Baked Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese Bites Recipe

Baked Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese Bites Recipe

 Baked Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese Bites Recipe

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 5 large eggs
  • ⅓ – ½ cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce (or buffalo sauce of choice)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken breast (rotisserie or poached and pulled)
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Ranch dressing, to top
  • Scallion sliced, to top
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the cheeses and toss with cornstarch until evenly distributed. Set aside.
  2. In a separate large bowl, beat together the evaporated milk, 2 of the eggs, and the buffalo sauce, until well-combined. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large, high-walled pan or pot over medium-low heat. Melt the butter in the pan and reduce to low heat. Add in the chicken, macaroni, reserved cheese mixture, and the reserved evaporated milk mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring often, until the cheese melts and the sauce becomes smooth and thick. Make sure to keep the heat as low as possible, or the eggs will scramble in the cheese sauce.
  4. Line a 9 x 13″ baking dish with parchment paper or aluminum foil. spray lightly with nonstick spray and scoop the buffalo chicken macaroni into the dish. Smooth out the buffalo mac until even. Refrigerate until solidified, at least 3 hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with nonstick spray.
  6. Place the flour in a small bowl, beat the remaining 3 eggs in another bowl, and pour the panko breadcrumbs into a third bowl.
  7. Remove the buffalo chicken macaroni from the refrigerator and carefully flip it over onto a cutting board. Peel away the parchment paper or foil, and then cut the mac into squares.
  8. Dip each square into the flour, then the beaten egg, then the panko, pressing well to coat. Line the squares on the prepared baking sheet. You may have to use more than one baking sheet., don’t crowd them too much.
  9. Spray the macaroni squares liberally with nonstick spray, and bake until light golden and warm, about 25 minutes, turning once halfway through. Let the bites sit for a few minutes after they come out of the oven before plating. This will help them firm up as they cool just slightly.
  10. Serve the bites with a drizzle of ranch and sliced scallion.

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Bites Recipe

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Bites Recipe

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Bites Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/3 cup favorite hot sauce
  • 3 1/2 oz. fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (you won’t use all of it)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups Corn Flakes cereal, crushed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine shredded chicken, hot sauce and cream cheese; mix well. Stir in cheddar cheese and green onions and set aside.
  3. Using 3 separate bowls, set out the flour, eggs and crushed cereal. Scoop out chicken mixture and make 1 1/2-inch balls, first rolling in flour, then dipping in egg and last coating with cereal. Repeat this until you have about 30 balls.
  4. Place balls on sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden.
  5. Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing and enjoy!