Thursday, February 2, 2012

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Cheese Bites with Crispy Bacon

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Let me start by saying these Buffalo Ranch Chicken Cheese Bites with Crispy Bacon would make delicious sliders!  Just add a small soft toasted bun, thinly sliced red onion, a piece of lettuce and a side of chips and...well...need I say more??????

Shown here, as simple bites, they are a breeze to prepare and make for perfect toothpick/napkin food! 


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The recipe yields exactly 24 (one of which is always good to use as a, "tester" to make sure they're smoking hot to the touch in the middle and no longer pink.)

A total cooking time of 16 minutes (12 and then an additional 4) at 375 degrees and mine were perfectly cooked, HOT and ready to eat!

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So whether you serve them as, "bites" or "sliders" ...I hope you enjoy this fun and simple recipe!

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Cheese Bites with Crispy Bacon

1 lb ground chicken
1/4 cup Franks Buffalo Hot Sauce
1/4 cup Ranch Dressing
1 tsp garlic powder
1 egg lightly beaten
3 pieces of soft white or wheat bread broken up into little bits
A few cranks of fresh cracked pepper
Cheese and small piece of cooked crisp bacon for the top of each one

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375.

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients (minus the cheese and bacon) with a spoon.

Spray a roasting pan with cooking spray.

Shape your chicken mixture into smallish meatball like circles. (The texture at this point will feel a bit loose but that's OK, as long as they hold together in a "ball-like shape" they will firm up in the oven.)

Cook them in the oven for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven, top with cheese of choice and piece of already cooked bacon. Place back into the oven and cook an additional 3-5 minutes or until cheese is completely melted. 

Remove from the oven and cut into one to make sure the inside is no longer pink and piping hot!!!

Serve with toothpicks or on buns as sliders. Serve with a ranch or blue cheese dip and chips on the side! :)))

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4 comments:

Courtney said...

Oooh, friend. You've outdone yourself with this one. What a perfect treat just in time for Super Bowl Sunday. And really, what's not to love when bacon is included?!

Aarthi said...

They look yummy

Aarthi
http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

Jane said...

Mmmm! I love anything buffalo chicken!

Jenn said...

I just came from another blog that had a recipe for slider buns! I guess it was meant to be!!