Friday, August 19, 2011

S+S chow: buffalo chicken bites

TGIBCB. That's right. Who cares about it being Friday? We are just glad buffalo chicken bites are here, and here to stay. Ok...we do care it's Friday. 

Last weekend we had a little get together with our friends and tried this recipe for one of the appetizers. Holy. Smokes. That is all that can be said. These little bites pack a whole lotta punch. It has the decadent pastry crust and then the spicy center, and all topped off with the creamy blue cheese. Nom Nom Nom. 
1 cup finely diced cooked chicken breast
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup hot sauce (Frank's brand is the best)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 1/4 teaspoons rapid rise dry yeast
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup warm milk 
2 1/2 cups of flour

To make the buffalo chicken mixture, in a small bowl, combine the chicken, blue cheese, cheddar cheese, softened butter and hot sauce; set aside.

In a 1 cup measuring cup, heat the milk and then add the 2 tablespoons brown sugar; stir into warm milk until dissolved; place in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.

Add 2 1/2 cups flour and yeast to the stand mixer and mix on low speed until a soft dough forms, adding up to 1/2 cup additional flour, a little at a time, if necessary. Allow the dough to knead in the stand mixer for 5-7 minutes. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead a few times to form a smooth ball. Place dough into a clean bowl that's been lightly oiled. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled and bubbles appear on surface, about 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut into 4 equal pieces. Lightly dust your hands with flour, then gently roll and stretch 1 piece of dough to form a 12-inch-long rope. Flatten dough and arrange so a long side is nearest you, then roll out to a roughly 12- by 4-inch rectangle with a lightly floured rolling pin. Gently press one fourth of buffalo chicken mixture into lower third of rectangle, leaving a 1/2-inch border along bottom edge. Stretch bottom edge of dough up over filling and press tightly to seal, then roll up as tightly as possible to form a rope. Cut rope into 12 pieces and transfer to a sheet pan. Make 3 more ropes with remaining dough, filling and cut into pieces, transferring to sheet pans. Let rest at room temperature, uncovered, 30 minutes (dough will rise slightly).

Bake buffalo chicken bites in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned. Remove from oven (some cheese may have melted out.) and brush tops with melted butter before serving (optional).


  1. This looks dangerously delicious!!!! Sounds and looks really really boys would gobble this up. Will print it out now...thanks!

  2. Yum!! What a tasty appetizer. I'll have to whip these up soon.

  3. These look so tasty! I love little appetizer recipes so I'll definitely be trying this one out.

  4. i have to make some apps for a bridal shower this weekend - these will be perfect!!!

    a peek of chic

  5. Oh wow! I see this being a big hit at our home during game watching parties! Thanks!

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