Last night I made the easiest, quickest, kid-friendly meal. It was a hit with everyone in our home. This could easily be used as either an appetizer or a full dinner if you add some addtional items to your menu. No matter how you make it, I bet your kids will love it.
I made two versions of this to suit the tastes in my family, and to accomodate the spicey factor for my younger kids. The first version was used with buffalo wing sauce, and the second was just done plain for dipping in ranch dressing. It made everyone happy and worked out perfectly. The heat from the buffalo wing sauce might be too much to handle for those who don’t like anything hot and spicey and it’s definitely something most younger kids won’t eat. But, you could also easily substitute a sweet barbecue sauce for the wing sauce to make everyone happy. Choose what works for you and your family. The world is your oyster!
Serve them up with some ranch or blue cheese dressing along with some celery and carrot sticks for dipping. And if you stick some colored cocktail toothpicks into the chicken bites your kids will love you even more.
Buffalo Chicken Bites:
Adapted from Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee, “Double Date” episode.
- 3 Pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 Box Shake N Bake Extra Crispy
- 1 Jar Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce (or any wing or barbecue sauce you prefer)
- Blue Cheese or Ranch Dressing for dipping
- Carrot and Celery Sticks (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Begin by trimming chicken breasts of all fat. If they are very thick, filet them before cutting them into bite size pieces. Cut each chicken piece into bite size pieces and place in a Ziploc bag.
Pour both packets of Shake N Bake Extra Crispy coating into the bag and shake the bag around to coat each piece of chicken evenly.
Lay the chicken bites out on a large baking sheet in a single layer.
Place on the middle rack of the oven and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until done. Do not turn or move the chicken bites while they are cooking.
Just before removing chicken from the oven, pour the entire bottle of sauce into a microwave safe bowl and heat until warmed through.
When chicken is done, immediately remove from baking sheet and place in the bowl of wing sauce. Turn to coat each piece evenly and remove from sauce with a slotted spoon to a serving platter.
Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping with some carrot and celery sticks on the side.
Note: If you have children that would prefer their chicken bites plain, just leave some set to the side after you remove them from the oven and dip the remaining chicken in the sauce of your choice.