I went to Irving for job training recently, and when we took a break for lunch, a small group of us decided to try a new restaurant recommended by one of the locals.
It sounded like it had an eclectic mix of lunch fare, ranging from salads to sandwiches to burgers to seafood and pasta dishes.
The ambiance was incredible. We sat at a wrought-iron bistro table next to a beautifully landscaped canal. The water was crystal clear, so clear that you could see giant goldfish swimming around. There were palm trees swaying in the breeze that day and tropical flowers somehow in bloom, showing off their pinks, reds and yellows.
It was a lovely setting.
I was intrigued by an item on the appetizer menu and ended up having it for my main meal. Their Buffalo Chicken Bites were deep-fried, but when I came home, I found this healthier version. It’s almost identical in taste. The food at this restaurant was delicious, too. Try it for an appetizer, meal or snack this week when Brookshire’s boneless chicken breasts are on sale.
Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites
For the yogurt dip:
1 cup 2% Greek yogurt
2 Tbs cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 cup bleu cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup red onions, finely diced
salt and pepper
For the chicken bites:
3 cups cooked chicken, shredded or finely chopped
1/4 to 3/4 cup buffalo wing sauce
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 bunch green onions, white and pale green parts chopped
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
salt and pepper
Mix all of the dip ingredients together well. Stash in the fridge while you prepare the chicken.
Preheat oven to 350° F.
In a large bowl, combine chicken, wing sauce, cheese, green onions and cream cheese until well-combined.
Mix panko and a pinch of salt and pepper in a shallow dish.
Form chicken mixture into 2 1/2-inch balls (for dinner-sized) or 1 1/2-inch balls (for appetizer-sized).
Roll the chicken balls in the panko and place on a greased cookie sheet.
Before cooking, spray the tops of the balls with cooking spray.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until tops of bites are brown and crunchy.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 393, Calories from Fat: 195, Fat: 22 g (12 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 119 mg, Sodium: 1136 mg, Potassium: 311 mg, Carbohydrates: 13 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 36 g
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