Chicken Change-Up: Hellmann’s BBQ-Cheddar Chicken Bites and Buffalo Chicken Bites

Last month, I shared with you this super-easy, super-quick chicken recipe as part of Hellmann’s Chicken Change-Up Challenge. It turned out so good that I wanted to play around some more and make an appetizer to serve up some friends at a little dinner get-together at my home one evening.

Now, I’ve mentioned before how much I love appetizers – and it sounds like most of you like to snack your way through a meal too. If you’re one of those appetizer people, like I am, then you will love these Baked BBQ-Cheddar Chicken Bites and Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites (shown above). Call them nuggets if you wish, I like the word “bites” much better, don’t you?

I decided to make two different kinds of chicken bites, a kicked up buffalo-style one for the grown-ups and a kid-friendly bbq version. Both kinds were gobbled up by grown-ups as well as kids, all the same. Let me tell you, these two plates of chicken did not last very long at all. Everyone agreed, the chicken was GOOD and everyone was surprised at how crisp, but not dry, it turned out in the oven (as opposed to frying). No one realized what the “secret” ingredient was (mayonnaise!) and with just a few ingredients, these chicken bites turned out really moist and flavorful. It was a perfect way to start a meal with friends.

I rounded the chicken apps out with a nice plate of veggies and Ranch dip that everyone munched on until the rest of the meal was ready.

Next time you are getting together with family and friends, whether for a sit-down dinner or game-time apps (or to just hang out and eat!), try out these chicken bites. The ideas are pretty endless as far as changing them up too, I could see them going Asian-style or even Italian-style (with Italian seasoning & Parmesan cheese breading and marinara dipping sauce – YUM!). Have fun with these recipes!

Hellmann’s BBQ-Cheddar Chicken Bites
Recipe slightly adapted from Hellmann’s BBQ-Cheddar Crusted Chicken recipe

1 1/4 lb chicken breasts, cut into 1″pieces
1/2 cup Hellmann’s or Best Foods Real Mayonnaise (I used Light)
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons barbecue sauce
2 cups seasoned bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Combine Hellmann’s or Best Foods Real Mayonnaise, cheese and barbecue sauce in a medium bowl. Add chicken pieces into mayonnaise mixture and gently toss to thoroughly combine.

Put bread crumbs in large shallow dish. Place each chicken piece into bread crumbs and toss to coat. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake for 7 minutes, then carefully flip each chicken bite. Bake for an additional 7-10 minutes until golden brown.

To make the Buffalo Chicken Bites version, I used Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo sauce in place of the barbecue sauce and I left out the cheese. I also used panko, but feel free to use your bread crumb of choice.

Visit Facebook.com/Hellmanns to participate in the Chicken Change-Up, where you can find ideas on managing dinner dilemmas and enter for a chance to win daily prizes.

(Disclosure: Hellmann’s provided me product and compensation for this post, but as always the words and opinions on this blog are always my own.)

   

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15 Responses to “Chicken Change-Up: Hellmann’s BBQ-Cheddar Chicken Bites and Buffalo Chicken Bites”

  1. JulieD posted April 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Wow, these look great! I need to make them for our next get-together! We love anything buffalo…thanks, Aggie!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted April 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      thanks Julie! we love buffalo too :)

  2. Kristy posted April 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    YUMMY! Those look so delicious!

  3. Cassie posted April 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    You know I am a big fan of anything buffalo-flavored. These sound so good!

  4. Living The Sweet Life posted April 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I can see why these didn’t last long, they look great!!

  5. Paula- bell'alimento posted April 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Always looks for chicken recipes Aggie & this one looks like a keeper ; ) xoox

  6. Erica posted April 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    That chicken looks perfect!! Deliciousness

  7. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen posted April 17, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Chicken is kind of a treat for us, we usually have beef and I know the boys would go crazy for these!

  8. Kim B. posted April 18, 2012 at 1:35 am

    What a better alternative to store bought nuggets, & sooo easy too!!

  9. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids posted April 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I love chicken bites, and these look delicious!

  10. Bree posted April 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Hmm..These look great! I make little baked chicken bites with wheat breadcrumbs that the whole family loves. I will definitely try them buffalo style-yum!

  11. Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) posted April 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    These look delicious, Aggie!

  12. Kim | At Home With Kim posted April 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Perfect timing — As I’m trying to eat clean and my kids miss some of their old favorites, this is a great thing to make in lieu of chicken nuggets or fried chicken. I have lots of organic chicken to use from Costco so I can’t wait to make this!

  13. Kim | At Home With Kim posted April 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    PS ~ GREAT photos!

  14. Deborah posted April 19, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Ok, I totally need to try the mayo secret – these sound so good!!

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