Awesome Buffalo Chicken Bites
Family Tested & Approved
boneless chicken breasts, about 1 pound
olive oil, extra virgin
sweet butter, unsalted
hot sauce, i use frank’s, use more if you’re adventurous
cream cheese, softened
cheddar cheese shredded
eggs lightly beaten
parmesan cheese, shredded
salt, kosher variety, to taste
black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
Gather your ingredients.
Season both sides of the chicken breasts with some salt and pepper.
Add the butter and olive oil to a skillet over medium heat.
Chef’s Tip: To incorporate the butter and oil, swirl the pan a few times as the butter melts.
Add the chicken breasts to the skillet.
Cook 4 to 5 minutes and then turn over and cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
Chef’s Tip: I usually lower the heat a bit more, and cover the pan. I want the chicken breasts cooked, but not too browned.
Remove from skillet, and allow to cool.
Using, two forks, shred the chicken, and reserve.
Add the cream cheese, hot sauce, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese to a bowl.
Mix the ingredients until thoroughly combined.
Toss, until all the ingredients are combined.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and then place a wire rack inside.
Place a rack in the middle position, and then preheat the oven to 350f (176c).
Take a heaping tablespoon of the mixture.
Roll into a ball, slightly flatten out, and then place on a piece of parchment paper or a plate.
Repeat for the remaining mixture (makes about 20 chicken bites).
Chef's Note Place in the refrigerator for about an hour.
Chef’s Note: This step helps to firm up the mixture, so they don’t fall apart during the next few steps.
Place the flour, beaten eggs, and panko breadcrumbs into separate plates.
Chef’s Note: Mix the cayenne pepper and Parmesan with the panko for an additional kick.
Dip a chicken bite first into the flour, and coat.
Next roll in the beaten eggs.
Finally, thoroughly coat with the panko breadcrumbs.
Place it on the wire rack on the baking sheet, and then repeat for the remaining chicken bites.
Chef’s Note: These chicken bites are very delicate; especially when they come out of the oven. A good thing to do is to spray the rack with some cooking spray to keep them from sticking.
Place the baking sheet into the oven, and bake for20 to 25 minutes, or until they begin to turn golden brown.
Remove from the oven, and allow to rest for about 10 minutes before removing from the rack.
Serve with your favorite sauce. Enjoy.
Keep the faith, and keep cooking.