Buffalo Chicken Calzones

I’d been planning this for a while. You know how it goes… you put a recipe on the to-do/to-make list, forget to get the ingredients and have to wait till the next shopping trip because you don’t want to go back out. Well then you get all of the ingredients but one major one, uhm… the chicken. Yeah, it’s kind of a key ingredient. I swear this took me several weeks to finally get around to making. But when I did get around to making it… wow, it was easy, fun and smelled great!

Now let me clearly state that as with many other items I sometimes make and share, this was not for me. Hubs is the buffalo fan. I’m a bbq fan. So when I mixed up the pizza dough, half went to my dinner … bbq chicken pizza and the other half was reserved to make these calzones the next day. Note that I didn’t use the dough from the linked pizza. I used this delicious quick and thick pizza dough.

The final result – well, if you love anything buffalo chicken then you’ll love this. I mean it’s basically just buffalo chicken pizza but wrapped up. Very easy to make and serves a crowd, if you want it to. Using half of the dough, I made two fairly large calzones and then cut those into 4 thick slices each. So you could easily make two jumbo calzones with the full amount of dough, 4 large or just split the dough like I did. Either reserve half of the dough, tossing it in a freezer safe bag until you’re ready to use or make a pizza with the other half right then. Slice size can vary greatly too. So really… great for dinner or a party! What’s great too is if you make several calzones, you can change up the variety with each!

Please note that the ingredients listed below are for half a batch of dough, but it is a ton easier to make a full batch. Save half for later, double the other ingredients to make more buffalo calzones or make another type of calzone with the other dough. It’s your choice what to do with the extra dough…it won’t go bad! Use right away, store in the fridge for a few days or pop in the freezer until ready to use – then simply thaw.

Buffalo Chicken Calzones

Ingredients:

1/2 batch pizza dough* (see note)
2C cubed chicken breast** (see note)
1/2C+ Buffalo sauce, divided (I used Frank's Red Hot buffalo wing sauce)
1/4C chunky blue cheese dressing
1C mozzarella cheese, shredded
1C mild cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

If prepping dough a day ahead, do so following the directions. Keep in a greased and covered bowl after the full rise time. Toss in the fridge until ready to use. Pull out of the fridge 45-60 minutes before making your calzones.

Prepare chicken by trimming any fat and cutting into bite size cubes. Toss cubed chicken into a bowl or food safe storage container. Top off with 3 tbsp buffalo sauce. Stir to coat. Cover container with plastic wrap or lid. Store in the fridge to marinate overnight.

If making dough the day of, follow directions - plan for the dough to take at least 1hr and 10-15min total. It's a quick dough but does still require rising time. You can let the dough rise for the full hour, split and rise again if desired.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Heat a large skillet over medium to medium high heat. Cook chicken and additional 2 tbsp buffalo sauce. Stir well, cooking chicken for 5-10 minutes or until fully cooked. Transfer to a clean bowl. Add an additional 1/4C buffalo sauce to chicken. Stir to coat. Set aside.

Prepare a baking sheet with one of the following: silpat, parchment, olive oil or cornmeal. Choose which works best for you. I opted for my silpat. Divide dough into as many portions as you'd like. I made two (out of the half a batch of dough*). Stretch dough into a large circle or rectangle. It doesn't have to be perfect. Let gravity help as well as pushing on the dough gently while resting on your prepared baking sheet. Flip and continue process until you are satisfied with the size.

Coat one half of the dough with chunky blue cheese dressing - almost to the edge but not quiet. Top off with cooked buffalo chicken.
Sprinkle with a mixture of both cheeses - roughly a handful will do. If making two or more calzones, keep this in mind as you grab and sprinkle the cheese... make sure you're leaving plenty for the other(s).

Fold over the dough. Roll and pinch the edges to seal. Sprinkle with a touch more cheese.

Repeat process with remaining dough and ingredients on a second baking sheet. I actually cooked mine at separate times. While the first was baking, I prepped the next.

Bake for 12-15 minutes. I found 13 minutes was just perfect. Let cool for a few minutes, then cut with a serrated knife into as many slices as desired.

Serve warm and enjoy.

*Dough can be made ahead of time and chilled or made the same day.
**Chicken requires overnight marinating - figure this into your recipe plans.


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38 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Calzones”

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 18, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I love buffalo chicken so I’d really enjoy this!

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    Danae (The Busty Baker) — March 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Mmm calzones. I’m like you.. Not the buffalo fan. But I might try this with the BBQ chicken instead! And are the pictures taken with your fancy new camera? Cause they look great!

    • Rachel — March 18th, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

      I might try w/bbq sometime too! I’m sure loaded with all kinds of ingredients would be fun. It might be my new favorite thing to try out. And yes… pics are from the new camera! :)

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — March 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    To be honest, I’ve never seen how a calzone was made. Now I know and I’m so excited to try it out myself!

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — March 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    These look SO good!! We love buffalo chicken & have recently tried the dip. Would never have thought to put it in a calzone. YUM!!

    Found you through Stumble Upon…new there.

    Denise @ Creative Kitchen

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    naomi — March 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    This looks gorgeous and so tasty! My husband si gonna love this!

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    Cookin' Canuck — March 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    This would be the perfect meal while we are watching all of the March Madness games. Love it!

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    Aggie — March 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I have to make a calzone at home. So fun to come up with the fillings isn’t it. This looks great!

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    Bebe — March 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I just made these for my family to eat while watching March Madness because my sons love anything with hot sauce…super recipe!! I also made one with just veggies and cheese, and a cheesesteak one with peppers and onions. We had fun thinking up different fillings…Thanks so much for a great recipe!

    • Rachel — March 20th, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

      Awesome! So glad you liked it and had fun with the different varieties! :)

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    Karly — March 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Oh, I love this. I’m a huge buffalo chicken fan…these look amazing!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — March 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I love buffalo sauce, what an incredible idea! I can’t wait to try out your recipe. :)

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    natalie (the sweets life) — March 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    excellent, just excellent. can’t wait to make!

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    Lora @cakeduchess — March 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Rachel-Love calzones and LOVE buffalo wings! This is a fun and delicious idea! :)

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    Sherry Greek — March 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Mmmmmm I’m drooling! I had buffalo chicken pizza for lunch, but ya know what? I can never get enough buffchickdip!

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    beemis — March 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I have made these plenty of times (before i read this) but what I normally do is boil the chicken down in a mixture of spices and sauces- primarily franks buffalo also- and i’ll take the shredded chicken, cheese and a little blue cheese and do the same thing.

    it’s nice, I feel like the shredded chicken adds a different texture that I really enjoy though.

    • Rachel — March 22nd, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

      I debated between chunks and shredded before making them – in the end I asked hubs what his preference would be so that’s why this is made w/chunks and not shredded meat :)

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    Shelby — March 23, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Love the calzone. I love Franks Red Hot…..to me that is the best to use!!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — March 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

    oh great idea! I have some leftover chicken in the freezer, and I always have pizza dough ready to go – I’m going to try this!

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — March 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Wonderful! I’ve been thinking of trying to come up with a buffalo chicken calzone since my husband is a big buffalo fan as well. Looks like I don’t even have to experiment with it! This looks perfect.

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    blogbytina! — April 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    omg fatkid heaven. yum

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    I love thanks for sharing, and those pictures are amazing. VERY drool worthy! :)

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    Erin — April 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    LOL @ slices… you act like I’d share this!! Just give me a fork!

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    Chef Dennis — April 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    my girls love buffalo chicken, I know they would really enjoy those perfect calzones!

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    Megan — April 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I love buffalo sauce and calzones alike! What a wonderful recipe…gotta try it! Thanks for sharing..

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    briarrose — April 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Wonderful flavor for a calzone…I love it and I know my hubby would it adore it.

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    Luc — April 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I stumbled on this recipe today. Awesome! I made mine with a Franks/Sirachi hybrid sauce due to no Franks Buffalo.
    I misread the recipe and used real blue cheese; however, thank you for the recipe. This is going into the recipe book.

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    Kelly — May 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    This looks incredible, can’t wait to try this soon! :)

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    asian recipes — August 22, 2011 at 10:49 am

    this looks brilliant!!! i want some of this right now please….:) thank you for sharing this.

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    trina @ best salad recipes — August 22, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Simple and delicious. We made them last night and highly recommend these!

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    dora — October 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I love the crispy cheese on top!! I think if something can’t be made into a calzone, then it isn’t worth eating at all.

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    Katie Hozan — October 31, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    This recipe looks delicious! I really like how you can prepare the dough in advance to save time the day of. What a great idea, especially for college kids looking for a delicious, quick meal. Thanks for sharing!

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    Brandon — November 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Rachel, this looks so delicious and easy! I love buffalo chicken, and might make this very soon! Thanks for posting this great entry!

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    Grant — December 31, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I am a HUGE fan of anything with buffalo sauce A+. Got any more :)

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    amie@familyrecipeworld — February 27, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I love trying new pizza styles! Thanks you for sharing Rachel :0)

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    kelsey — March 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    this was really good! didnt have time to make the dough but i used croissants and everyone loved it, even the non-buffalo eaters. Also used ranch instead of blue cheese, only because its a family preference! Thank you for the wonderful idea!

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    Liz — June 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    This is soooo good!! I think I’ve made this once every few weeks since you posted it.

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