Monday, September 20, 2010

Buffalo Chicken Bites

I saw this recipe on Friday from Pennies on a Platter blog, and I knew I needed to try them when we were watching football on the weekend.  These were just perfect for football snacking.  They aren't nearly as messy to eat as wings,  and they are baked instead of fried which is a plus. I used the least amount of hot sauce directed, and it was very mild, I will definitely step it up next time.  Also, some of the balls were a little large, next time I might make them a smidgen smaller. Overall, I strongly suggest trying them this football season you won't be disappointed!

Buffalo Chicken Bites
From: Pennies on a Platter

3 cups shredded cooked chicken or I used 1 rotisserie chicken (can be shred in a food processor)
1/4 to 1/2 cup hot sauce (I would do 1/2 cup next time - 1/4 cup is very mild)
4 oz cream cheese, softened (1/2 1 brick)
1 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1 cup all purpose flour
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3-4 cups cornflakes cereal, crushed

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix chicken, cream cheese and hot sauce until combined.  Stir in cheddar cheese and green onions (I forgot to buy green onions, so I just used what I had and still turned out great).

2. In 3 separate bowls, set out the flour, eggs, and cornflakes.  Using a small cookie or ice cream scoop (next time I will use a Mellon baller), spoon out the chicken mixture.  Create a ball and then dip each ball first into the flour, then the egg, and ending with the cornflakes.

3.  Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Serve warm with ranch or blue cheese dressing and celery.

Note:  The balls can be made the night before and refrigerated until use. The balls can also be frozen by placing the dipped and uncooked chicken balls onto the parchment lined baking sheet and flash freeze for 15-20 minutes.  Transfer to a freezer bag and store in freezer.  To bake them, place frozen chicken balls on backing sheet and baked at 350 for 25-30 minutes, no need to thaw first.

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