Buffalo Chicken Bites

Guess what?  Another snack.  It’s only right with the NCAA basketball  tournament set to go.  You’re going to need something really good for the remainder of the month – right up to the time that the Kansas Jayhawks win the whole shebang.  I know those words are likely to cause a debate.  Bring it on!

Seriously, these are seriously good.  Word to the wise, they are very rich, even if you substitute reduced fat cream cheese and cheddar (which I did).  It’s difficult for me to admit that something might be too rich.  Anyway, I made the mistake of making these a little larger than I should.  My eyes are always bigger than my stomach, although some might suggest that that statement is yet another debate.

For the next several weeks, I’ll make them smaller.  That way I can eat more of them?

Buffalo Chicken Bites

Yield:  24 bites

1 ½ cups chopped cooked chicken breast

¼ cup hot sauce (I use Frank’s and I use more)

2 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 cup extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

¼ cup green onions, finely chopped

¼ cup celery, finely chopped

½ cup flour

freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

1 teaspoon paprika

2 eggs, beaten lightly

2 cups corn flakes cereal, crushed

Preheat oven to 350°.  Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.  In a medium bowl, combine chicken, cream cheese, hot sauce, cheddar cheese, green onions, and celery.

Knife set

Cuisinart C77WTR-15P Classic Forged Triple Rivet, 15 Piece Set, White

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Roll mixture into 1 – inch balls and place onto a plate.

Put flour into a shallow dish.  Add the pepper and paprika and mix to combine.

Put lightly beaten eggs into another shallow bowl.  In yet another shallow dish, add the crushed corn flakes cereal.  You’re going to start breading the bites.

Dip each chicken ball into the flour mixture.  Then dip the ball into the egg and finally roll each ball in the crushed corn flakes.  Place each ball on the prepared sheet pan, about an inch apart.  Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until golden.  Serve immediately with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.

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