Buffalo Chicken Bites

We continue onto Week 4 of College Football, which means another delicious Football bite! These bite-sized Buffalo Chicken Bites are oven baked, not fried, so not only do they taste great, but are so much healthier for you. These crispy bites are crusted in corn flakes and baked to crispy perfection. They are perfect for snacking, appetizers, parties and tailgating. One of Andrew’s favorite tailgating staples are hot wings dipped in blue cheese dressing. I wanted to try a healthier version of his favorite football treat, so when I stumbled upon this recipe on Nikki’s food blog, Pennies on a Platter, I knew they would be a hit!
These buffalo bites are super easy to make and can even be prepared beforehand if you are hosting a big tailgating party. Just prepare them and keep them in the fridge until ready to bake. They even freeze beautifully!

Buffalo Chicken Bites

These bite-sized Buffalo Chicken Bites are oven baked, not fried, so not only do they taste great, but are so much healthier for you.

Yield: 48 Bites


3 cups shredded cooked chicken
1/4 to 1/2 cup hot sauce (to taste)
3 1/2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 3/4 cups sharp shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs, lightly beaten
3 – 4 cups Corn Flakes cereal, crushed


Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine chicken, cream cheese and hot sauce, cheddar cheese and green onions.
Roll a heaping tablespoon of mixture into a 1½-inch ball and place onto a plate or separate baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
Place flour in a shallow dish.
In a second shallow dish, place eggs.
In a third shallow dish, Place cornflakes.
Dip each chicken ball first into the flour, then the egg and ending with the Corn Flakes. Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm with ranch or blue cheese dressing.

Recipe Note:
If freezing place the dipped and uncooked chicken balls onto a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze for 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a freezer bag and store in the freezer until ready. When ready to bake, place the frozen chicken balls on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350˚F for 25 to 30 minutes, until crispy and golden brown.

Source: adapted from Pennies on a Platter originally adapted from Food Network

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If you’ve missed them, make sure to check out the rest of my College Football Bites: :)

Week One: Pizza Pretzel Bites               

Week Two: Slow Roasted Pulled Pork 

Week Three: Mini Corn Dogs                 

Week Four: Buffalo Chicken Bites         

Week Five: Texas Chili                            

Week Six: Beer Battered Fried Pickles 

Week Seven: Buffalo Wings                    

Week Eight: Queso Blanco Dip              

Week Nine: Sloppy Joes                          

Week Ten: Ultimate Spicy Beef Nachos 

Week Eleven: Spinach & Artichoke Dip 

Week Twelve: Sweet & Sour Meatballs  

Week Thirteen: Fried Mozzarella Sticks

One Year Ago: Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting 

114 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Bites”

  1. #
    melissa — February 1, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    I made these last night and everyone loved them. I used just under a 1/2 cup of hot sauce and everyone said it was the perfect kick but they all like spicey, so if it’s a crowd that is not a fan of the heat, stick with the 1/4 cup of hot sauce. Thank you so much for a keeper recipe that will become a common appetizer I take to all get togethers. Loved them.

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    Linda Nicholas Muckerheide — February 2, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    A bit like cake bites… glue the meat together with cream cheese, make a ball, dip it. LOL

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    Crystal — February 2, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    I cannot wait to try these!! Have you tried using canned chicken with this recipe? I just didnt know how they would turn out if you need to whip them up in a hurry for a get together. Thanks again for sharing :)

    • Christina replied: — February 2nd, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

      Yes you can used canned chicken! If you give them a try I would love to hear how they turn out! :)

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    Michele — February 2, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    Could these be assembled ahead of time and frozen then baked? I’m trying to get a bunch of ideas for make ahead apps.

    • Christina replied: — February 2nd, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

      Yes they can be frozen! If freezing place the dipped and uncooked chicken balls onto a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze for 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a freezer bag and store in the freezer until ready. When ready to bake, place the frozen chicken balls on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350˚F for 25 to 30 minutes, until crispy and golden brown. If you give them a try I would love to hear how they turn out for you! :)

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    deliciouscravings — February 2, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

    Reblogged this on deliciouscravings.

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    lvbaby — February 3, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    These look delicious, thanks for sharing!

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    Erica Totten — February 3, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    Reblogged this on Erica Totten.

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    Stacie — February 4, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    These were delicious!!!! I’m making them again tonight. Do you think spraying butter flavored Pam or butter spray would make them even crispier? Just curious!
    Everyone raved about these. Thanks for the recipe! I’m also trying your mini corn dogs too!

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    Tara — February 4, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    I just got back the store. I bought all the stuff and will be making them for the Super Bowl. Thanks for the recipe. I featured this on my blog today: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/02/superbowl-food.html

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    artisanfoodsinc — February 8, 2012 @ 2:56 am

    YUM I love this recipe! Will try to make it at our next dinner party. Thanks for the post! ^.^~

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    Michelle Rainey — February 9, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

    Going to have to try these …. they look good…..

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    toni — February 22, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    what can i use instead of cornflakes?? I don’t have any and I’m wanting to make them right now!!! :)

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    Jasmine — March 1, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    I made these last night and they are delicious and easy to make!! I made a BBQ version with BBQ sauce instead of Hot Sauce as well because my boyfriend tends to not like spicy things. He liked the BBQ version, but LOVED the hot sauce version. Thanks so much for the recipe!!!!!!

    • Christina replied: — March 7th, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

      I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed them! I will have to try making them with BBQ sauce…sounds delicious! :)

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    Kathy G — March 4, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    I tried Ground, browned chicken and it didn’t work at all, they wouldn’t form into a ball, I was so disappointed.

    • Christina replied: — March 7th, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

      I have never tried making these with ground chicken, but I hate to hear that it didn’t work for this recipe. If you give it another try using the shredded cooked chicken I would love to hear how they turn out for you! :)

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    Christine — March 25, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    Looks good. Will have to try this.

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    Aim — March 29, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    I know it says to serve these warm but do they hold up well taste-wise if they sit out at a party for a few hours?

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    Becky — April 1, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    I found another recipe on Pinterest for Crockpot Chicken Tacos that has you cook the chicken breasts with a jar of picante sauce and a package of taco seasoning. Since I am going to a party this week, and want to take your Buffalo Bites, I’m doubling the crockpot recipe. That should make for some spicy Bites! I’ll let you know how it goes…

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    Nilou — May 21, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    Thank you for this recipe! I had tried it the past weekend and it was a real HIT at my home 😀 Loving the fact that u dont need to fry them. I made a blogpost about the chicken bites: http://tastynilous.blogspot.com/2012/05/healthy-junkfood-2-buffalo-chicken.html

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    lolo — June 18, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    so delicious thanks alot

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    budgetdinners — June 20, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

    I am wondering since I do not do flour nor corn flakes could I dunk in egg and then crushed pork rinds?

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    Veronica — September 11, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    What a wonderful idea. My hubby loves anything with the words buffalo chicken lol. Made these last weekend, but just got round to updating my blog with it (and linked to you for the recipe) :)

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    nenaussa — September 13, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    What do you recommend if you only have raw chicken, not the shredded kind? Would it still work, I would just have to cook it longer? Let me know and thanks!

    • Christina replied: — September 14th, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

      You have to use cooked and shredded chicken for this recipe. I make these all the time using raw chicken. I cook the chicken by boiling it for about 20 minutes, until cooked through then shred it. Then I proceed with the recipe. If you give it a try I would love to hear how it turns out for you! :)

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    Sara — November 25, 2012 @ 2:56 am

    I used this recipe with some leftover turkey, and they turned out great! I used panko bread crumbs instead of corn flakes, and I threw in a little sour cream with the turkey mixture. Great recipe! Thank you!

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    John — December 1, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    I just made these today for my wife and I. They are SO damn good! I used 1/4 of the hot sauce (I used Louisiana,) because my wife is a wimp, but they were still delicious. My wife actually said they’re better than something you’d get from a bar and even better… BAKED! Awesome recipe, thank you!

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    NatashaF — December 14, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

    I’ve made these twice now, and they are great! I up the cheese amount to 2 cups, but other than that I haven’t changed a thing. I made the balls about 2 inches and got 35 bites per batch, with only a couple of minutes added to the baking time. Thanks for sharing a healthier version of a family favorite!

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    Katie — January 1, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    These were so delicious. I made them for New Years Eve Last night and they all got eaten up with a ton of compliments. I used 1/3 cup of Tapatio and they were still pretty spicy for those of you that are wondering how much to use. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

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    Adrian — January 20, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

    These are amazing and so easy! I buy a whole rotisserie chicken already cooked at the store for like $5, pull it apart, use mostly franks red hot sauce with an extra 1-2 Tbs of tobacco “buffalo style” got sauce (for the spice and buffalo flavor). Delicious!! Love these so much.

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    Lisa — March 30, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    These remind me of the buffalo chicken blasters my husband loves from the Cheesecake Factory! We don’t have one here so he would be thrilled if I made these as an app:)

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    tom — August 17, 2013 @ 12:04 am

    looks good – gonna try this using the buffalo flavored tobacco..

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    Lisa — December 13, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

    My husband is a huge buffalo chicken guy – dips, pizza, sandwiches, so these would be perfect for game day on Sundays! Best of all I have everything here so I won’t have to make a grocery run:)

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    jim — December 28, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    just made pepperoni pretzel bites awesome do you think I could use crushed pretzels instead of cornflakes

    • Christina replied: — January 1st, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

      Hi Jim! I don’t see why you couldn’t. I’ve seen pretzel crusted chicken recipes before so I’m sure it would be great! If you give it a try I would love to hear how it turns out! :)

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    Nadia — January 3, 2014 @ 9:43 am

    This looks awesome!! I’m going to make this tonight. I already have panko bread crumbs, so I’m going to use that instead of corn flakes. I hope it works!

    • Christina replied: — January 3rd, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

      If you give the panko bread crumbs a try I would love to hear how it turns out for you! :)

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    Philly — January 24, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

    I have made these twice now since Christmas. My husband just raved about them. both times I just bought a rotisserie chicken from Walmart. It workes great and madei prep easy,. I made mine a little bigger so didn’t,t get nearly as many per batch. but they were still great, just baked them a little longer. THANKS for this super recipe. P

    • Christina replied: — January 25th, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

      So, so happy to hear that you enjoyed the chicken bites! I love the idea of using rotisserie chicken. I’m making these for a Superbowl party so I’ll have to try them with the rotisserie. Thanks so much for sharing how they turned out for you! :)

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    Liz — January 26, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

    Thank you, Christina. These sound nice.

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    Joan Welch — December 6, 2014 @ 11:22 am

    Love this recipe…exactly what I was looking for….did I miss it? How many does it yield/serve? Thanks!

    • Christina replied: — December 10th, 2014 @ 6:30 am

      Hi Joan,

      This recipe makes about 48 chicken bites. I hope you enjoy the recipe, if you give it a try I would love to hear how it turns out for you! :)

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