These air fryer buffalo chicken egg rolls are the perfect party appetizer. They're creamy, crunchy, spicy, and full of the classic buffalo chicken flavor you know and love. We serve them with a homemade cilantro lime ranch that's so so good.
Looking for the perfect party finger food? Look no further. These buffalo chicken egg rolls are made in the air fryer in about 10 minutes, and they're perfectly crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside every time.
While they're cooking, we make a super quick cilantro lime ranch dipping sauce. It's fast, easy, and full of great, fresh flavors. It seriously makes these buffalo egg rolls so so good.
Key Ingredients and Substitutions
For the egg rolls:
- Egg roll wrappers: We found our egg roll wrappers at our normal grocery store, but I've seen them at Walmart and other stores as well. They're usually in the refrigerated section near the produce.
- Cream cheese
- Cooked shredded chicken: We actually just use canned chicken most of the time. It's fast, easy, and relatively inexpensive. You can also use rotisserie chicken or cook your own chicken and shred it.
- Green onions
- Sharp cheddar cheese: You can buy pre-shredded cheese or buy a block and shred it yourself. Shredding it yourself will always lead to more creamy, melty cheese, but do whatever works for you.
- Frank's RedHot Sauce: We love Frank's for all things buffalo flavored, but if you have a favorite buffalo hot sauce, feel free to use that.
- Taco seasoning: We love Siete Spicy Taco Seasoning or Mateo's Southwest Ranch Taco Seasoning, but use whatever is your favorite.
For the optional cilantro lime ranch:
- Greek yogurt or sour cream: We usually use whole milk greek yogurt because we always have it on hand, but sour cream works just as well.
- Lime juice: We use fresh lime juice, but if you have bottled, that works too.
- Worcestershire sauce
- Other ingredients: garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper
See recipe card for amounts.
How to Make Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls: Step-by-Step
Step 1: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F.
Step 2: Add cream cheese, chicken, green onions, taco seasoning, cilantro, Frank's sauce, and cheddar cheese to a large mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer at medium speed (or a wooden spoon) to mix until well combined.
Step 3: Place an egg roll wrapper on the counter with one of the corners pointing toward you. Add about 2 tablespoons of the chicken mixture to the half of the wrapper closest to you.
Step 4: Fold the bottom corner up and tightly over the filling. Then fold in the left and right corners. Fill a small bowl with water, dip your finger in the bowl, and wet the edges of the top corner of the wrapper. Then roll the bottom of the egg roll up until the egg roll is sealed.
Step 5: Place the egg rolls into your air fryer basket with space in between them. Our air fryer basket fits about 6 at a time, so we do 3-4 batches. Spray the tops of the egg rolls with cooking spray (we use avocado oil spray), then air fry for 6 minutes, or until golden brown.
Step 6: Flip your egg rolls, spray with more cooking spray, then cook for another 4 minutes, or until golden brown.
Step 7: While your egg rolls are cooking, make the optional cilantro lime ranch. Add mayonnaise, greek yogurt or sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper to a bowl and mix until well combined.
Step 8: Serve the egg rolls with the cilantro lime ranch and enjoy!
If you're having trouble, check out our expert tips:
- Put an air fryer liner in your air fryer basket to avoid extra mess.
- Fold your egg roll wrapper as tightly as you can, and make sure you seal the top well with water. Otherwise, the filling will ooze out in the air fryer.
- Shred your chicken small so that the filling isn't bulky. The smoother the filling, the better it'll fold into the egg roll.
Frequently asked questions
Store these egg rolls in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 350°F for 2-3 minutes, or until warm on the inside.
These egg rolls have buffalo hot sauce in them, so they're a little bit spicy, but nothing crazy. The cilantro ranch tames them quite a bit, so if you find that they're too spicy, dunk them in a bit of that.
If your egg rolls are opening up in the air fryer, then you're probably not wrapping them tight enough or sealing them well enough. Make sure you wrap the egg roll tightly around the filling and seal the top with water.