this is actually the second quinoa recipe that i made but some how i kept forgetting to write a post about it. i don’t know how i kept forgetting though because these buffalo chicken quinoa bites were the bomb diggity. to be honest you can’t even tell that there is anything remotely healthy about these bites. the flavor of the buffalo sauce and blue cheese shine through and you get all the of healthy benefits of quinoa without even knowing it.
the outsides of the bites get nice and crispy while the inside, stays soft and fluffy – the perfect combination. they magically pack a ton of flavor in just a small, bite sized nugget. served with some blue cheese dressing they would make a great appetizer.
but i made these to pack up for lunch. i just divided them up about 4-5 per a serving along with some veggies and light blue cheese dressing. they microwaved wonderfully and they were surprisingly light yet filling.
to whip these bad boys up, start by combining all of the ingredients in a large bowl. there’s shredded chicken, cooked quinoa, an egg, panko breadcrumbs, buffalo sauce, blue cheese, mozzarella cheese, onion and green onion.
mix everything together…
then divide the mixture among 24 mini muffin cups. press the mixture down so it’s packed in there. this is important because otherwise the bites will just fall apart.
bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes.
taking the bites out of the pan can be a little difficult, but i found running a thin paring knife around the edge of each bite helps them pop out of the pan more easily. serve them with some blue cheese or ranch dressing and you’re done!
Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites
adapted from So Very Blessed
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
- 1 cup finely chopped cooked chicken
- 1/4 cup buffalo sauce (I used Frank’s)
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup blue cheese
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together all ingredients.
- Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (1 heaping Tbs each), and press down gently to compact.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Serve warm with blue cheese or ranch dressing.
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