No. 307: Baked Boneless Buffalo Bites

With all this healthy eating on the 21 Day Fix, I have to admit to having more energy and just all around feeling better. It's not easy to skip out on yummy processed foods though, especially the sweet and rich flavors (Jif peanut butter!!) that I'm so used to.

I've also been getting out and about to do some more walking. With views like this in our community, it's hard not to want to do this daily.

Lake view

Here's to only a few more months before I can take the kiddos around the lake in their jogging stroller.

Baked Boneless Buffalo Bites

Despite all my excellent meal planning for my first week of the 21 Day Fix, I was coming up on a pretty empty kitchen by Saturday. (Should have planned on Mr. McC eating more.) After a run to the store I was prepared for some sort dinner, but wasn't quite sure what it should be.

Luckily, one of my challenge buddies posted a link to these baked buffalo bites which sounded delicious. And they are part of the plan! And Mr. McC said that buffalo chicken sounded good! Huzzah!

Ingredients

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or one pound already sliced chicken tenders), cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon butter, melted
3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (one small bottle)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Poultry seasoning, to taste*

*I whipped up my own using this recipe and used about 3/4 of the amount it made.

To make

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

On a plate or in a shallow bowl, crack the egg and whisk. On another plate, add the flour and season with garlic powder, cayenne, and salt. Stir well so seasoning and flour are combined.

Season the chicken pieces well with poultry seasoning, mixing to make sure they are covered evenly. Then, working a few pieces at a time, dip the chicken in the egg to coat. Next, dredge the chicken in the flour and place coated chicken pieces on a baking sheet sprayed with parchment or cooking spray.

Spray the chicken lightly with cooking spray (optional) to ensure it browns when baking. Bake the chicken pieces for 10-15 minutes and then flip and cook the other side for another 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Stir the melted butter and hot sauce together in a bowl. While the chicken is warm, dip the baked pieces in the hot sauce mixture until fully coated.

Dipped in sauce

Serve and enjoy!

The results

I'm shocked by how yummy these turned out. The flour dredge gives the illusion of fried goodness without the oil and calories. The layers of seasoning underneath the hot sauce also make these seem much more complex than they are.

No buffalo wings/bites are complete without celery sticks, so veggies were included in our meal. Thank goodness too, because that much hot sauce was burning my mouth. It hurts so good.

Veggies plate

I even made homemade ranch dressing (Greek yogurt + ranch seasoning packet) to go with our carrot and celery sticks. Not bad!

Try these bites at home! They'd make a great party appetizer. I'm convinced they'd be killer in a sandwich wrap with some blue cheese crumbles as well.

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