I have been wanting to make this recipe for awhile now, but for some reason it just kept getting pushed aside. I have no idea why, since I love anything with Frank's Buffalo Wing Sauce! That sauce is sooo addicting! I finally got around to making it today and I only wished I would have made it sooner! This will definitely solve your craving for chicken nuggets. I kid you not, when I say these taste just like the nuggets you make with seasoned bread crumbs. With only a few ingredients, and a little shake and bake, you are good to go for a yummy, quick, and easy dinner. I am not sure if you guys have tried using the crushed parmesan or chili cheese puffs as breading for chicken yet, but if you haven't, it works very well. You will have to subtract from one of your meals for the day. If you do not like doing this and you like to eat your six meals a day, not a problem! All you need to do is divide your lean and green in half. For instance, I just ate these nuggets for lunch and later in the day I am eating my green which is roasted green beans. I just love roasted green beans. I usually roast them for at least 40 minutes at 425 degrees so that they get almost burnt. Sooo good! I normally add a tsp of olive oil but since I used my healthy fat already, I may just use a few sprays of olive oil cooking spray. Anyways, I will definitely be making this recipe again. I may try using BBQ sauce instead of Frank's Buffalo Wing Sauce to see how they turn out for a change of pace. Also, the dipping sauce is optional, but you do need to add one healthy fat for the day so a salad dressing that meets this requirement would work great with this meal. I love Hidden Valley Light Ranch. As Heidi suggested, I mixed a little bit of Frank's Hot Wing Sauce with the dressing and it came out excellent! Thanks for a great recipe Heidi! Enjoy!
These silicone baking mats are excellent when you do not want food to stick to the baking pan. I use them all the time when roasting my veggies or baking chicken. I also use them for my baked goods such as cookies. I bought these on Amazon, but you can buy them at your local Bed, Bath and Beyond Store or Walmart. The brand I have is called Slipat but any silicone baking mat should be fine. Clean up is a breeze and saves you from always having to buy parchment paper. You also don't have to spray the pan with cooking spray either because the food won't stick. You still need the cooking spray or olive oil for roasting vegetables though, so they can crisp up. Pictured below are the chicken bites before they are put in the oven.
Crispy Buffalo Chicken Bites
Created by Heidi aka Heidiho24 from the Medifast Forums
9 oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast cut into cubes- should yield 6 oz cooked (1 Lean)
1 tbsp Frank's Red Hot Wing Sauce (1 Condiment)
1 Bag Medifast Parmesan Cheese Puffs (1 Meal)
1 tbsp Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese (1 Condiment)
Optional Dipping Sauce:
2 tbsp Hidden Valley Light Ranch Dressing (1 Healthy Fat)
1 tsp Frank's Red Hot Wing Sauce (0.33 Condiments)
Preheat Oven to 350. Finely crush the Parmesan puffs into a bread-crumb consistency - use food processor or just whack the heck out of the (already opened) bag with something heavy. Mix the Parmesan cheese with the processed Parmesan puffs and pour crumb mixture into a plastic Ziploc bag. Set aside.
Cut Chicken Breast into approximately 1 inch cubes/chunks. Combine chicken with 1 tbsp of Frank's Hot Wing Sauce, tossing until combined. Place the coated chicken (let excess sauce drip off chicken before placing in bag) into the Ziploc bag with the crumb mixture and shake the bag, making sure the chicken is completely coated with the crumbs.
Put the crumb coated chicken cubes onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (etc.) and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending on your oven, but I used my oven light and kept an eye on them to make sure they didn't burn.
Combine ranch dressing and 1 tsp Frank's Hot Wing Sauce and stir until combined. Serve with chicken bites.
1 Lean Serving with 2.33 Condiments, 1 Healthy Fat, and 1 Meal (Don't forget to add your Greens!)
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