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Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Hello! Welcome to Djalali Cooks. Today’s recipe incorporates the spicy flavor of Buffalo chicken with its best mate, blue cheese – in the form of a blue cheese-dressed salad; all wrapped up in a soft flour tortilla. I am frying breaded chicken thighs to get that crispy fried chicken flavor and texture, but you can do this with baked chicken if you like. We have fresh crunch from romaine lettuce, celery and carrot slices, creamy blue cheese and of course spicy Buffalo sauce. Let’s do this Buffalo Chicken Wrap.

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Yogurt Marinated Chicken

Instead of a buttermilk marinade for these chicken thighs, I went with yogurt. Plain, full fat yogurt, because it’s what I had in the fridge. Like buttermilk, but thicker, yogurt works in the same way as buttermilk does to tenderize the chicken. And it gives the flour mix something to stick to. I have four boneless, skinless chicken thighs. I used about 1.5 cups of yogurt.

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Before I dredge the chicken though, I am going to whip up a batch of Buffalo Sauce. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. We can hold the fried chicken in the hot oven, and/or if your chicken is deep golden brown, but doesn’t quite hit the 170 internal temp we are looking for, it can finish cooking in the oven.

Buffalo Sauce

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt four tablespoons of butter with one tablespoon of brown sugar and 1/3 cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Whisk that together and then make a slurry of 1 tablespoon water and 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch. Whisk that into the sauce and let simmer, whisking until the sauce thickens slightly. Reduce the heat to very low (or turn off the heat altogether) and return to it every now and then and whisk to keep the sauce together.

If you take it off the very low heat altogether, just before serving, return to the heat to warm the sauce and whisk to incorporate – the butter will tend to separate slightly, but a good whisking will bring it back together.

Yogurt Fried Chicken

In a shallow dish, whisk together 1 cup of flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, and one teaspoon each onion powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper and dried powdered mustard. Take a chicken thigh from the yogurt marinade and dredge the chicken in the flour mixture. Set the dredged chicken thigh on a wire rack set in a sheet pan. Repeat with the remaining chicken thighs.

Now, let’s let the flour breading get hydrated for a few minutes. We will mix up the salad really quick. And we can get the oil heating in the Dutch oven.

Quick Salad

I have one romaine heart that I am just chopping into thin strips. 3 ribs of celery, sliced thin and a small carrot, also sliced thin. Toss the salad together with a couple tablespoons or so of your favorite blue cheese dressing and set aside.

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Pour enough vegetable or peanut oil into the Dutch oven to be about 1.5-2 inches deep. Get the oil heating over high or medium-high heat. When the temperature reaches 375 degrees we can fry our chicken thighs.

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Fry two thighs at a time until deep golden brown, about 6-8 minutes. Turning the thighs as they brown to keep the browning even. Adjust the burner to maintain the temperature of the oil as needed.

Place the fried chicken on a clean wire rack placed in a sheet tray and sprinkle with kosher salt. Temp the fried chicken. If it’s at 170 degrees, great. If not place the sheet tray in the oven to let it finish cooking and come up to temp. Move on to frying the next batch of thighs. Repeat the frying and sprinkle the finished pieces with kosher salt.

You can place the fried chicken in the oven to keep it hot while we heat a tortilla and prepare the wrap. Check the Buffalo sauce; give it a good whisk and reheat it if needed.

Building and Folding the Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Warm a large flour tortilla in a dry skillet over high heat. place the tortilla on a plate and use tongs to place some of the dressed salad in the center of the tortilla. Take one fried chicken thigh and slice it into strips, crosswise. Lay the sliced chicken thigh on the salad.

Now, spoon on the Buffalo sauce. Use as much as you like.

Then fold each short side of the tortilla over the chicken and salad, toward the center.

Now, while holding the two short sides in place, fold the bottom long side up over the center.

And then roll the wrap up and over itself so the seam ends up on the bottom.

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Repeat with however many more wraps you wish to make. Then slice the wraps in half and enjoy!

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This wrap is a really simple idea with a delicious payoff. It is a bit of work to fry the chicken, it’s true. You can certainly air fry the chicken, if you prefer. Or forgo the marinating, breading and just bake up some chicken thighs. You’ll miss the fried chicken crunch, but it will still be delicious, with that buffalo sauce.

Maybe you want to go a different route with your Buffalo Chicken flavors? In that case try my Buffalo Bean Burger, or Hot Wing Pizza. Thank you so much for stopping by, take care and be well. xo Kelly

Key Equipment

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

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Dinner, Main Course, Lunch American
By Kelly Djalali Serves: Makes 4 Wraps
Prep Time: 30 Minutes (plus overnight marinade) Cooking Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: ~45 Minutes

Buffalo fried chicken with its best mate, blue cheese – in the form of a blue cheese-dressed salad; all wrapped up in a soft flour tortilla.

Ingredients

  • ~1.5 lbs. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs (4 Thighs)
  • 1.5 cups Plain Yogurt
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Dried Powdered Mustard
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • Buffalo Sauce
  • 4 tbsp. Butter
  • 1/3 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Water
  • 1/2 tsp. Cornstarch
  • Salad
  • 1 Romaine Heart, chopped
  • 2-3 Ribs of Celery, sliced thin
  • 1-2 Carrots, sliced thinly
  • 1-2 tbsp. Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Wrap
  • Large Flour Tortillas, warmed

Instructions

1

Marinate the chicken thighs in the yogurt overnight or for at least 4 hours.

2

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Buffalo Sauce

3

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter with brown sugar and Frank's Red Hot Sauce.

4

Whisk together and then make a slurry of the water cornstarch. Whisk that into the sauce and let simmer, while whisking until the sauce thickens slightly.

5

Reduce the heat to very low (or turn off the heat altogether) and return to it every now and then and whisk to keep the sauce together.

Yogurt Fried Chicken

6

In a shallow dish, whisk together flour, baking powder, kosher salt, onion powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper and dried powdered mustard.

7

Take a chicken thigh from the yogurt marinade and dredge the chicken in the flour mixture. Set the dredged chicken thigh on a wire rack set in a sheet pan. Repeat with the remaining chicken thighs.

8

Let the flour breading get hydrated for a few minutes and make the salad.

Salad

9

Toss the salad together with blue cheese dressing and set aside.

Fry The Chicken

10

Pour enough vegetable or peanut oil into the Dutch oven to be about 1.5-2 inches deep. Get the oil heating over high or medium-high heat until the temperature reaches 375 degrees.

11

Fry two thighs at a time until deep golden brown, about 6-8 minutes. Turning the thighs as they brown to keep the browning even. Adjust the burner to maintain the temperature of the oil as needed.

12

Place the fried chicken on a clean wire rack placed in a sheet tray and sprinkle with kosher salt. Temp the fried chicken. If it's at 170 degrees, great. If not place the sheet tray in the oven to let it finish cooking and come up to temp. Move on to frying the next batch of thighs. Repeat the frying and sprinkle the finished pieces with kosher salt.

13

You can place the fried chicken in the oven to keep it hot while we heat a tortilla and prepare the wrap. Check the Buffalo sauce; give it a good whisk and reheat it if needed.

Build the Wrap

14

Warm a large flour tortilla in a dry skillet over high heat. place the tortilla on a plate and use tongs to place some of the dressed salad in the center of the tortilla. Take one fried chicken thigh and slice it into strips, crosswise. Lay the sliced chicken thigh on the salad.

15

Now, spoon on the Buffalo sauce. Use as much as you like.

16

Then fold each short side of the tortilla over the chicken and salad, toward the center.

17

Now, while holding the two short sides in place, fold the bottom long side up over the center.

18

And then roll the wrap up and over itself so the seam ends up on the bottom.

19

Repeat with however many more wraps you wish to make. Then slice the wraps in half and enjoy!

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Terry
    August 1, 2022 at 10:56 am

    WOW you came to my rescue I took out thighs last night without a clue as to what I was going to make. I have everything except the celery and yogurt… great meal in our hot muggy day I’ll keep you posted 🤗❤️Mom

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      August 1, 2022 at 11:04 am

      Hey Mom, That’s great! I am sure you will love these. If it’s too hot to fry, just bake the chicken thighs – it will be just as delicious! Enjoy! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Mari
    August 1, 2022 at 11:17 am

    What a treat for a warm, gloomy Monday. My boys love Buffalo Chicken anything, so these will disappear quickly. I will have to make a double batch. I have bought Marie’s salad dressings for years, but lately they have disappeared from store shelves around here. I hope they come back, because those are long time favorites. Actually, unless it’s a store brand, most of the really good 👍 salad dressings are hard to find lately. Luckily this recipe doesn’t call for a lot of blue cheese dressing, so I should have enough. Yogurt marinade is such a great idea. It helps tenderize the meat and gives it a nice depth of favor. I was so sorry to hear about the little chipmunk yesterday. When I was growing up we had a lot of the items rascals in our back yard. In our case, the chipmunks were in danger from the local cats. My mother was very fond of the chipmunks, and it wasn’t at all uncommon to see her flying out of the house with her broom clutched in her hands. She was tireless in her guard duties. She also had a soft spot for the birds, but was never a fan of cats. We inherited her love of birds, and an appreciation of chipmunks from watching Chip And Dale on cartoon reruns! Happy Magnificent Monday to Kelly, Alex, Terry and the terrific trio. ☀️🥰🐕

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      August 1, 2022 at 11:42 am

      Hi Mari, I try to keep Penny from getting the chipmunks, last year I had a couple successful attempts. But she got him in the end. I keep a pretty good eye on her outside because I can watch her from the kitchen, but we do have a couple blind spots.
      I like this buffalo chicken wrap recipe because you really don’t have to fry the chicken if that seems like too much work. I was thinking earlier this morning that baking the chicken but then adding broken potato chips right before rolling the wrap might be a good way around the frying part…The fried chicken gives it a restaurant feel, which is what I was craving at the time. Let me know how it goes over for your boys! Have a great Monday, xo Kelly

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