Thursday, February 12, 2015

Buffalo Chicken Bites

Today I wanted to share a simple and healthy buffalo recipe. My favorite part was that it did not require going out and purchasing any additional ingredients. Everything you need for this recipe can (hopefully) be found right in your pantry!! Thanks to baking them on a cookie rack the bites were crispy and I did not miss the fried batter at all! These are perfect for an easy homemade appetizer. I also think they could be a great tossed with a bit of sweet and sour sauce and thrown into stir fry! 

Buffalo Chicken Bites 

1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 large egg
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup buffalo sauce
1/4 cup ranch dressing 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Fit a baking sheet with a wire rack. Spray the rack with cooking spray. 
Place flour in a large bowl and season very generously with salt and pepper. In another bowl, whisk egg  with 1 tablespoon water until well combined. Place the breadcrumbs in a third large bowl, and drizzle with olive oil; toss to coat. Stir cayenne pepper and mix well.

Place chicken pieces in the seasoned flour and toss to coat. Working in small batches of 3-4 pieces, shake off any excess flour from chicken pieces and transfer to egg mixture; stir to combine. Transfer coated chicken pieces to the breadcrumb mixture and toss until chicken is completely coated. Place the pieces on the baking rack evenly apart. Bake until golden brown and chicken is cooked through, 20- 25 minutes.

In a small bowl, pour the buffalo sauce and toss chicken to coat. Serve immediately with ranch dressing for dipping. 

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

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