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! 

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Buffalo Chicken Bites

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  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine chicken, cream cheese and hot sauce, cheddar cheese and green onions.
  3. 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.
  4. Place flour in a shallow dish.
  5. In a second shallow dish, place eggs.
  6. In a third shallow dish, place corn flakes.
  7. 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.

Yields: 48 bites

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

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

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90 Responses to Buffalo Chicken Bites

  1. Yay for delicious appetizers that can be made ahead! 🙂 We LOVE these and have already exhausted this football season’s supply, so need to make more! Glad you and Andrew loved them, too!!

  2. Christina, these look delicious. And I just LOVE that you used corn flakes (so much healthier). These will def have to be on the menu for my next Sunday Football get together.
    Thanks : )

  3. Erin says:

    Yay these are awesome. Love that they can be frozen too.

  4. Thank God for College Football! If not for the games, which I can’t normally watch on TV, for the great recipes you are posting every week. Enjoy the games!

  5. Cornflake chicken! Sorry, we do this all the time at our house. Makes such a great coating.

  6. You shut your mouth! These are incredible and I haven’t even tasted them. Making them ASAP.

  7. muppy says:

    yum! i cooked your oven baked chicken fingers the other night for dinner again – once again it was LOVED by the entire family – my one year old ate so much!

  8. Never used cornflakes as a coating – what a great idea. And oven baked too!

  9. Judy says:

    I don’t know which I look forward to more, the game or the snacks 🙂 These look tasty!

  10. ChgoJohn says:

    I love using corn flakes as a breading and these bites are so much healthier than buffalo wings. Great recipe!

  11. Oh, yummy! Those look absolutely fantastic.



  12. I’m hungry and would eat some of these now for breakfast. I’m not kidding.

  13. Kate says:

    Those look wonderful – nice and crisp and I’m drooling!

  14. kat says:

    Such a cute idea! I have never tried cornflakes for breading before (always panko)…does it give a bit more crunch than panko?

  15. The Teenage Taste says:

    I think this is my favorite “College Football Bites” recipe yet! I love buffalo-flavored anything!

  16. I concur with ChgoJohn and will have to give this a try this season.

  17. mmm mmm these look so juicy and succulent and tiny and absolutely irresistible! Corn flakes … doh! Now why didn’t I ever think of that. I am going to try making these, this week. Thnx!

  18. Kathy says:

    OMG, those sound sooo yummy! Gonna these babies a try for sure. Thanks for the recipe!

  19. Great minds think alike! I just posted a healthy recipe for buffalo wings today. I’m thinking this version wouldn’t be as good to eat in large quantities, but they look like a delicious option for when I’m wanting to splurge. Perfect for watching a game!

  20. Ann says:

    What a GREAT recipe! I LOVE buffalo chicken and that it’s baked and not fried is AWESOME! (sent to me via stumble upon)

  21. Wow these look good! Great for football season 🙂

  22. teacher-chef says:

    This is now bookmarked for my Pumpkin Carving Party (unless I have an excuse to make it before). These look so awesome (and easy!) A question though – do you egg & bread them and then put in the fridge/freezer or wait to coat them until just before baking!?

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  24. These look wonderful! I can’t wait to try them next week.

  25. I tried these out last night for an easy Friday night dinner. They turned out AMAZING. The best part is, it’s not fried and actually better for you than eating at Buffalo Wild Wings, or something of the sort. I served my Buffalo Chicken Bites with spicy Ranch and Marinara Sauce. They were a hit with the husband. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  27. intrepidtraveller says:

    Wow these look delicious! Thanks for sharing, I’m going to make them for my scary movie night this thursday!!

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  32. amanda says:

    We tried to make these, and they fell apart, it was more of like a good dip for chips than a chicken dipper. I’m not sure where we went wrong but I think we will have to try this again!

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  37. Anna says:

    Seen this posted on Pinterest! They look delicious, I have to try and love that they are not fried. Thanks for sharing!

  38. Jennifer says:

    OMG I made these tonight and they were amazing! Next time I won’t add as much cream cheese because they were a little mushy but all in all, will be a favorite.

  39. Kristen says:

    These little bites were a huge hit! Everyone wanted the recipe at Christmas. The only change I made was I used a habanero hot sauce and only needed 1/8 cup for it to do the trick! I also calculated that these are around 50 calories each, which isn’t too bad.
    Thanks for a yummy, easy recipe with a kick!

    • Christina says:

      I am so glad that you enjoyed these bites!! I will have to try the habanero hot sauce next time I make them. Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out! 🙂

  40. Jessica says:

    I can’t wait to try these! YUM! Once they have been baked can I put them into a crock pot to bring somewhere to share? Thanks for the recipe!!

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  42. Deanna says:

    This sounds wonderful! I think I will have do a test run and see if I want to make these for super bowl!

  43. DAVe says:

    I just made these and they are totally awesome!

  44. Brittany says:

    Made these tonight for my boyfriend! We both loved them! Could use more hot sauce next time… I added a heaping over 1/2 cup. Will probably use 3/4-1 cup next time (we love our spicy food!) Perfect sports game watching snack food!

  45. Merry Meri says:

    These are perfect for watching the game (and any other occasion really!) SO easy to make and delicious. Just shared with my followers, thanks for the inspiration!

  46. Sabrina says:

    Made these last night and everyone loved them! Thanks for a great recipe!

  47. Tonya McNair says:

    I’m new to the site. These look great I want to try them. How did you cook your shredded chicken? Can’t wait to try this.

    • Christina says:

      I have grilled the chicken and pulled it apart and I have also boiled the chicken. Either one works great. If you give them a try I would love to hear how it turns out! 🙂

  48. Danielle says:

    A friend was short on cash and wanted to spend the last of her cash on a fast food chicken sandwich. I had this recipe marked on my browser (hadn’t yet tried it) and convinced her that we should try these instead. We just bought some canned chicken (what can I say? It was late and we were lazy) and made it with that. I didn’t really follow the measurements as it didn’t seem overly critical and mixed everything up kind of haphazardly. They are a resounding hit though! They fed four adults dinner and no one could get enough. Super easy to make and highly customizable. I don’t like spicy things so half of them didn’t include hot sauce, but everyone loved both kinds.

    • Christina says:

      I am so happy that everyone enjoyed them! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out! I will have to try making them with canned chicken…that would make it even easier! 🙂

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  50. melissa says:

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

  53. Crystal says:

    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 🙂

  54. Michele says:

    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 says:

      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! 🙂

  55. lvbaby says:

    These look delicious, thanks for sharing!

  56. Stacie says:

    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!

  57. Tara says:

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

  61. Michelle Rainey says:

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

  62. toni says:

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

  63. Jasmine says:

    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!!!!!!

  64. Kathy G says:

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

    • Christina says:

      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! 🙂

  65. Christine says:

    Looks good. Will have to try this.

  66. Aim says:

    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?

  67. Becky says:

    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…

  68. Nilou says:

    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

  69. lolo says:

    so delicious thanks alot

  70. 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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