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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Melissa January 26, 2009 at 1:53 am

Umm, how come you never invite me over when you make all this good food? I am extremely upset and jealous :-P And hungry!!

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melissa January 26, 2009 at 8:33 am

I saw that episode yesterday. They look great! I can’t wait to try them.

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Melissa January 26, 2009 at 9:02 am

Ok, now I wish I was having a superbowl party. Maybe I’ll just make these anyway. I think they look great with the regular breadcrumbs! I can see these disappearing quickly.

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elly January 26, 2009 at 10:01 am

Mmm, these look great!

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colleen January 26, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Um, I may need to make these immdiately – YUM!

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Carrie January 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Wow those look good, I was thinking I wanted to make some appetizers for the game, these might be one of them.

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Brooke January 29, 2009 at 7:43 pm

These look incredible!

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Rochelle February 3, 2009 at 9:40 am

These look delicious! I nominated it for a lemonade award! Check it out at http://www.beas-numyummy.blogspot.com!

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Katherine September 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Do you think I can bake these? I don’t fry foods anymore.

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Melissa September 12, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Yes you can! Stephanie over at Macaroni and Cheesecake did just that and they look delicious! I plan to try baking them very soon. Here is the link: http://macaroniandcheesecake.blogspot.com/2010/09/buffalo-chicken-cheese-bites.html :)

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Kelly October 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Do you think that I can prepare these ahead and freeze them, then fry them? I am trying cook them outside at the Tailgate and I don’t want to try and batter them there.

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Melissa October 13, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I think that would probably work, let me know how they turn out if you try it!

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Kelly October 19, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I froze them beforehand and it worked out great! I did have to reduce the oil temp to 325 so that they wouldn’t burn before the middle was hot. But they were all eaten before I had a chance to take off my apron! Thanks for the great recipe!

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