Mini Crispy Garlic Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Crispy pan fried mini tacos are such a fun handheld appetizer, and who doesn’t love a miniature version of their favorite food? These garlic buffalo chicken tacos are perfect for feeding a crowd or an easy weeknight dinner for the family. 

buffalo chicken tacos

Filled with a garlic buffalo lime chicken filling, these mini tacos are loaded with flavor from the green onions and cilantro to the fresh garlic, melted butter and buffalo sauce. 

Between their mini handheld size, perfect crispiness, melty cheese and addictive flavor, these buffalo chicken tacos are sure to be a hit on your dinner table. 

buffalo chicken tacos

Why You’ll Love Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Handheld – don’t you just love a food you can grab and enjoy as you mingle? Handheld tacos are a really great party appetizer

Super Easy – it doesn’t get much easier than using rotisserie chicken and pre-shredded cheese. This is a low effort recipe with tons of flavor. 

Perfect Game Day Food – easy to eat, as good at room temp as they are hot, and wildly loved by everyone. 

Miniature Size  – all foods are better mini, that’s an undisputed fact! These buffalo tacos are no exception. 

Crispy Texture – crunchy and crispy in every bite, these texture and flavor of these mini tacos is out of this world. 

buffalo chicken tacos

Key Ingredients

These mini garlic buffalo chicken tacos are so easy to make and just take straight forward simple ingredients 

Taco shells – select a mini soft taco shell, like the Mission brand Street Taco shells. Of course you can make these tacos full sized with regular soft taco shells.

Shredded chicken – a rotisserie chicken is easiest here. Shredded chicken works best for these mini tacos. 

Cheese – shredded Mexican blend cheese melts into the taco, sealing them closed and adding the perfect cheese pull. 

Lime – fresh squeezed lime juice compliments these garlic buffalo tacos so well.

Buffalo Sauce – the buffalo sauce is such a fun ingredient to use in tacos. The vinegary tang with a kick of heat is so delicious in tacos. Use your favorite brand.

Fajita seasoning – I used store-bought for this but you can opt for homemade. I used Old El Paso brand. 

Butter – just a few tablespoons to compliment the buffalo sauce and garlic.

Herbs – fresh garlic, cilantro and green onions are used. 

buffalo chicken tacos

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Step 1: In a large bowl, combine butter and garlic. Heat for 20 seconds or until butter is melted. Add in remaining filling ingredients: buffalo sauce, fajita seasoning, lime juice, cilantro, green onions and red pepper flakes.

buffalo chicken tacos

Step 2: Mix the filling ingredients well, taste as adjust if needed to your liking. Add in the shredded chicken, tossing to coat on all sides so the chicken is coated. 

Step 3: To each shell, add in a few pinches of cheese, about 2-3 tablespoons of filling, top that with a little more cheese, folding the taco to close.

buffalo chicken tacos

buffalo chicken tacos

buffalo chicken tacos

buffalo chicken tacos

Step 4: Heat a large skillet over medium-low and add oil. Add tacos into the pan and cook about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

buffalo chicken tacos

buffalo chicken tacos

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I hope you enjoy these mini garlic buffalo chicken tacos as much as we do! Please be sure to tag me @BadBatchBaking using hashtag #badbatchbaking if you made this recipe and I will feature you on my story! Plus, I LOVE to see your cooking and baking accomplishments!

Mini Garlic Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Crispy pan fried mini tacos are such a fun handheld appetizer, and who doesn't love a miniature version of their favorite food? These garlic buffalo chicken tacos are perfect for feeding a crowd or an easy weeknight dinner for the family. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Football Food, Game Day, Tacos
Servings: 12 mini tacos
Author: Mallory Austin

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 12 mini flour taco shells like Mission Street Taco Shells
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 tablespoons oil for frying tacos

Filling Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fajita seasoning
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 3 green onions, sliced (green and white parts)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • serve with guacamole, salsa or ranch dressing

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine butter and garlic. Heat for 20 seconds or until butter is melted. Add in remaining filling ingredients: buffalo sauce, fajita seasoning, lime juice, cilantro, green onions and red pepper flakes.
  • Mix the filling ingredients well, taste as adjust if needed to your liking. Add in the shredded chicken, tossing to coat on all sides so the chicken is coated.
  • To each shell, add in a few pinches of cheese, about 2-3 tablespoons of filling, top that with a little more cheese, folding the taco to close.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-low and add oil. Add tacos into the pan and cook about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
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