Buffalo Chicken Cheese Bites

by Melissa on January 25, 2009

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I was planning on making Chicken Wings for my next Snack Food Sunday post, but then I saw this recipe and changed my mind. I knew Nate would love these, as he likes all things buffalo chicken. Using a rotisserie chicken makes this recipe come together in a snap, and the end result was delicious. I thought I had  panko bread crumbs, but I was out, so I made them old school with seasoned bread crumbs (remember when we didn’t know about panko?). I would highly recommend these for your Super Bowl Party! Speaking of Super Bowl, tomorrow I will be posting a round-up of Snack Food Sunday as well as a bunch of other recipes to inspire your party planning!

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Buffalo Chicken Cheese Bites

  • 1 store-bought rotisserie chicken
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce (recommended: Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce)
  • 2 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup freshly sliced scallions, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Have oil heated to 350 degrees F.

Pick the meat from the chicken and discard the skin. Place the chicken in a large bowl and add the hot sauce, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and scallions, and toss to combine. Scoop the chicken mixture onto a plate using a medium cookie scoop and roll into balls.

Place the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in 3 separate bowls. Roll each ball in the flour, then the egg and then the bread crumbs. Set aside.

When the oil is hot fry the chicken balls in batches. Cook for about 2 minutes per batch. Remove the chicken to paper towel lined plate to drain the excess oil.

Blue Cheese Dip

  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup packed blue cheese, broken up
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve with buffalo chicken cheese bites.

Source: Adapted from FoodNetwork.com. Garnish with sliced scallions.

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