Buffalo ranch chicken wraps are a quick and easy chicken strip recipe and are everything we love about Buffalo wings in an easy-to-eat wrap form. Tender crispy chicken strips drizzled with buffalo wing sauce, and ranch dressing, with a mix of lettuce then rolled in a flour tortilla to create a hand-held version of the game day classic.
I love making these spicy, flavorful chicken wraps for friends and family. In my opinion, they’re great for almost any occasion. Of course, sports events immediately come to mind with the flavors of this wrap, but I also enjoy serving them up at backyard parties and even for weeknight dinners or weekend lunches.
There’s just something about the delicious, spicy flavor of these Buffalo ranch chicken wraps that I and my family and friends can’t get enough of.
An Easy Meal or Game Day Eat
These chicken wraps make the perfect addition to any game day spread. With that spicy sauce, cool ranch, and flour tortilla, it becomes a much easier to eat – and far less messy – take on classic Buffalo wings.
You don’t have to stop at game day, though. After all, these flavors are always welcome on a plate, in my opinion. Serve these up as a family lunch or dinner on the weekend for an extra special, extra tasty meal that’s a ton of fun.
How Buffalo Ranch Chicken Wraps Came to Be
Buffalo ranch chicken wraps are the result of the confluence of two food inventions that we all love – Buffalo wings and sandwich wraps. If either one of these weren’t invented, we wouldn’t have this delicious recipe!
People in Mexico, the Mediterranean, and South Asia have been eating wraps since before the 1900s. Perhaps the most recognized pre-Americanized wrap is the burrito which originated in Mexico.
However, the wrap as North Americans know it today was developed sometime in the early 1980s. There are two disputed theories on where it was actually invented first.
Some claim that wrap as we know it, an Americanized version of Mexican and Tex-Mex burritos, was invented at a southern California chain called “I Love Juicy”.
However, Bobby Valentine, sports icon and owner of The Bobby Valentine Sports Gallery Cafe in Stamford, Connecticut claims to have invented the wrap at about the same time.
There’s really no way to know where the wrap originated, but that’s okay. We only need to know that it’s delicious and that it led to me creating this delicious Buffalo ranch chicken wings wrap.
There’s no disputing where Buffalo wings and the sauce that goes with them comes from. In 1964, Teressa Bellissimo, co-owner of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York created Buffalo wings.
She cooked leftover wings in hot sauce as a late-night snack for her son and his friends. They liked it so much that the next day, the Bellissimos put the wings on the menu.
The rest, as they say, is history. Delicious, spicy history.
Buffalo Ranch Chicken Wraps
My Buffalo ranch chicken wraps take all the flavors we love about Buffalo wings and combines them with the sensibilities of a hand-held wrap. What you end up with is basically boneless Buffalo wings that you can almost eat without a napkin. Almost.
The spicy Buffalo sauce and tender chicken pair so well with the cool ranch dressing, and of course, it’s all wrapped up in a tortilla for easy eating. It’s so good, and it’s basically the Swiss Army Knife of food. Is it lunch? Yes. Dinner? Sure. Appetizer? Why not. Gameday treat? You’d better believe it.
These Buffalo ranch chicken wraps are designed to be a hand-held Buffalo wings sandwich, so any variations you do will take you further away from that feel. However, that’s not always a bad thing. You can play with this recipe a bit to create different twists on the recipe, and all of them would be delicious.
Change the Meat
Of course, chicken is right in the name of these wraps, but you don’t necessarily have to use chicken. Buffalo sauce is good on pork and beef, too. Try making these wraps with thinly-sliced steak or pork chops for a different, but equally delicious, wrap experience.
This recipe doesn’t call for cheese, but really, is there ever a time when adding cheese won’t make things better? No. The answer is no. Heck, we even put cheese on apple pie crust, so why not add it to these wraps?
Change the Tortilla
This recipe calls for standard white flour tortillas, but you can use any kind of tortilla you like. You’ll find variations like whole wheat and even veggie tortillas at your local store.
Turn Down the Heat
Not everyone wants a super spicy wrap. You can get all the great flavor of Buffalo wings in this wrap with a bit less heat by leaving out the red pepper flakes. You’ll still get the classic Buffalo sauce flavor and the extra kick from the cajun seasoning but with a touch less fire.
Try Different Veggies
I kept things simple with this Buffalo ranch chicken wrap by just adding lettuce, but you can try different veggies in the wrap.
Julienned carrots would work well, as would bell pepper. One thing that really comes to mind with the heat of this recipe is the cool creaminess of avocado or even guac. Get creative and have fun!
Buffalo Ranch Chicken Wraps Tips
These wraps are another of my super straightforward recipes, so there aren’t a lot of tips. There are just a few that will ensure that you make the absolute best wraps possible.
Don’t Overcrowd the Skillet
The secret to crispy fried anything is hot oil, so don’t overcrowd your skillet when frying the chicken. Every piece of chicken you add lowers the temperature of the oil. So give your chicken plenty of room to breathe and keep that oil heat high.
Bigger Breasts Mean More Strips
When creating this recipe, remember that you should get between 3 and 5 strips from your chicken breasts depending on how big they are. Use that rule of thumb to help you gauge how many strips you’ll be making.
To make things easier on yourself, you could just use chicken tender strips so you don’t have to gauge anything.
Heat the Tortillas Right Before Serving
Absolutely do not heat the tortillas until you’re ready to create and serve the sandwiches. If you’ve ever heated up tortillas before you know that they’re soft, warm, and delicious until they cool off. Then they’re just hard.
Serving Buffalo Ranch Chicken Wraps
These wraps are complete meals, so if you’re making them for lunch or dinner, you don’t need to serve them with anything. Just enjoy all that delicious flavor.
Storing the Wraps
You really shouldn’t ever store these wraps after they’ve been made. You’ll end up with soggy chicken and tortillas that are dry on the outside and sticky on the inside from being wrapped around the Buffalo sauce and ranch dressing. Instead, refrigerate the ingredients for the wraps separately in the fridge. The chicken will keep for about 3 or 4 days. The lettuce will be good for about the same amount of time if stored in a tightly-sealed container.
Try These Buffalo Ranch Chicken Wraps
These Buffalo Ranch chicken wraps are so delicious, you owe it to yourself to give them a try. They have everything we love about Buffalo wings in an easy-to-eat wrap form, and everyone always loves them. Give them a try, and I’m sure you’ll agree.
Ingredients to Make Buffalo Chicken Wraps
- Chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
- Bread crumbs
- Slap Ya Mama seasoning
- Garlic salt
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Vegetable oil
- Flour tortillas
- Buffalo wing sauce
- Bag of mixed lettuce, rinsed
- Buttermilk ranch dressing
(Actual measurements are in the recipe card below.)
How To Make Buffalo Ranch Chicken Wraps
- Preheat oil in a large pan over medium high heat.
- Cut each chicken breast into 3-4 strips.
- Set up your dredging station with three shallow dishes.
- In the first dish, add the flour and in the second, add the buttermilk and egg. Whisk to combine well. In the third dish, add bread crumbs and seasonings, stir to combine.
- Dredge chicken strips first in flour, then the buttermilk mixture, and lastly in the seasoned bread crumbs.
- Place breaded chicken strips into hot oil and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy.
- Remove cooked chicken from oil and place on paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
- In a large bowl, add mixed lettuce and ranch dressing. Toss together to mix well.
- Heat tortillas over medium heat in a pan or directly over flame.
- Place a spoonful of lettuce mixture onto tortilla, followed by 3-4 strips of chicken.
- Drizzle unfolded wraps with buffalo wing sauce and ranch dressing.
- Wrap tightly, tucking in the bottom of tortilla. Enjoy.
Try These Delicious Buffalo Chicken Wraps Today
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- 4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 2 cups bread crumbs
- 2 tsp Slap Ya Mama®
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 cup oil
- 4 large flour tortillas
- 1 cup buffalo wing sauce
- 8 oz bag mixed lettuce
- ⅓ cup buttermilk ranch dressing
Preheat oil in a large pan over medium high heat.
Cut each chicken breast into 3-4 strips.
Set up your dredging station with three shallow dishes. In the first dish, add the flour. In the second, add the buttermilk and egg. Whisk to combine well. In the third dish, add bread crumbs and seasonings , stir to combine.
Dredge chicken strips first in flour, then the buttermilk mixture, and lastly in the seasoned bread crumbs.
Place breaded chicken strips into hot oil and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy.
Remove from oil and place on paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
In a large bowl, add mixed lettuce and ranch dressing. Toss together to mix well.
Heat tortillas over medium heat in a pan or directly over flame.
Place a spoonful of lettuce mixture onto tortilla, followed by 3-4 strips of chicken.
Drizzle unfolded wraps with buffalo wing sauce and ranch dressing.
Wrap tightly, tucking in the bottom of tortilla. Enjoy.
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