Buffalo Chicken Salad in Blue Cheese Gougeres

Chunky Chicken Salad Spiked with Spicy Hot Sauce, Crisp Celery, and Tangy Blue Cheese, and Stuffed into Puffy Blue Cheese Choux Pastry Puffs. These Gougeres Filled with Buffalo Chicken Salad make Perfect Party Food!

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I’m sharing something a little different today!

SAVORY!!!

I am a huge fan of anything “Buffalo,” and if you’ve been clicking over to this page much in the last week or so, you know that I also love pate a choux puffs.  First I made these, and then these.  And now I’m showing you just how versatile choux can be, with this spicy cheesy creation!

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We ate these for a quick dinner last night, before heading over to the fields for my kids’ first little league practice of the season.  But I’m imagining they’d make a great nibble for a party!  A fun, slider-sized appetizer or hors d’oeuvre, or buffet offering for a birthday luncheon or baby shower.

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The chicken salad is chock full of crisp celery, sweet red onion, and chopped egg.  The dressing is lightened up a bit with the addition of Greek yogurt.  It gives a nice tangy flavor, and along with the chunks of blue cheese, really cools down the heat of the spicy buffalo dressing.

Buffalo Chicken Salad in Blue Cheese Gougeres | Baking a Moment

There’s also blue cheese in the choux puffs!  Honestly, these puffy pastries are so good, even just on their own.  They make a great snack, and a terrific accompaniment to a glass of red wine.  They smell so toasty when they’re baking up in the oven!  Your whole house will be filled with the cheesy aroma.  Just try to resist popping them all in your mouth while they’re still warm…

Buffalo Chicken Salad in Blue Cheese Gougeres | Baking a Moment

Buffalo Chicken Salad in Blue Cheese Gougeres

Yield: about 1 dozen

Buffalo Chicken Salad in Blue Cheese Gougeres

Chunky Chicken Salad Spiked with Spicy Hot Sauce, Crisp Celery, and Tangy Blue Cheese, and Stuffed into Puffy Blue Cheese Choux Pastry Puffs. These Gougeres Filled with Buffalo Chicken Salad make Perfect Party Food!

Ingredients

    For the Buffalo Chicken Salad:
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 3 ribs of celery, coarsely chopped
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce (I used Crystal brand)
  • 4 ounces blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • juice & zest of one lemon
  • For the Blue Cheese Gougeres:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs

Instructions

    Make the Buffalo Chicken Salad:
  1. Poach the chicken breasts in simmering salted water for about 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Shred or chop the chicken into small pieces.
  2. Place the chicken in a large bowl with all the remaining chicken salad ingredients, and toss well to coat.
  3. Make the Gougeres:
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  5. Place the water, butter, cheese, and salt in a saucepan. Heat over a medium-high flame, until the butter is completely melted and the mixture is simmering.
  6. Add in the flour all at once, and continue to cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes, or until a film begins to form on the bottom of the pot.
  7. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl, and beat on medium speed.
  8. Drop in the eggs, one at a time. Allow each egg to become fully incorporated, before adding the next (about 30 seconds to a minute).
  9. Pipe or spoon the dough into 2-inch diamer mounds, onto parchment-lined baking sheets, allowing about 3 inches in between each puff.
  10. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until puffed, golden brown, hollow, dry, and light.
  11. Cool the gougeres completely and fill with Buffalo Chicken Salad.
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Buffalo Chicken Salad in Blue Cheese Gougeres | Baking a Moment

As they puff up in the oven, they also hollow out on the inside.  Slice off their tippy tops and find a little well that’s just begging to be filled with spicy buffalo chicken salad!

Buffalo Chicken Salad in Blue Cheese Gougeres | Baking a Moment

I hope you guys enjoyed my little side trip into the savory world today! Few things can draw my eye away from sugary, buttery treats, but I just can’t resist buffalo + blue cheese!

Have a great weekend, friends! :D

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Comments

  1. says

    Allie, I am loving your savory side :). All of these flavors are making me wish I could come over to your house for dinner, lol. You definitely make this look so easy – I am so intrigued to give it a try!

  2. says

    Gougeres are the best! I’ve recently started making them a lot and wanted to tinker with stuffing them. The chicken salad is such a great idea, Allie, and you’re right…these are the perfect party food! :)

    • says

      Aren’t they? I swear, I could totally eat them just plain, they are so. good. I’ve made them with all different varieties of cheeses and they never disappoint! Thanks for the sweet comment, Marcie! Have a great weekend <3

  3. says

    I love your savory side!! I have a weakness for blue cheese and buffalo as well so I know these will be gone in less than a minute. Love how versatile your pate au choux pastry is!! Great great idea. Hope you have a great weekend :)

  4. says

    First off I must say I love that you used the word gourgeres in the title, so descriptive!! Billiant! The combination of ingredients really makes me curious how it all tastes together! Pinning for later. Thanks Allie! Always something that looks awesome! :)

    • says

      Thanks, Kelly! Aren’t gougeres the best??? I just love those cheesy little puffs. They are really good with the spicy chicken salad! I’m so happy you liked them, dear, thanks so much for the great feedback! <3

    • says

      Thank you Nora! I’m so happy you appreciated the ‘high-low” aspect ;) I was just dipping my toe into the water to see how well received a savory recipe would be here. I would like to do more! Thanks for the great feedback, and hope you have a great weekend, dear!

  5. says

    The second I saw “buffalo chicken” in the name of this post I knew I had to come see it and you did not disappoint, Allie! These look absolutely amazing and I need some in my life hah I love the savory touches to this, especially the red onion, yummo! Love it!

  6. says

    I definitely wouldn’t be able to resist popping these in my mouth straight out of the oven, Allie! But a chef needs to taste what they’re cooking, right? First rule of baking! LOVE all the fresh, light flavours in these. Lemon, Greek yoghurt, blue cheese, celery, eggs … fantastic combination! The gougeres remind me of ‘Yorkshire puddings’ that we eat with roast beef and veggies in the UK! Pinning these for future reference!

    • says

      I’ve always wanted to try Yorkshire Pudding with roast beef but have never had the chance! It sounds so hearty and comforting. I’m so happy you liked this recipe, Helen! Thank you so much for sharing on Pinterest ;)

  7. says

    I have never had gougeres. In fact, I have never even heard of them..
    I just did a quick google search, and oh my goodness, how I want to try to make them! This looks so good!!

  8. says

    Wow, what an incredible appetizer! I must admit, I love cream puffs filled with savory ingredients even more than sweet! And I’ve made blue cheese gougeres, too…fabulous!!!

  9. says

    Yay, I love seeing your savory side :) We are big fans of buffalo chicken and these savory puff pastries would be such a big hit in our house! I love how versatile your choux puffs are too and the blue cheese sounds delicious in them! Such an awesome recipe Allie :)

  10. says

    Allie, WOW, these sound absolutely fabulous and look AHmazing. LOVE! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe at Best of the Weekend – pinning, of course, and sharing this week. Hope you have a happy Sunday and a fabulous week!

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