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Buffalo chicken thighs are boneless & skinless chicken thighs coated in buffalo sauce, baked, and topped with chopped celery and crumbly blue cheese.

This simple high protein and low-carb main dish is easy enough for a busy weeknight dinner. Pair it with Sautéed Zucchini and Onions with Sweet Corn to keep it lower in carbs!

If carbs are your friend, serve this buffalo chicken thigh recipe alongside my Creamy Mashed Potatoes or Garlic Basmati Rice.

Recipe highlights

  • Low carb
  • High protein
  • Gluten free
  • Only 4 main ingredients
  • Excellent for meal prep

Ingredients

Ingredients needed to make buffalo chicken thighs.
  • Chicken thighs – This recipe calls for boneless skinless chicken thighs. I would not substitute in bone-in/skin-on chicken thighs. Bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs have a different cook time and also produce a lot of oil during the cooking process. Substituting them in would drastically change the way this recipe turns out.
  • Celery – The chopped celery is added to the chicken thighs after they have cooked and are ready to be served. The cool celery contrasts wonderfully with hot buffalo sauce.
  • Blue Cheese – The crumbly blue cheese is also added to the baked buffalo chicken after they have finished cooking. You could substitute in creamy blue cheese dressing for the crumbly blue cheese if needed.
  • Buffalo sauce – I recommend buying bottled buffalo sauce for this recipe because it is convenient and saves time. I prefer to purchase Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Sauce. If bottled buffalo sauce isn’t for you, here’s a simple recipe for homemade buffalo sauce!
  • Salt – Most of the time I prefer to use course kosher salt.
  • Garlic powder – I always use garlic powder that actually looks more like garlic granules, however, it is still labeled as “garlic powder” on the bottle. I prefer to use Simply Organic Garlic Powder.
  • Fresh parsley – Garnishing the chicken things with fresh parsley is optional.

Kitchen tools needed

This baked buffalo chicken recipe doesn’t require many kitchen tools at all! This makes cleanup a breeze!

  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Sheet pan
  • Cutting board & chopping knife
  • Measuring cups & measuring spoons

How to make Buffalo Chicken Thighs

  1. Season – Season the chicken thighs with salt and garlic powder. Coat the seasoned chicken thighs in buffalo sauce.
  2. Bake – Bake the chicken thighs in a 400° F oven for 30 minutes.
  3. Serve – Top the baked chicken thighs with chopped celery and crumbly blue cheese. If wanted, drizzle with extra buffalo sauce and garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

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Buffalo chicken thigs on a sheet pan and parchment paper topped with crumbly blue cheese and chopped celery.

Buffalo Chicken Thighs with Celery & Blue Cheese


  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Buffalo chicken thighs are boneless & skinless chicken thighs coated in buffalo sauce, baked, and topped with chopped celery and crumbly blue cheese.  This high protein, low-carb main dish is simple enough for a busy weeknight dinner. 


Ingredients

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  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 4 celery stalks – chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbly blue cheese
  • Optional: fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400° Fahrenheit. 
  2. Place the chicken thighs in a medium-sized mixing bowl.  Season with salt and garlic powder.  Coat with buffalo sauce. 
  3. Transfer the chicken thighs to a sheet pan, placed in an even layer, spaced apart. 
  4. Bake the buffalo chicken thighs for 25-30 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of at least 165° F.
  5. Remove from the oven and top each chicken thigh with chopped celery, crumbly blue cheese and (optional) fresh parsley garnish. 

Notes

  • This is a gluten free, low carb recipe.
  • Store cooked chicken thighs in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for 3-5 days.
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: buffalo chicken thighs

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the chicken thighs keep in the fridge for?

The cooked chicken thighs should stay fresh from 3-5 days if stored in an air-tight container.

Is this a gluten free recipe?

Yes, all ingredients used for this recipe are naturally gluten free.

Can I grill buffalo chicken thighs?

Yes, definitely! You will have to adjust the cooking time and the texture of the meat will change a bit, but otherwise grilling chicken thighs should work well.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with any kind of potato – baked, roasted, fried or mashed.
  • Serve with white or brown rice.
  • Serve over a green salad or with steamed broccoli or steamed green beans.

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