Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball recipe

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball recipe

Can we chat for a moment about cheese balls and how they are sorta one of my favorite foods? Lucky for me National Cheese Ball Day is right around the corner, on April 17.

Whoever had the idea to roll cheese into a ball and serve it as a snack was sort of brilliant. In fact, I think I’ll be divorcing my husband and marrying that person instead. We’d be a match made in heaven. Sorry, husband. It was fun while it lasted. Please be sure to empty out your side of the dresser. I’ll need extra cheese storage.

Wait, what? Did we get off topic?

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball recipe

Cheese. Let’s talk about accessible premium quality cheese. Cracker Barrel, duh. It’s award winning cheese that you can find in any supermarket!

Did you know that Cracker Barrel cheese still uses its same proprietary heirloom starter cultures as it did when they were founded in 1954? It was great to start with, so they didn’t change it. I love that. Talk about cheese authenticity.

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball recipe

Cracker Barrel‘s rich, full flavored cheeses have been winning all kinds of awards in cheese competitions around the globe over the past 20 years.

Anyway, back to the cheese ball. When cheese is the main ingredient, you use the best you can, right? I’m stuffing this Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball full of Cracker Barrel‘s Aged Reserve cheddar cheese, the 2012 World Championship Cheese Contest winner. Also, forgive me, but I’ve jumped on the buffalo chicken train and I can’t seem to get off. It’s my favorite flavor combo right now!

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball recipeBuffalo Chicken Cheese Ball recipe

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball recipe

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Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

2 8-ounce packages PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup Ranch seasoning powder
1/2 cup hot sauce
8 ounces Cracker Barrel Marbled Sharp cheese, grated
3/4 cup shredded chicken

Directions:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, ranch seasoning, and hot sauce until well combined.
Mix in the Cracker Barrel Marbled Sharp cheese and chicken until combined.
Tear off a 12 inch piece of plastic wrap and pile the cheese mixture in the center. Bring up the edges of the plastic wrap and shape the cheese mixture into a ball.
Refrigerate for two hours. Remove from the refrigerator, unwrap the plastic wrap, and reshape as needed.
Serve with crackers, celery, and carrots.


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21 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball”

  1. cookingwithcurls April 15, 2013 @ 11:36 am (#
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    Looks amazing Karly! I only wish I could eat dairy so I could try it:( Have a great day!

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  2. Becky @lovetobeinthekitchen April 15, 2013 @ 11:40 am (#
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    This looks amazing! I love cheese and buffalo wings so this is a match made in heaven!

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  3. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes April 15, 2013 @ 11:59 am (#
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    This is such a great idea! I love buffalo chicken dishes, too :)

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  4. Ashley April 15, 2013 @ 1:13 pm (#
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    There’s a National Cheese Ball Day? Of course there is. :) I love me a good cheese ball and sharp cheese, and I think this buffalo chicken one sounds (and looks) so good!

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  5. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 15, 2013 @ 1:24 pm (#
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    There’s really a national cheese ball day? lol What will they think of next?

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  6. Cassie | Bake Your Day April 15, 2013 @ 2:27 pm (#
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    I love it, Karly! I had no idea about national cheese ball day. Dang it!

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  7. Joanne April 15, 2013 @ 7:16 pm (#
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    Anything that involves a hunk of cheese that big has to be a good thing! And I love that you added some buffalo spice to it!

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  8. Tieghan April 15, 2013 @ 8:59 pm (#
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    Buffalo anything and I am sold!

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  9. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie April 16, 2013 @ 7:58 am (#
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    Yum, yum! This looks awesome :) I just tried buffalo chicken dip for the first time a couple months ago and I was all like, “where have you been all of my life!?” :)

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  10. Erika @Southern Souffle April 16, 2013 @ 9:32 am (#
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    This looks yum!!

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  11. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction April 16, 2013 @ 10:35 am (#
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    My husband loves all things buffalo! He’ll be a happy man when this cheese ball makes an appearance at our house!

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  12. Robyn | Add a Pinch April 16, 2013 @ 7:29 pm (#
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    I’m craving this cheese ball like nobody’s business! YUM! I bet the Aged Reserve is perfect in this!

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  13. Cheeseballs are always a hit, and so is anything buffalo – way to go with this one!

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  14. sally @ sallys baking addiction April 17, 2013 @ 6:39 pm (#
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    WHAT!!!! pinch me, I’m dreaming!! Karly, I need this right now. On a huge plate and I will not share. I’m seriously. Whoa. amazing. Freaking out. Pinning.

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  15. Wendy April 18, 2013 @ 10:12 am (#
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    Cheese balls look so impressive as an appetizer! The combo of flavors here is mouth watering. I love cheese with veggies and rarely think of making a cheese ball for just the fun of eating it. I need to do something about that!

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  16. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life April 19, 2013 @ 4:56 pm (#
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    We are on the same buffalo chicken train…and I never want to get off! This is such a fun cheese ball flavor. I am totally craving one right now!!!

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  17. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen April 24, 2013 @ 9:03 am (#
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    Cheeseball for the win. That is all.

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  18. Burl Hadden April 26, 2013 @ 11:33 am (#
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  19. Desiree @ Th e36th Avenue April 29, 2013 @ 9:50 pm (#
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    Looks yummy!
    I am pinning :)

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  20. Lindz May 20, 2013 @ 7:40 pm (#
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    Omg looks so good!

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  21. lynnb April 18, 2014 @ 5:20 pm (#
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    I just made this today for easter. I didn’t have any dry ranch dressing so I used ranch dressing. I also put in some chopped celery(1 stalk) a small can of chopped jalapeno and used a can of chopped chicken breast. Because I used ranch dressing, it would not form a ball, so I used it as a dip for crackers. Turned out fantastic, also I put in more hot sauce, because we like it a little more hotter, will definitely do it again, maybe with the dry ranch dressing :)

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