Domino’s Hot Buffalo Chicken (Copycat)

4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

This Domino’s Hot Buffalo Chicken is a spicy, cheesy appetizer of crispy chicken smothered in tangy buffalo sauce, ranch dressing and three melty cheeses!

Get ready for Crispy Chicken Nuggets to be upgraded into a winning Game Day appetizer. This Copycat Recipe is like Boneless Buffalo Wings and gooey cheese pizza all in one delicious bite!

Domino's Hot Buffalo Chicken on fork


Say what you will about their pizza, Domino’s has really stepped up their game when it comes to sides. They certainly offer the most variety when it comes to non-pizza offerings at a pizza delivery chain. Instead of just having wings, they also have nuggets topped with fun flavors. The problem is you only get 8 and when you’re having a party you need more like 58 of them.

This Hot Buffalo Chicken is a bit spicier than the Jalapeno Pineapple Chicken, with just as much melty, gooey cheesy goodness.

This Hot Buffalo Chicken side is the best parts of a buffalo chicken pizza, but as an appetizer. You get all the delicious toppings without feeling bad about picking them off when no ones looking. Plus, no crusts means room for more snacks.

One surprising thing you’ll find with these Hot Buffalo Chicken bites is that there is no blue cheese. Instead Domino’s uses feta in along with their 3 cheese pizza blend. So for all the folks that avoid buffalo sides because they don’t like bleu cheese – this is an appetizer you can get on board with!

If you are serving this for a party, I would recommend making a double batch, they are gonna go fast. If you find you need to make more, luckily they are so easy to throw together, especially if you have Chicken Nuggets or Crispy Chicken Tenders in your freezer.



  • Prepare Chicken: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place 20 chicken nuggets on the baking sheet in a single layer with edges touching.
  • Cover with Sauce and Cheese: Coat with Buffalo wing sauce and ranch dressing. Sprinkle over feta, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese.
  • Bake: Bake at 400 degrees for 13-15 minutes.

Domino's Hot Buffalo Chicken with sauces before baking


  • Hot Sauce: If buffalo sauce is a bit too spicy for you, try a milder sauce or add ¼ stick of butter to your hot sauce to bring down the heat.
  • Cauliflower: For a delicious vegetarian dish, use Roasted Cauliflower or baked crispy tofu instead of the chicken.
  • Cheese: If you are a bleu cheese fan, swap out the Feta crumbles for fresh bleu cheese crumbles instead. You can use a packaged pizza blend or try shredded provolone or Monterey jack.
  • Chicken: Lighten up your appetizer and substitute grilled chicken pieces. You can use frozen chicken nuggets or even chicken patties for this recipe.
  • Chicken Salad: If you have leftovers (or you make extra for the next day), top a garden salad with your Hot Buffalo Chicken Bites and serve with Ranch Dressing

Domino's Hot Buffalo Chicken with cheese before baking


Turn this into a Buffalo chicken pizza with the ingredients from the recipe below (double the hot sauce and cheese) and my homemade Pizza Dough:

  • Make the dough as usual.
  • Spread ¼ cup hot sauce on crust (or use Pizza Sauce for milder pizza).
  • Cover with ½ the shredded cheese and diced chicken bites.
  • Drizzle with ranch dressing and sprinkle top with remaining cheeses.
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes.



  • Serve: This chicken will stay good at room temperature for up to 2 hours. Keep warm in the oven, covered in foil, if making ahead for a party.
  • Store: Hot Buffalo Chicken Bites are best served fresh, as the sauce will make it a bit soggy, but you can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days in a sealed container.
  • Freeze: Store chicken without sauce for best results. This will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer, in an airtight container.

Domino's Hot Buffalo Chicken Bites on tray

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Domino's Hot Buffalo Chicken

This Domino's Hot Buffalo Chicken is a spicy, cheesy appetizer of crispy chicken smothered in tangy buffalo sauce, ranch dressing and three melty cheeses!
Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 20 pieces chicken nuggets , (my recipe)
  • 1/4 cup Buffalo Wing Sauce , (my recipe)
  • 3 tbsp ranch dressing
  • 1/2 ounce feta cheese , about 2 tablespoons (cubed)
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese , shredded
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese , shredded


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line chicken nuggets up in single layer touching each other on the sides.
  • Coat with buffalo wing sauce and ranch dressing.
  • Sprinkle with feta cheese cubes, cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes until cheese is crispy, browned and melted.


Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 962mg | Potassium: 432mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 219mg | Iron: 1mg

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Thanks for the recipe Sabrina. Taste is just like the Domino’s version – and I would never had guessed feta was the secret ingredient.

  2. I love how easy this recipe is, the feta takes it right over the top! A total crowd pleaser of a meal!

  3. How can this recipe have only 2 grams of carb per serving, using your recipe for chicken nuggets which has 24 grams of carb per serving? Where is the misprint? Thanks.

    1. Sorry about that. The plug in I was using wasn’t recognizing the nuggets. Thanks for catching that!