Seriously?

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These might only be serious because they are the first non-taco item I’ve eaten in, like… a week. Someone’s been on quite the taco binge lately.

It’s been necessary and the only way I know how to cope.

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But this is one of those meals that I’ve made a million times. Granted it usually happens in less than stellar lighting and I don’t always make it look pretty because I tend to be, you know, starving, but this time… I had to share. It fits my whole I-can’t-think-of-any-new-cookie-recipes-so-I’m-just-going-to-flood-your-face-with-easy-dinner-ideas theme and well, I’m not one to pass up an opportunity.

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I do have to say though, after being a huge proponent of the homemade french bread pizza and on so many occasions making this buffalo chicken version, I like to think that I’ve found the perfect balance between sauce and cheese and toppings. You may remember that last year I went through a giant phase of that cilantro/scallions/gorgonzola combo and pretty much placed it all over my entire life. And this is no exception.

I’m totally bringing that back. On everything.

30-Minute Buffalo Chicken French Breads I howsweeteats.com

So besides the fact that all I want to really discuss today is exactly what I did from the hours of nine to eleven last night, including but not limited to how I think we should cohesively write a book on why Saul Berenson is fantastic and figuring out a way to give me Jennifer Carpenter’s perfect ombre hair, I think the pictures really do the talking here.

No surprise, it’s super simple. It’s covered in wing sauce and no, it’s not homemade, because I attempted to do that one day earlier this year and if I remember correctly I think it resulted in a massive tantrum and a giant mess that I refused to clean up. The bottled stuff just can’t be beat. Combined with fontina (because yes, you know I freaking love it) and all this flavor(!!), it’s just too good.

Way too good.

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30-Minute Buffalo Chicken French Breads

Yield: serves about 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 6-8 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 loaf of french bread, cut in half
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
2/3 cup buffalo wing sauce + extra for drizzling
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 tablespoons ranch dressing
12 ounces fontina cheese, freshly grated
6 ounces crumbled gorgonzola cheese
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped

Directions:

Place an oven rack in the middle of the over and heat your broiler to the high setting. Place the french bread, cut-side up, on a baking sheet and set in the oven for 2 minutes, then rotate and broil 2 minutes more, just until slightly golden. Remove and let cool.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Toss chicken with salt and pepper, then add to the skillet and cook until browned on all sides, about 10-12 minutes. Once cooked through, add garlic and stir for 30 seconds, then add in buffalo wing sauce and butter. Stir to toss and coat.

Brush 1 1/2 tablespoons (or more if desired) of ranch dressing onto each cut side of french bread. Top with 2-3 tablespoons each of buffalo wing sauce, then cover equally with a light sprinkling of fontina. Add the chicken, spooning out all of the sauce in the skillet. Cover with remaining fontina and gorgonzola. Broil on high (on the same center rack) for 5-6 minutes, watching closely and rotating the pan once or twice during broiling. You must watch closely because all broilers differ! It may take your oven 3-4 minutes or closer to 8. Just cook until the cheese is melted and slightly golden and the bread is somewhat crunchy.

Remove and top with another drizzle of buffalo wing sauce and then cover in green onions and cilantro. Cut into pieces and serve!

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Oh and seriously, please don’t skip the butter.

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111 Responses to “30-Minute Buffalo Chicken French Breads.”

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    little kitchie — December 17, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    i just made buffalo chicken baked potatoes this weekend and, after an attempt at making my own sauce, promptly discarded it and reached for the frank’s. you’re totally right – can’t be beat! these breads look amaaaazing and i want one now, please.

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — December 17, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    Sounds tasty! I have to be so careful with my broiler… one minute things look just fine, and the next, they’re totally black!! Multitasking while broiling is certainly not one of my strong suits. Great photos!!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 17, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    A taco binge sounds like my favorite way to cope. But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t welcome these gorgeous buffalo french breads with open arms. You had me at 30-minute. ;)

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 17, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    This is the best bread ever! I love Buffalo Chicken Wing anything!! Your bread looks amazing!!!!! I want to grab a loaf right now, notice I didn’t say slice! :)

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — December 17, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    Jessica,
    OMG this looks amazing. Seriously, next time you make anything buffalo chicken flavored PLEASE invite me over!! This is going on the menu this week. I LOVE IT.

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    Lily — December 17, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    I’m wondering if they’ll go with my early morning coffee that I am currently drinking. Who am I kidding?! Of COURSE they will!

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    Blog is the New Black — December 17, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    Yep, need this in my life.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 17, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    I’m absolutely making this for my hubs and 3 year old (seriously…. she loves the strangest things).

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    LisaG — December 17, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    What about buffalo chicken tacos?!

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    Joolz — December 17, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    So, when exactly do you use the butter? :)

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    • Jessica — December 17th, 2012 @ 11:21 am

      the butter goes in with the buffalo wing sauce – in the 2nd paragraph of the recipe!

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    DessertForTwo — December 17, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    Should we hold an intervention for the taco-eating problem? ;)

    Love these! So easy!

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    Katie — December 17, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    I am awed by the awesomeness of your Gorgonzola cheese melt drip caught in action. It’s 8:02am and I just had breakfast, but I am seriously considering going down to the market for the ingredients for this. Yum!!!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles — December 17, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    Buffalo chicken anything is amazing. And I never skip the butter!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — December 17, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    I can totally get behind homemade french bread pizza. Looks scrumptious!

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    Lauren Hardy — December 17, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    Jessica,

    Thanks for another lovely recipe. I’m going to add this to my “quick meals” collection.

    Lauren

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — December 17, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    This is most definitely my life on a loaf.

    Life on a Loaf! Let’s start a band.

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    • Jessica — December 17th, 2012 @ 11:20 am

      life on a loaf… omg.

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    Morgan — December 17, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    I love using big loafs of french bread for pizza night like these! It never occurred to me to switch up the flavor profile though! Hello?!? Thanks :)

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    Patty — December 17, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    If it’s wrong to want this for breakfast, I don’t want to be right.

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    Erin@LawStudentsWife — December 17, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    French bread + buffalo chicken are not two items I’d easily think to couple. Good thing I have you, because this looks like a match made in heaven. Buffalo chicken french bread forever!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 17, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    Every time you make buffalo chicken ANYTHING it leaves me planning a trip to the store like THEVERYSECOND Wes wakes up. And, well, this is no exception!

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    Drew @ Catfish & Caviar — December 17, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    OMG I cannot wait to try this recipe! Looks amazing!

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    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} — December 17, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    This does look way too good. I kind of didn’t know that French bread pizza existed outside of college dining halls… I’m glad to know there’s a dressed-up version!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 17, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    They look amazing and I love the colors – the bbq sauce makes me want to slather bbq sauce on everything now! :)

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    shirley@bells-bakery — December 17, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    Ok you had me at 30 minutes but then you threw ranch and gorganzola into the mix….these must be amazing!! drool!

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    Megan — December 17, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    You are seriously speaking to my heart right now!!

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    Wendi — December 17, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    I cannot wait to try this! YUM!!!!

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    Ali @ Peaches and Football — December 17, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    Is it totally lame to say that buffalo anything scares me? :) I’m not sure why, but when buffalo sauce became popular on chicken wings, I would always pass. Why are they calling it ‘buffalo’? Does it make it taste like a buffalo? I don’t know but I find it wrong somehow. But those pictures look soooo right. :)

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    Laura — December 17, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    Delish, as usual. But PLEASE tell me you have seen Homeland by now. Gah so frustratingly good! Mildly kicking myself for not being smart enough to see that coming…

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    Sarah R. — December 17, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    Why have I not thought to make my own french bread pizza before? Ok, maybe I have but then I forgot about how awesome it is? Anyway, I think you’ve just given me an idea for my next dinner party for friends- make your own french bread pizza night. Hello easy! I’ll just pick up some baguettes and toppings, and everybody will be happy. I think I might do this for New Year’s Eve!

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    Katherine R. — December 17, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    Oh.My.God. To avoid being dramatic, I think this is the greatest loaf of bread I have ever laid eyes on. Ever. Break out the buffalo sauce, I just found my Monday night dinner recipe. Thank you, a million times thank you.

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    HeatherChristo — December 17, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    Oh boy, I have been thinking about 1980′s french bread pizza a lot lately. This obviously takes it to a whole new level- gorgeous. The pictures of the melting cheese: yessssss.

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    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — December 17, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    I made the ridiculous mistake of checking all my favorite blogs while absolutely STARVING and I sorta wanna cry that I have soup for lunch and not these buffalo french breads. Soup ain’t gonna cut it now.

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    Chloe Moon — December 17, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    In the next few weeks I’m moving in with my boyfriend and his big obsession is buffalo chicken! I will definitely be making this for him one night! =)

    Ergo – Blog

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    Alicia Greenrabbit — December 17, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    In keeping with the Buffalo wing experience ,crispy hot spicy chicken, creamy bleu cheese ,celery and a cold tasty Sam Adams beer.What if along with the chopped cilantro I chopped up some celery??? Smaller than bite size pieces.

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    kari — December 17, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    Whoa, so good!! Guess what I’ll be making this week!! Beautiful blog by the way!

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — December 17, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    I’m drooling at my screen! These look delicious! :D

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    Kim in MD — December 17, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    Ok, I just ate lunch but I am still drooling over this! I think this would be perfect football game party food!

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    sara — December 17, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    This looks amazing!

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    Sabatino - hotcupoflove.com — December 17, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    I can’t imagine my life without these. I just don’t want to.

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    lapiubelladitutte — December 17, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    I could totally eat them right now!

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    a farmer in the dell — December 17, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    This recipe will make my husband fall in love with me all over again. I have you to thank!

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    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — December 17, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    I was just thinking yesterday that I could really go for some buffalo chicken something-or-other! You more than nailed it with this one!

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    Simone — December 17, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    Going to make this for the Red Skins game on Sunday. Perfect for the guys…and me :]]

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    Emily — December 17, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    ermahgerrrd! I don’t ever cook or bake but I love ALL the food. I found this blog by accident and I think it’s a sign from the universe. This whole site is amazeballs.

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — December 17, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    The only thing my BF knows how to make me is French bread pizzas (though we use sourdough; just as good!) and I am soo okay with that.

    And oh my god. Saul. SAUL!!! The scene where he’s in the huge room at the end with the people who were part of the thing that happened. (trying not to spoil anything…) Just omg. I am a sucker for “WTF” moments in season finales and last night was no exception!!

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    Sarah — December 17, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

    Give it. Just hand it over. Thank you. I’m hungry.

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    Amber — December 17, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    What brand of buffalo sauce do you use? Do you think this recipe could be done with barbeque sauce instead?

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    • Jessica — December 17th, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

      I use Frank’s wing sauce – not just the Red Hot, but the wing sauce. You could do barbecue but I would probably change up the flavors and do some caramelized onions and cheddar instead.

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    jenna — December 17, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    this seriously sounds amazing! I love any thing on a hunk of bread.

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    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — December 17, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    Love love love. I love any recipe that involves buffalo chicken. And cheese. And ranch dressing. Those three ingredients together make me entirely too happy!

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    [New Balance] Nicole — December 18, 2012 @ 1:02 am

    These look amazing! I cannot wait to try to make them.

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