Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks are a low-carb favorite for Super Bowl and game day parties! Celery sticks are loaded up with spicy chicken that’s coated in a homemade buffalo wing sauce and then drizzled with ranch dressing. These cute bite-sized appetizers are so quick and easy to prep ahead and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve!

Celery sticks are loaded up with buffalo chicken dip and drizzled with ranch dressing and green onions.

Best Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks

I have to admit, even I’ve been one to turn up my nose at the celery sticks on a plateful of Buffalo Chicken Wings or Buffalo Cauliflower Bites.

Aren’t they just there for… color?!

But a few years ago I had the idea to turn that once-thought “garnish” into a vessel of spicy buffalo chicken goodness.

And y’all… these Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks disappeared before my eyes!!

The crunch and mild coolness of the celery paired with the spicy heat of the buffalo sauce-coated chicken was a match made in heaven!

Now there’s not a single Super Bowl that goes by that I don’t make an enormous platter of these! They’re great for those on a low-carb diet or for the few still sticking to their New Year’s resolutions.

If you want even more easy game day appetizer ideas, check out these Healthy Super Bowl Recipes next!

Buffalo sauce, chicken, cream cheese, seasonings, and celery are the main ingredients for this dish.

Ingredients

  • Hot sauce. Grab a bottle of Frank’s Hot Sauce, or another buffalo variety at the grocery store. Or, whip up your own Buffalo Wing Sauce.
  • Honey. You only need a little to balance out the spice of the sauce. Get some local honey if possible. You can also substitute with regular sugar or leave it out completely if on a low-carb or keto diet.
  • Cream cheese. Full-fat cream cheese is best. Feel free to grab a dairy-free variety if needed.
  • Chicken. A rotisserie chicken is quick and easy. You can make your own Instant Pot Shredded Chicken with chicken breasts or use leftover chicken, as well.
  • Celery. One bunch of celery stalks is cut into short strips to hold the delicious chicken filling.
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How to Make Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks

Please see the recipe card below for ingredient amounts and more detailed instructions.

1. Make the Sauce

Combine the hot sauce, butter, honey, garlic, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring it to a boil over medium heat.

Turn off the heat, then carefully whisk in the cream cheeseIt’s ok if a few chunks remain, they’ll mix into the chicken.

The buffalo sauce is made in a saucepan.

2. Sauce the Chicken

Place the cooked chicken in a large bowl, then pour the sauce on top. Use a wooden spoon to toss until the chicken is completely coated.

The buffalo sauce is poured over the shredded chicken.

3. Fill and Serve

After slicing the crunchy celery sticks into 2- to 3-inch long pieces, it’s time to fill them! Use a spoon to add some of the buffalo chicken mixture to each of the celery boats. Be careful not to overfill them.

Sprinkle some chopped green onions and add a drizzle of ranch dressing. Alternatively, serve the ranch on the side.

You can also serve this as a dip with sliced celery on the side.

Enjoy these buffalo chicken sticks warm or chilled, whichever you prefer.

A hand holds a piece of celery filled with buffalo chicken dip.

FAQs

What kind of hot sauce should I use? 

After doing a bit of research I found that people often use Frank’s Hot Sauce when they make buffalo chicken.  Since I was a novice to this whole buffalo chicken thing, I went with what the majority suggested.

Why do people eat celery with buffalo chicken? 

Celery provides the perfect crisp and cool balance to spicy, saucy buffalo chicken. You can get the best of both worlds with these buffalo chicken celery sticks!

Recipe Tips

  • Same size. Try your best to cut the celery sticks into similar lengths.
  • Make it work. You can buy a bottle of hot sauce or easily make your own.
  • You choose. This appetizer can be served either warm or cold.
  • Top ’em off. Don’t forget the chopped green onions and the ranch dressing.
Celery sticks are loaded up with buffalo chicken dip and drizzled with ranch dressing and green onions.

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Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks

Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks are a low-carb favorite for Super Bowl and game day parties! Celery sticks are loaded up with spicy chicken that's coated in buffalo sauce and then drizzled with ranch dressing.
Celery sticks are loaded up with buffalo chicken dip and drizzled with ranch dressing and green onions.
Yield 32 celery sticks
Prep 50 minutes
Cook 5 minutes
Total 55 minutes

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup hot sauce such as Frank’s
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. honey or sugar
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • ¼ tsp. salt to taste
  • 4 Tbsp. cream cheese cut into 4-6 pieces
  • 4 cups chicken cooked, shredded
  • 1 bunch celery cut into 2-3 inch long pieces
  • Ranch optional
  • Green onions optional

Instructions 

  • Make the Sauce: In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat combine hot sauce, butter, honey, garlic and salt. Bring ingredients to a boil while whisking constantly. Once sauce is boiling, turn off the heat and add cream cheese. Whisk until combined. (It’s ok if some small clumps remain.)
    ½ cup hot sauce such as Frank’s, 6 Tbsp. butter, 1 Tbsp. honey, 1 clove garlic, ¼ tsp. salt, 4 Tbsp. cream cheese
  • Sauce the Chicken: Pour sauce over shredded chicken in a large bowl and toss until chicken is coated.
    4 cups chicken
  • Fill and Serve: Fill each celery stick with 1-2 tablespoons of buffalo chicken. Top sticks with green onions and drizzle each with ranch dressing or serve on the side for dipping. Serve them immediately, while the chicken is still warm, or serve them chilled. If serving these chilled, wait until 1-2 hours before serving to assemble so the celery does not get soggy.
    1 bunch celery cut into 2-3 inch long pieces, Ranch, Green onions

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Notes

*Nutrition information is calculated without any ranch dressing on top.**
Prep-Ahead Instructions:
Make the filling and keep it in an airtight container. You can also slice the celery and store it in a Ziploc bag.
Storage Directions:
These are best stored with the filling separate from the celery. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 to 4 days.
Recipe Tips
  • Same size. Try your best to cut the celery sticks into similar lengths.
  • Make it work. You can buy a bottle of hot sauce or easily make your own.
  • You choose. This appetizer can be served either warm or cold.
  • Top ’em off. Don’t forget the chopped green onions and the ranch dressing.

Nutrition

Calories: 49kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 60mg, Potassium: 73mg, Fiber: 0.003g, Sugar: 0.5g, Vitamin A: 100IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe many times! The first time was because numerous people at the get together were doing keto, including myself, and this recipe checked that box. Huge hit…..not a morsel left! I usually double the recipe as well as the cream cheese. I’ve made this using a rotisserie chicken to cut down on the time. Have also made it with canned chicken. We love the hot Buffalo Chicken Dip but this is a different twist on that. And since it’s summer having a cool snack that’s filled with lots of protein is always good! 😉

    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe! I’m so happy you found a way to make a big batch to serve your family. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!