Buffalo Chicken Bites

My husband grew up in and around Green Bay, WI. His family has season tickets for the Packers games. 
K is a Packer fan.
This may or may not seem obvious.
Sundays in our house are generally punctuated with alternating shouts of  “Go Baby, Go Baby GO!!,” “Are you kidding me!?!? How can you make that call?,” and, my personal favorite of him grabbing the top of his head and groaning.
I’ve learned a lot about football since meeting K. Enough to at least understand the basics of what’s happening. Although, I got my kicks in several years ago (when Farve was still in favor in Green Bay), when we were at a December 30th game at Lambeau.
It was so cold. I was wearing at least 4 layers all over, including snow pants and a skiing jacket. I was a little grumpy due to my hot chocolate getting a skim of ice across the top before I took a sip and I wanted to get K’s goat.
Me: “Why’s everyone cheering?” Fully knowing that the Team had just taken the field.
K: “Look who just walked on the field. That’s Brett Farve.” Pointing at a man in a #4 jersey.
Me: “Oh. Okay. Is he a football player?” It may be evil, but I couldn’t resist. Even I knew who Farve was/is.
K: “Maybe you should leave. Now. Are you kidding me? That’s Brett Farve. THE Brett Farve.”
Me: “Can’t leave, don’t actually know where we are.” and, getting a little defensive that maybe my joke has gone too far “I was just teasing.”
K: “Look, it’s the coin toss.”
Me: “The what?”
K: “Just watch the game.”
I love teasing K. It’s so much fun.
Today, though his beloved Packers didn’t win (They didn’t lose, but they just didn’t win either) in overtime, I decided to dedicate my post (and my recipe) to a football-friendly recipe. With a solid love of wings, but not having any in the house, I decided to make some tasty little bite-sized treats for K to enjoy during the game.
Buffalo Chicken Bites
1 pound of chicken breasts (about 2)
1/2 cup cornstarch (you could use flour too)
1/2 cup hot sauce (we love Frank’s)
olive oil
Cut the chicken into bite-sized cubes and coat with cornstarch. Fill a deep pan with about 1″ of olive oil and heat until rippling. Drop the chicken into the pan and fry until golden brown. Set aside, cool and drain.
Place the hot sauce in a one-gallon plastic bag, add the chicken, seal the bag and toss thoroughly. 
Place in a lightly greased 8″ x 8″ baking dish in a single layer and bake for about 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
*Note: if you want a stronger flavor, marinate the chicken in the sauce for several hours. If you’re like me and don’t think ahead, you’ll make this all at once. And you’ll love it.
Serve with either ranch or bleu cheese and celery. We don’t have celery in the house at the moment, so just served with bleu cheese.
This post is linked to Sunday Potluck @ Mommy’s Kitchen
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9 Responses

  1. awesome recipe we love buffalo chicken and franks hot sauce is awesome great recipe to enjoy the game with …thank for sharing!

  2. Karen says:

    Great alternative to chicken wings…I love the not having to deal with the bones aspect!
    I’ve never tried Frank’s hot sauce, although I have heard much about it. Think it’s time to buy some.
    Perfect bites for game day!

  3. Same pinch…coz I have also learnt some things about football & soccer from my husband…not as if I wanted to but didnt have much choice:)
    really love those cute chicken bites..yum!

  4. Joanne says:

    I know nothing about football, but I DO know that I love buffalo chicken in any shape and form. I’ll be over for the bites. We can “watch” the game together.

  5. These look good and so simple! I may be making them for the game next week.

  6. Donna says:

    My stomach just growled:)

  7. Shannon says:

    These look great! Can’t wait to try them!

  8. Christina says:

    These sound so good! Great football food!

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