By Cassie Johnston
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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Where do you get buffalo wing sauce? I’ve never seen it, is it near the BBQ sauces?
I’m totally making this! I love super spicy buffalo wings and Doug loves blue cheese, so I’m pretty sure this pairing was made for our marriage. :)
Yup, with the BBQ sauces. Some brands call it buffalo sauce, some just call it wing sauce.
Oh, and regarding the “man food” thing (in case it wasn’t evident by my love for buffalo wings), I love that you wrote this. Sometimes when we go out to eat, Doug will order a salad or a chicken sandwich and I’ll order a burger or nachos or something, and the person who brings our food almost always puts the salad in front of me, and the burger in front of Doug!
That is so frustrating! I also get upset when they sit the check in front of Babyface automatically. Grrr.
This annoys me too. SO MUCH.
WOW, these look incredible! I can’t wait to try them! My favorite buffalo sauce is Franks, but it is much spicier than a baby lamb could handle!
And beer soaked fries? Details please!
I make a really similar dressing to this with feta cheese instead of blue that is very good! Love using yogurt as the base.
Yeah, the beer soaked fries are a GENIUS idea that I can take absolute no credit for. Here: http://edibleperspective.com/2011/07/beer-soaked-fries-really/
My inner sociology nerd is coming out! We discussed these very concepts in my gender class in college. There is nothing inherently “man” about hamburgers or “woman” about salad. It’s all in the label we assign to it. If we start breaking the mold, slowly, slowly the labels will change. Nerdiness aside, this meal looks fabulous! I wonder if I can vegetarian-ize it? I might try it with some tempeh. I’m a sucker for all things buffalo sauce. Bring on the heat! ;)
That is so cool! Although I’ve often wondering if the labels is derived from actual nutrition needs. Men out doing manual labor, need more protein and fat (meaty stuff!) to recover. Obviously that is all out the window nowadays.
You’re making me say “omg” a lot recently. Before I cared/realized what’s in my food or where it came from I used to love to go out for spicy boneless buffalo wings. I NEVER EVER EVER understood girls who eat salads for dinner when they go out then sneak a few bites of “man food” from their boyfriend/husband. The guys hate that as well! Also, I recently made my own ranch dressing which was super easy. I’m going to post a recipe soon!
I didn’t bring a lunch today, so if you wanted to Pony Express a batch of these this way, my quasi-vegetarian fannie will make a meat exception :) They look DELISH.
I think there is “girl food” and “boy food.” I always think of steak as masculine…
Finally commenting because this is on our dinner menu this week :) I’m going to use Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo sauce. My roomie made some home-made garlic croutons which I plan to crush up instead of buying panko bread crumbs. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Do you think this would also work using ground turkey? It seems like the cooking time/temp would be sufficient enough, at least for the smaller bites.
Hmm, I’m not sure. I think the texture of the chopped up chicken is pretty important. If anything, I would pre-brown the turkey and then try mixing it with the other ingredients. Or use turkey meat from a roasted bird! :)
Thanks. Yeah, wasn’t sure about how the texture would work either. Just trying to think of something to use for the ground turkey I have in the freezer!
So I just had to tell you – I made these for dinner tonight – delicious! My husband was a little skeptical when I told him we’d be having “baked buffalo balls” (because I was an idiot and didn’t call them “bites”) but he really liked them – me too! I’m super glad I made enough to have leftovers later in the week.
HAHA! I actually wrote that as the post title at first and then changed my mind. :P I’m glad you liked ’em!
These look absolutely wonderful. I just made some Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, that were so good – I am gonna have to try these bites real soon.
Your blog rocks! I am a new follower and look forward to more recipes/ :)
One of our favorite football party appetizers! Glad you loved them, too! :)
Thanks for the inspiration! They are fabulous. :D
Such a girl. Whhaaaa. It’s too spicy for me. Tighten that bra, and balls up sister.
Hahah, I’m a spice wimp, too. :)
Maybe I’m blind. Do you mix the chicken raw or bake it before THEN make into balls?
I’m a ding dong. I see “cooked” now ;)
Have you ever frozen them? I am always looking for stuff to have on hand so I am wondering if I made them would you bake them first then freeze or flash-freeze them uncooked and bag them and bake them straight from the freezer…
No, I haven’t, but I don’t see why you couldn’t. I would flash-freeze them uncooked, and then bake them from the freezer.
in the picture i see red onions in the bowl but you dont call for it in the recipe?
ooops,i just realized that’s the bowl for the dip!
Can you make these ahead of time, like 24 hours?
I just made these tonight and they were very yummy. We put the meat balls on rolls and made sandwiches out of them. I am definitely making this again. I have to admit, I was leery of the cilantro in the dip. I love cilantro in Tex mex foods but it just didn’t seem to go with buffalo chicken to me. Oh how I was wrong! I love the dip! Thank you for the great recipe!
Made these as instructed for hubby’s birthday. He LOVES anything “Buffalo” and “Blue Cheese”. Thanks for the recipe!
Great recipe, excited to try it this weekend for the game! To clarify: the chicken should be pre-cooked before baking them?
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!
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!
And egg definitely couldn’t hurt!
These were awesome, but mine didn’t stay together well. Any ideas?
Do you know if these will freeze well?
These are awful.
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