This weekend was the official start of college football season. While I'm not the biggest college football fan, I do
love some football tailgating foods. I'll use anything as an excuse to eat appetizers for dinner!
Although my husband and I did not
watch the Buckeyes win this weekend (I know, that's practically sacrilege), we enjoyed eating Buffalo Chicken Bites
, which I'm sure would have made a great football-watchin' snack.
Ever had Buffalo Chicken Dip
? The spicy cheese dip filled with chicken, ranch, and wing sauce that you just can't stop eating? These Buffalo Chicken Bites
are like the dip - but 1000 times better. Chicken, cheese, wing sauce, and green onions are tucked inside a crunchy corn flake coating and baked until crispy. It's almost like the dip enclosed in the chip.
I'm embarrassed to share how many of these my husband and I devoured last night... let's just say there were no leftovers today.
They are a bit time consuming to make (about 20 minutes of prep time), but the best thing is - they can be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen until you are ready to bake! I am thinking of making a double batch and storing them in the freezer for those nights when you just want to pop something easy in the oven for dinner.
Start by combining the chicken, shredded cheddar, cream cheese, hot sauce, and green onions and mixing until smooth.
Roll the mixture into balls, and set on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Next is the coating. This gets messy, so recruit some help if you don't want to get your fingers dirty! Each ball takes a bath in flour, then egg, then the crushed corn flakes.
After coating the balls, place them on the baking sheet, and bake for 20-25 minutes. They will come out crispy & oozing with cheese. Just perfect!
Make these for the next football game... they will definitely be the hit of the party!
Buffalo Chicken Bites
- 3 cups cooked & shredded chicken
- ½ cup hot sauce
- 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup chopped green onion
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs lightly beaten
- 3-4 cups Corn Flakes cereal, crushed
Preheat oven to 350*F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment, or spray with coking spray.
In a large bowl, combine chicken, cream cheese, hot sauce, cheddar cheese, and green onion. Mix until smooth.
Roll about a tablespoon of mixture into 11/2-inch balls; set on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture.
Place flour, eggs, and crushed Corn Flakes in three shallow dishes.
Dip each chicken ball first into the flour, then into the egg, and then into the Corn Flakes, coating thoroughly. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until crispy and golden brown. Serve warm with ranch or blue cheese dressing.
: Sweet Pea's Kitchen