Chunky chicken salad spiked with spicy hot sauce, crisp celery, and tangy blue cheese, stuffed into puffy blue cheese choux pastry puffs. These gougeres filled with buffalo chicken salad make the perfect party food!

Buffalo Chicken Salad in Blue Cheese Gougeres | Baking a Moment

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!

Buffalo Chicken Salad in Blue Cheese Gougeres | Baking a Moment

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.

Buffalo Chicken Salad in Blue Cheese Gougeres | Baking a Moment

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 sauce.

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

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! 😀

Buffalo Chicken Salad in Blue Cheese Gougeres | Baking a Moment

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Buffalo Chicken Salad in Blue Cheese Gougeres
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
 

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 the perfect party food!

Course: Appetizer, Salad, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blue cheese gougeres, buffalo chicken salad
Servings: 12
Calories: 313 kcal
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
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (juice of one lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (zest of one lemon)
For the Gougeres:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 4 ounces blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 eggs (large)
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.
Make the Gougeres:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place the water, butter, cheese, and salt in a saucepan. Heat over medium-high, until the butter is completely melted and the mixture is simmering.

  3. 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.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl, and beat on medium speed.
  5. 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).
  6. Pipe or spoon the dough into 2-inch diameter mounds, onto parchment-lined baking sheets, allowing about 3 inches in between each puff.

  7. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until puffed, golden brown, hollow, dry, and light.
  8. Cool the gougeres completely and fill with Buffalo Chicken Salad.
Recipe Notes

For more info on how to make the puffs, click here: Simply Perfect Pate a Choux.

Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Chicken Salad in Blue Cheese Gougeres
Amount Per Serving
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 158mg53%
Sodium 825mg36%
Potassium 348mg10%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 642IU13%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 124mg12%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.