Buffalo Chicken Pizza – Sugar Spun Run

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Spice up pizza night with a homemade buffalo chicken pizza! Zesty buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, toppings galore, and plenty of stretchy cheese make this one flavorful pie. Recipe includes a how-to video!

Overhead view of a buffalo chicken pizza made with red and green onion, ranch dressing, and diced tomatoes.

Homemade Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Buffalo chicken lovers, this one’s for you! Today’s buffalo chicken pizza recipe is perfect for pizza night. We’ve got protein from the chicken, tons of flavor from the toppings, and of course, plenty of buffalo sauce. Serve it with a side salad and you’ve got a quick and satisfying dinner!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Inspired by buffalo chicken dip, quite possibly the most beloved dip ever. It’s cheesy, zesty, and just SO good.
  • No soggy or doughy crust, thanks to par-baking. We’re adding quite a few toppings here, and the last thing we want is a too-soft base.
  • Pizzeria-style results in your own kitchen! You can even make your own pizzeria appetizers too–try my mozzarella sticks, garlic knots, or jalapeno poppers (and stay tuned for my arancini — coming soon!)!


Surprisingly, buffalo chicken pizza is very simple to make at home. Here’s what my recipe includes.

Overhead view of labelled ingredients including pizza dough, chicken, buffalo sauce, and more.
  • Pizza dough. I made today’s recipe using my pizza dough recipe (it’s the #1 recipe on Google for good reason and has over 4,000 5-star reviews!). However, I also love using my sourdough pizza crust (the flavor is incredible), but even store-bought pizza crust will work.
  • Buffalo & ranch dressing. These take the place of classic pizza sauce. Use your favorite brands, and feel free to adjust the heat level of your buffalo sauce if you like it spicy!
  • Mozzarella cheese. I always like to shred my own cheese for the best gooey cheese pulls, but this is an instance where you can still use pre-shredded cheese with great results. Part-skim mozzarella works well here.
  • Chicken. Diced grilled chicken, shredded rotisserie chicken, or even my crockpot shredded chicken will work. Whatever you use, make sure it’s pre-cooked and ready to go beforehand.
  • Toppings. I like scallions, red onion, and tomatoes. If you want to add jalapeños, cilantro, banana peppers, bacon, etc. feel free! Sometimes I even like to add little cream cheese dollops on mine (about an oz of cream cheese cut into small cubes and scattered under the cheese is amazing) 😋

SAM’S TIP: Make sure you remove the seeds from your tomato, otherwise it will be too watery and make your pizza soggy.

This is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why. For the full recipe please scroll down to the bottom of the post!

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Prepare the dough

I like to par-bake this pizza since the bulk of toppings could make it soggy. If your crust is already par-baked, then you can skip this step.

Collage of two photos showing pizza dough being parbaked.
  1. Roll out your dough, then place on a pizza pan and brush with olive oil.
  2. Bake until light golden brown. I also like to brush the crust with with a bit more olive oil after baking.
Four photos showing a pizza being topped with buffalo sauce, shredded chicken, cheese, onion and tomatoes.
  1. Stir together the buffalo sauce and ranch dressing, then spread about two tablespoons over the dough. It should be a thin, mostly-even layer.
  2. Toss the chicken with the remaining sauce, then scatter this over the pizza.
  3. Add half of the onions and tomatoes, then sprinkle the cheese over everything. Finish with the remaining onions and tomatoes.
  4. Bake until bubbly. I like to add a drizzle of ranch and buffalo overtop and garnish with scallions before serving!

SAM’S TIP: Make sure your oven is nice and hot! This will make for a crisp crust with a chewy interior.

Homemade buffalo chicken on a wood serving platter.

Frequently Asked Questions

What buffalo sauce should I use?

Use whichever brand is your favorite! Some popular favorites include Frank’s, Sweet Baby Rays, Crystal, and Primal Kitchen (we use this most often). Whatever kind you enjoy is what will work best here.

Can I add blue cheese?

Sure! I’m personally not a big fan of blue cheese, so that’s why I don’t include it here. But feel free to add that instead of or in addition to the ranch dressing. Or you can sprinkle the crumbles overtop!

How long does buffalo chicken pizza last?

In my house, not long! 😉 If you have leftover pizza, you can store it in the fridge for up to four days. To reheat, you can use your oven or a skillet on the stove. Or you can just eat it cold instead, if you’re a fan of cold pizza!

Slice being pulled from a pizza made with buffalo chicken.


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Homemade buffalo chicken on a wood serving platter.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Spice up pizza night with a homemade buffalo chicken pizza! Zesty buffalo sauce, ranch, onions, and plenty of stretchy cheese make this one flavorful pie. Recipe includes a how-to video!


Course: Dinner

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Servings: 8 slices

Calories: 280kcal

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  • Preheat oven to 450F (230C).

  • Roll out pizza dough into a 12” (30cm) circle and transfer to a pizza pan. Brush lightly all over with olive oil and parbake on pizza pan in center rack of 450F (230C) oven for 8-9 minutes, or until crust just begins to turn a light golden brown.

    1 homemade pizza dough, Olive oil

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together ranch dressing and buffalo sauce until combined.

    ¼ cup (60 ml) ranch dressing, ¼ cup (60 ml) buffalo sauce

  • Spread a thin, even layer of ranch and buffalo mixture over pizza crust (about 2 Tablespoons).

  • Add the chicken into the bowl with the remaining ranch/buffalo and toss until chicken is coated with the sauce. Scatter chicken evenly over the pizza dough.

    1 ½ cups (200 g) shredded chicken breast

  • Sprinkle approximately half of the onion and tomato over the chicken. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the pizza, then top with remaining onion and tomato.

    ⅓ cup (33 g) thinly sliced red onion, ½ cup (60 g) fresh diced tomato, 1 ½ cups (170 g) shredded mozzarella cheese

  • Bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, until cheese is bubbly.

  • Remove from oven and, if desired, top with additional drizzles of ranch and buffalo and green onion.

    2 Tablespoons ranch dressing, 2 Tablespoons buffalo sauce, 2 Tablespoons sliced green onions

  • Serve warm.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 952mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more.


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