Friday, April 9, 2010

Recipe #1 Buffalo Chicken Bites

This recipe came from the website I use it as an online food diary/workout journal, but I also get daily emails with healthy recipes and new workout moves to try.

1/3 c plain bread crumbs - you'll end up using more than this!
8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken, cut into bite-size chunks
2 T Tabasco sauce - I used buffalo sauce instead (any kind from the store that has no fat)
1 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder
1 t cayenne pepper
1 t black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place bread crumbs in a pie pan. Add seasonings and mix well. Place chicken pieces in a separate dish, and cover and toss with hot sauce. Spray a sheet pan with nonstick spray. Give each chicken piece a shake (so it's not dripping with hot sauce), and then coat it evenly with the crumbs.Use one hand for the wet ingredients and one for the wet ingredients so that the bread crumbs will not clump. Place the nuggets on the sheet pan. Bake 10 minutes. Flip and bake for an additional 7-8 minutes or until fully cooked. Serve with additional hot sauce, if desired, or bleu cheese dressing. (Nutrition info not included!)

Ok, the 'skinny' on these little puppies - they were DELICIOUS!! Nick and I loved them!! We made them for a basketball game one night and they were the perfect meal! We baked some french fries (I know, not the greatest thing ever) to have with them and it was perfect!! We love to make 'game snacks' as I call them for any game we're watching on TV. Usually any appetizer but they can be really bad for you!

The whole process does take a little while. You've got to let the chicken thaw, then cut it into pieces. I cut them into pieces and put them in a bag or bowl with the buffalo sauce while I worked on everything else to let the sauce soak in a bit. If you have time to cut and soak them long before you are going to bake them, I would encourage that as it'll only increase the flavor!!

Also, it does make a bit of a mess. I have a set of rectangular trays I got from The Pampered Chef just for this kind of thing and it works perfectly! Be prepared to get your hands a little dirty!! Once you get them coated however, the rest goes pretty quickly. Since the chicken is cut up so small, it bakes pretty quickly. Definitely let it bake so they get nice and crispy. They can taste a little dry if the breadcrumbs don't crisp up. I would also recommend getting a good, name brand kind of breadcrumbs. I'm all about saving $$ but sometimes you just gotta spend a little more to get a better quality.

This would also make a great appetizer for a game or party. They taste good hot, but they also taste good cold! We were big fans of this recipe and the best part is below:

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 210.6
Total Fat: 2.7 g
Cholesterol: 65.7 mg
Sodium: 295.0 mg
Total Carbs: 16.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.6 g
Protein: 29.3 g

I'm not going to claim they are as good as a fatty, crunchy boneless buffalo nugget, but for 2.7g of fat and only 210 calories, it's definitely a good substitute!! Hope you all enjoy! I'm going to try low fat cheese sticks, another version of these but more buffalo chicken WINGS this weekend so I'll let you all know how that goes next week!!

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