Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Baked Potatoes are creamy ranch twice baked potatoes topped with a buffalo chicken stuffing and a sprinkling of ooey colby jack cheese. These filling stuffed baked potatoes with chicken are an entire meal in one recipe!
optional toppings:ranch dressing, cilantro, sliced green onions, blue cheese crumbles
Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Prick the potatoes all over with a fork and rub oil over the skins. Place the potatoes on the oven rack and bake for 50-70 minutes, turning every 20 minutes.
Cool slightly and slice off the top part of the potato, enough to scrape out almost the entire potato. Use a spoon to scrape out the insides, leaving some of the flesh still on the skins. Transfer the potato filling to a large bowl.
To the potatoes add 1 ½ tablespoons ranch dressing mix, butter, 4 ounces softened and cubed cream cheese, ¾ cup cheese, milk, garlic powder, and salt. Use a hand mixer to beat on medium speed just till combined.
Transfer the potato skins to a foil-lined baking sheet. Divide the ranch potato stuffing between the skins. Return the potatoes to the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until hot throughout.
While the potatoes are baking, prepare the buffalo chicken topping. First mix together the remaining cream cheese, remaining ranch packet, and hot sauce until smooth. Stir in the cooked chicken and celery.
Top the twice baked potatoes with the buffalo chicken. Sprinkle on the remaining cheese and return to the oven for 15 additional minutes, or until the buffalo chicken filling is hot and the cheese is melted. Serve with optional toppings.
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what kind of cooked chicken can I use?
You will need about 3 cups cooked shredded or chopped chicken. This equivalates to about 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Pulled chicken (boiled or cooked in the instant pot, then shredded)
Baked, chopped chicken
Can I turn these into buffalo chicken potato skins?
Yes. Follow the potato skin preparation outlined in how to make potato skins. Reserve the insides for a later use, like mashed potatoes.Make the buffalo chicken stuffing, fill the prepared potato skins, top with cheese, and bake until the filling is warmed and cheese is melted.Serve with ranch dressing and celery sticks.