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Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites with Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip

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Baked, HealthyReady in 45 min
Packed full of spicy flavor, these Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites are a healthy way to celebrate game day. Don't forget the blue cheese yogurt dip! It's life-changing.

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Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites

You know what phrase I really, really despise? Man food. Ugh. Just typing makes me want to burn my bra and picket something. I hate the concept that a woman is more feminine if she orders a salad. Or a man is more manly if he orders a hamburger. Commercials like these make me want to leap up and throw my sports-watching, beer-drinking fist through the TV.

Why can’t a hamburger be feminine? Why can’t a salad be masculine? And honestly, why does it even matter? It’s just all silly, really.

So in an effort to break down some food-related gender stereotypes, let’s toss a little bit of “man food” (OH GOD, NOT AGAIN) onto Wholefully. As if my copious bacon use hasn’t been a big enough indicator that I have pretty decently sized hunk of tomboy in me, let’s throw some buffalo sauce on it.

Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites

These little balls of cheesy, spicy, chicken-y goodness just flat-out rock. If you know much about me, you know that I am not a huge fan of spicy foods. On the spice-o-meter my tolerance level falls somewhere between a newborn and a baby lamb.

Because baby lambs like it mild, dontcha know?

Thankfully, these bites are totally spice-level customizable. If you are like me, toss in a 1/4 cup of the baby lamb level buffalo sauce and call it a day. Have the tolerance of a fire-breathing dragon? Buy some suicide sauce and throw in 1/2 cup or more. And then keep those suckers far away from me.

Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites

Let’s talk about the blue cheese yogurt dip. Because really, the whole point of eating something spicy is to balance it out with something cool and refreshing. Enter blue cheese yogurt dip. This stuff is so good that I caught Babyface sticking his finger in the bowl more than once. Even if you don’t take the time to pull together the baked buffalo chicken bites, I highly recommend taking 5 minutes and making this dip. Eat it with celery. Eat it with crackers. Eat it with a spoon. Trust me, you will not be sorry.

Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites

We had these for dinner (served with a side of celery sticks and beer-soaked fries), but these would make an amazing appetizer. For a dinner-sized portion, I rolled them into 12 balls, but you could easily make a few dozen smaller, one-bite balls.

 
Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites with Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip

Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites with Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip

Yield: 12 dinner-sized bites or 30 appetizer-sized
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Packed full of spicy flavor, these Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites are a healthy way to celebrate game day. Don’t forget the blue cheese yogurt dip! It’s life-changing. (Inspired by Pennies on a Platter and Bobby Flay)

Ingredients

For the Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip:

  • 1 cup 2% Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons finely-chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely-diced red onion
  • Salt and pepper

For the Buffalo Chicken Bites:

  • Cooking spray
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken (about two large chicken breasts)
  • 1/4-3/4 cup buffalo wing sauce, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 bunch green onions, white and pale green parts chopped
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix all the dip ingredients together well. Stash in the fridge while you prepare the chicken.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Place a baking rack in the middle of a baking sheet, spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, combine chicken, wing sauce, cheese, green onions, and cream cheese. Pulse until well combined and no large chunks of chicken remain.
  4. Mix panko and a pinch of salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Form chicken mixture into 2-1/2″ balls (for dinner-sized) or 1-1/2″ balls (for appetizer-sized). Roll the chicken balls in the panko and place in a greased cookie sheet.
  5. Before cooking, spray the tops of the balls with cooking spray. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until tops of bites are brown and crunchy. Serve with celery sticks and the dip.

Notes

If the blue cheese yogurt dip is too thick to dip, just add a little water to thin it out.

Straight out of the oven, these tend to fall apart when dipped, wait 5-10 minutes before serving and they'll solidify nicely.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 appetizer servings Serving Size: 3 bites
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 965mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 18g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  1. Kristin

    I just made these tonight and they’re amazing! The only problem with mine is that they sort of fell apart when I took them out of the oven. I want to make them for an appetizer on Christmas, but I’d like them to hold together better. Do you think an egg would help? Or, maybe I could just make smaller balls? Either way, thanks for the recipe!

  2. Kathy

    OMG! I made theses today for our Bengals game party. I did appetizer sized, and there wasn’t a single one left. Everyone loved them. I will definately make them again. Thank you for the recipe!

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