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How do you guys feel about hot dogs?

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Personally, my family is not all that into them.

See, I love idea of hots dogs. Grilling them over fire and all the endless toppings. I mean these loaded cheddar hots dogs and these CajunAndouille hot dogs are pretty awesome.

It’s the dog part we don’t really like. Healthy Loaded Cheddar + Blue Cheese Buffalo Chicken Dogs | halfbakedharvest.com/Sure they taste good going down, but my dad and I don’t normally feel all that good afterwards.

To be honest, I can not even remember the last time we ate one. I think it had to have been when I was younger and my family would go to our cabin in New york and cook them over the fire outside with our cousins. Those were the best times. If Maggie, Abby or Little Matt are reading, they know what I am talking about.

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Hot dogs, s’mores and dirt bikes up at the cabin all weekend long.

My favorite people and the best memories!

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I have to say though, these Cajun Andouille dogs would probably be so darn awesome. Andouille sausage is like one of my all time favorite flavors. I am actually stewing a HUGE pot of gumbo on the stove right now chock-full of andouille sausage for the entire clan – yes, all 26 of us! The house smells awesome.

Plus, sausage dogs are so different than the Ball Park franks I am used too.

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I was not planning on posting these guys today, but I thought I would give you some time before the Fourth to gather your ingredients.

Because I mean really, real buffalo chicken dogs need to be on your Fourth of July menu.

They are easy, delicious and actually a healthy hot dog.

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Score!

Healthy Loaded Cheddar + Blue Cheese Buffalo Chicken Dogs | halfbakedharvest.com/

Plus, they can go right on the grill with all your burgers, caprese nachos and grilled fruit and brie pizza crisps.

I am not going to lie, this hot dog is basically just like eating a buffalo chicken burger, but in hot dog form. But hey, it makes it fun and I swear I think they taste better! I mean honestyly, they are so good!

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The buffalo sauce, the cheddar cheese, the blue cheese, the spicy avocado ranch.

It’s all good.

Healthy Loaded Cheddar + Blue Cheese Buffalo Chicken Dogs | halfbakedharvest.com/

My poor dad who never got to eat these, was looking at the photos and was like, “dang Tieg, you know I don’t like hot dogs, but those looks so good.”

He really loves buffalo sauce though. Remember?

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This is my idea of an awesome hot dog.

Healthy Loaded Cheddar + Blue Cheese Buffalo Chicken Dogs | halfbakedharvest.com/

Buffalo Chicken Dogs

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Dogs
Calories Per Serving: 437 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 tablespoon parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup hot sauce use Franks
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large carrots shredded
  • 1 cup lettuce shredded
  • 4 ounces blue cheese crumbled
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 4-6 whole wheat hot dog buns toasted

Spicy Avocado Ranch

Instructions

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Make the buffalo sauce. Combine the melted butter, 1/2 cup hot sauce, seasoned salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the ground chicken, parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs to a bowl. Pour in a 1/4 cup of the buffalo sauce. Mix everything together until just combined, do not over mix. Form the chicken into "dogs" the size of your buns. I was able to make 6 dogs about 5 inches long.
  • Grill for about 6 minutes and then rotate and grill another 6 to 10 or until the chicken dogs are cooked through.
  • While the dogs are cooking make the spicy avocado ranch. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until creamy, scraping down the sides occasionally when needed. Taste and season additionally if desired. The avocado ranch can be stored in a seal-tight container for 1-2 days.
  • To assemble the dogs spread a little avocado crema on the toasted bun and sprinkle with blue cheese. Add the chicken dogs and top with equal amounts of shredded cheddar cheese. Place on a baking sheet and broil for 1 minute to 30 seconds. Top each dog with the avocado ranch, shredded, lettuce shredded carrots, blue cheese and the remaining buffalo sauce. Eat!

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Okay, now go make some of your own!

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  2. Sheesh, cooking for 26 people?! I love how ambitious you are!! I’m right there with you about regular hot dogs. I’m not so much of a fan, but oh how my kids love them! I need to try these though! I think I could love these!!

  3. Hot dog week is TOTALLY A THING!!! YESSS!!! And thanks so much for sharing the love Tiegs! XO!! Seriously, can we like hang out and have hot dogs all weekend? Pretty sure that’d rock my world.

    1. Haha, yes!! That would be an awesome thing! Hey I will be in MT.Hood all summer, so it is not all that far from Seattle!

  4. I really, really dislike hotdogs. If I ever have one, it has to be all beef (or turkey) and I will only eat ones that I buy at home (since I am able to check the packaging, unlike if I ate it at a restaurant). These look INSANE. I would go home and make them today if I could. I love buffalo chicken anything and my husband would definitely be up for trying a new take on a hot dog.

    The pictures for these are really amazing as well, yum!

  5. It’s like a “grown up” hotdog! What a great idea. 🙂 Looks so good at 9:30 in the morning. Hehe.

  6. I am a serious hot dog lover. Can’t get enough of them!! But I do love this version, and can see how both hot dog lovers and non hot dog lovers would love them!

  7. Now THIS is my kinda meal! I never dreamed of adding blue cheese to chicken dogs but now can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Those look insanely delicious! We are kinda on the same page…I just made a Buffalo Chicken Burger that is kind of the same process (different ingredients though). Definitely will have to give these a try, we love buffalo chicken anything!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  9. Growing up I HATED hotdogs! But then I moved to NYC, and it all went downhill from there haha. Now I love em’! And these look beyond amazing!

  10. These look awesome! What a creative idea! I love buffalo style food. The combination of hot sauce and blue cheese is so good. This is perfect for a summer BBQ!

  11. I’ve been seeing so many hot dog recipes lately! These are spectacular, add them to my list of hot dogs we must try…

  12. I can’t even stand how good these look!! I guess I know what I’ll be making with my veggie dogs that are in my freezer!!

  13. I lurrrrve hot dogs. Maybe it’s because I grew up on nothing but McDonald’s Happy Meals, snack cakes and cookies, hot dogs, and corn dogs. Lol, I wish I were joking. These look SO awesome!! I love the spicy twist and the tops with the cheddar and green onion and blue cheese.. I die.

  14. Wow, what a genius idea for making your own chicken hot dogs and smothering them in healthy toppings! These look incredible, Tieghan!

  15. I don’t like hot dogs either, mostly because does anyone actually know what’s in a hot dog? But these I know what is in them, and they look awesome!

  16. Daaang girl, these dogs look awesome! I haven’t had a chicken dog in forever and since the 4th is around the corner, I’m definitely using your tasty hot dog as inspiration for upcoming tasty bbqs!

  17. Oh, yum! I’ve been seeing so many hot dog recipes around the blogosphere lately, I love your new take! Plus, you know, buffalo chicken is a summertime staple! 🙂