Buffalo Chicken Bites

Buffalo Chicken Bites. Baked breast pieces dipped in a classic cayenne pepper sauce.

I love these. My boys love these. It’s funny that we enjoy these as much as we do, because two of us don’t tolerate heat very well. We have a solution for that though… ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping, and a tall glass of milk to wash it down. What I don’t love about classic chicken wings are the skin, fat, bones, frying, and sauces full of artificial ingredients. I’m so glad I tried these. For this recipe, I simply combined a classic and easy method for oven baked chicken breast pieces, and coated them in a quick mix of cayenne pepper sauce and melted butter (margarine may work just as well). I feel so much better eating these, and feeding them to my family.  These can be made gluten free as well. I tried both a corn flake coating and a panko bread crumb version, and they were equally delicious, you could hardly tell the difference between the two. I make a large batch of these and freeze some, because the boys ask for them all the time.

 Arrange chicken pieces (that have been dredged in buttermilk, and panko/corn flake coating) on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil and sprayed with non-stick spray.
Bake at 475° for 12 minutes on the first side.↓

buffalo bites 3Flip over and bake for 12 more minutes.↓
Remove from oven and turn oven down to 400°.

buffalo bites 4Dip each breast piece into cayenne pepper sauce / butter mixture.↓
Place back on cookie sheet.

buffalo bites 5Return to 400° oven and bake for about 8 more minutes.↓

buffalo bites 6Remove from oven and serve with veggie sticks and
ranch or blue cheese dressing, if desired.↓

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Buffalo Chicken Bites
A healthy version of Buffalo wings. Baked breast pieces dipped in a classic cayenne pepper sauce. Gluten free options.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 chicken breasts, cut into approx. 2" to 3" chunks
  2. 1/2 - 1 cup buttermilk
  3. 2 cups panko bread crumbs *(gluten free, see below)↓
  4. 3 Tbsp. flour, or rice flour for gluten free
  5. 1 tsp. seasoned salt (such as Lawry's)
  6. pepper to taste
  7. 1 cup cayenne pepper sauce (I use Frank's Red Hot original)
  8. 3/4 cup butter, melted
Directions
  1. Place chicken pieces into a large bowl. Pour buttermilk over chicken to coat. Let sit while you continue.
  2. In a large shallow bowl, or pie tin, combine panko (or crushed corn flakes), flour (rice or wheat), seasoned salt, and pepper. Mix to combine.
  3. Set oven to 475° F.
  4. One at a time, remove a chicken piece from the buttermilk, let drain a second, then place in bread crumb mixture. Coat both sides, press gently to adhere, and give a gentle shake so excess crumbs fall off. Place coated chicken pieces on a cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment, and sprayed with non-stick spray. Don't overcrowd. Spray pieces with a quick spritz of non-stick spray.
  5. Bake in a 475° oven for 12 minutes. Remove, flip each piece over, spray once again with non-stick spray, and return to oven for 12 more minutes. Turn oven down to 400°.
  6. In a medium bowl, combine melted butter and cayenne pepper sauce. One at a time, using a spoon, tongs, or your fingers, dip each chicken piece into the sauce. Let the excess sauce drip of, and place on cookie sheet. Place back into 400° oven for about 8 minutes or until heated through.
  7. Serve with dip of choice (I like ranch or blue cheese dressing), and vegetable sticks (celery, carrots, etc.)
*Notes
  1. To make this gluten free, use about 3 cups corn flakes cereal (check for gluten free on label). Pour cereal into a large zip-lock bag, and with a rolling pin or heavy pan crush until you get a coarse flour/crumb mixture. This should yield approximately 2 cups after crushing.
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