffalo wing sauce and green onions. Mix well.
- Put the egg rolls wrappers, chicken filling and small bowl of water on a cutting board.
- Take one egg roll wrapper off and place it on the cutting board with the corner facing down, towards you.
- Put 1/4 cup of filling near the top corner of the egg roll wrapper and fold the top corner down over it.
- Roll it down, foling the left and right corners in as you go. Stop when only the bottom corner is left.
- Dip your fingers in the water and wet the bottom corner of the wrapper. Then roll the egg roll over it.
- Put the completed egg roll on a tray and make the rest.
- Once all the filling is gone preheat the air fryer to 400 F for 3 minutes.
- While it preheats spray the egg rolls with oil or cooking spray so they brown nicely.
- 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.
- Cook the egg rolls at 400 F for 6-8 minutes, flipping them over with tongs halfway through.
- If they aren't brown enough after 8 minutes return them to the air fryer for another 2 minutes and check them again.
- Serve with ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing or Buffalo wing sauce for dipping.
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.
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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.