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For the busy family, homegating for Thursday night football can be quick and easy, so I am going to show you, as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias, how to create a delicious Buffalo Chicken Calzone for the perfect homegating party.

Here it is Thursday night, and I am ready to watch some football with my family!  However, like most families these days how do you find the time to make something fun, creative and delicious in such a crazy little amount of time?  

So, five o’clock on Thursday my wife picks me up from work (we only have one car) and it is off to get the boy from his afterschool program.  He comes skipping to the car all excited to tell us about his day in kindergarten.  However, at this point all I can think about is what am I going to make for us to eat during Thursday Night Football that is only two hours away!  Then, it hit me like a ton of bricks!  I had recently been to Sam’s Club and bought a 2.5 lb. bag of Tyson Buffalo Tenders.  But what to do with them so they are not just the usual awesomely delicious Chicken Tenders? I want to put a little more fun and adventure into the night!  BOOM!  Buffalo Chicken Calzones!

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Off to the store we go, where I quickly pick up the ingredients I need to make some awesome homegating finger food.  Rushing home, the anticipation of making these is growing as I just love to create in the kitchen while using my family as guinea pigs.

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I get home, pull out the Tyson Buffalo Tenders and just put about eight of them in the microwave for two minutes to thaw them out a little.  The great thing about them is that they are fully cooked making this a much easier and quicker process.  

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While those are going, I cut up my celery, tomatoes, peppers and brie cheese.  I crumble up the bleu cheese (I love bleu cheese especially the extra creaminess that seems to come particularly from danish bleu cheese).  I poured all of this in a bowl and cut up the tenders into bite sized pieces and mixed it in with all the ingredients to finish off the filling.  

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Grabbing a can of premade pizza dough, I cut it into squares, add the filling and fold them over to make the calzones.  Then, I quickly put them into my preheated oven and wait impatiently the twenty five minutes for them to cook.

Finally, they are done and I slide them off the pan and cut them in half to make them easier to eat and put some remaining celery sticks on the plate as a finishing touch with only moments to spare before kickoff.  I am trying to watch the game, but am becoming distracted by my wife and son gobbling down the calzones!  Love it!  What more could a husband and father ask for than, family, food and football on Thursday night?

Be sure and join me at Sam’s Club for a Finger Football Demonstration including the Tyson Buffalo Tenders on October 5, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.  Or you can visit any Sam’s Club across the country that day!  Also check out the cool Finger Football App available for Apple and Android to enhance the awesome experience at the demo! Download the Finger Football App here!

Buffalo Chicken Calzone


  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup red pepper
  • 5oz brie
  • 5oz bleu cheese
  • 8 Tyson Buffalo Chicken Tenders
  • premade pizza dough


Step 1
Thaw chicken tenders in microwave for two minutes.
Step 2
Chop celery, tomatoes, peppers, and brie into small pieces.
Step 3
Crumble bleu cheese.
Step 4
Chop chicken tenders into small pieces and add to the other ingredients.
Step 5
Roll out pizza dough, stuff with mixture, and close in the shape of a calzone.
Step 6
Cook on 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
Step 7

How does your family celebrate football season, with tailgating or homegating?