Baked Buffalo Chicken with Melted Blue Cheese (Video)
Baked Buffalo Chicken with Melted Blue Cheese features well-trimmed chicken thighs baked in a spicy buffalo sauce and topped with melted blue cheese! And anyone who likes chicken and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is going to love this for an easy low-carb dinner.
Baked Buffalo Chicken Thighs with Melted Blue Cheese is a recipe I created when I realized that Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (affiliate link) had zero carbs, and if you like Buffalo Wings, you’ll love this healthy chicken main dish with the same flavors. This dinner idea is a treat for low-carb or Keto eaters who like buffalo sauce, and I’m recommending it for my Friday Favorites pick for this week! You could skip the blue cheese if you don’t have that in the house, or use another crumbly cheese like Feta or Cotija or even some grated Mozzarella if you have that!
I’ve become a fan of inexpensive chicken thighs for a quick dinner, and this recipe is a riff on the Sweet and Spicy Baked Sriracha Chicken Thighs that we also absolutely devoured when we tested the recipe. Figuring out how easy it is to use Kitchen Shears (affiliate link) to trim the chicken thighs has made me a lot more interested in cooking them. For this recipe I used the kitchen shears to cut away the skin and most of the fatty parts that are on the underneath side of the thighs.
And there are plenty more recipes using Frank’s Red Hot Sauce on the blog, for anyone else who’s also a fan of this spicy sauce with zero carbs!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- skin-on-bone-in chicken thighs
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper
- Poultry Seasoning (affiliate link)
- crumbled blue cheese
- Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (affiliate link)
- olive oil
- Worcestershire Sauce, or look for gluten-free Worcestershire if needed
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), probably optional, but good
- yellow mustard
- Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link), or sweetener of your choice
How to make this recipe:
(Scroll down for complete printable recipe, including nutritional information.)
- If you use Kitchen Shears to remove the skin and trim away fat (including the pocket of fat on the underneath side) I think bone-in thighs are perfect for a dish like this. Or leave more fat on than I did, your choice.
- Sprinkle thighs with salt, pepper, and a little Poultry Seasoning (affiliate link) and bake skin-side up for 15 minutes at 400F/200C.
- While the thighs bake, whisk together Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (affiliate link), olive oil, Worcestershire Sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), yellow mustard, and a tiny bit of sweetener to make the sauce.
- Turn chicken over, brush with half the sauce, and bake 10 minutes more.
- Then turn the chicken skin-side-up again, brush with the remaining sauce and bake 10 minutes more.
- Sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese and bake 10 minutes more and you’re done!
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- 10 skin-on-bone-in chicken thighs (or buy bone-in skinless thighs if you can find them)
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper to season chicken
- 1 tsp. dried Poultry Seasoning
- 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese (or a little more)
- 1/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
- 1 1/2 T olive oil
- 1 1/2 T Worcestershire Sauce (Look for gluten-free Worcestershire if needed)
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1-2 tsp. Green Tabasco Sauce (probably optional, but this does add another dimension of flavor)
- 2 tsp. yellow mustard
- 1 T Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (or sweetener of your choice)
- Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Spray a glass or crockery baking dish with olive oil or non-stick spray. (I used a dish that was about 9″ x 13″ but any dish that will fit the chicken thighs in a single layer will work.)
- Use Kitchen Shears (affiliate link) or a sharp knife to remove the skin and trim away fat from the thighs, paying special attention to the pocket of fat on the underneath side. (I save the skin and chicken scraps to make homemade chicken stock.)
- Put the chicken thighs skin-side up in the baking dish and season with salt, fresh-ground black pepper, and the dried poultry seasoning.
- Bake chicken 15 minutes while you whisk together the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (affiliate link), olive oil, Worcestershire Sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), yellow mustard, and Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or other sweetener to make the sauce.
- After initial 15 minutes, turn the chicken pieces over, and brush with half the sauce mixture, and bake chicken 10 minutes more.
- Then turn chicken again (so skin side is up again) and brush with the remaining sauce and bake another 10 minutes.
- Remove blue cheese from fridge and crumble apart. When chicken has baked 10 minutes with the sauce on the top side, sprinkle blue cheese over the chicken and bake 10 minutes more. Serve hot.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 995mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 15g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This recipe is perfect for low-carb or Keto eating plans if you use an approved sweetener, since Franks Red Hot Sauce has zero carbs. The South Beach Diet doesn’t recommend chicken thighs because of the fat content, but since I realized that you really can trim them well using kitchen shears I’ve been considering them an acceptable choice for an occasional treat for South Beach, and they cook perfectly in a recipe like this where boneless skinless breast meat might get dried out.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted March 2015. Recipe was updated with nutritional information and other improvements in March 2020.