Who doesn’t love Superbowl food? Even if you can’t stand football, there’s no excuse for passing up another “this is a holiday, calories don’t count” day. These are a hodge-podged attempt at making a non-spicy version of buffalo turkey meatballs and they’re gluten-free to boot.
Source: inspired by I Breathe I’m Hungry‘s Buffalo Balls.
Gather up your stuff: ground chicken, cream cheese (only 2 oz.), mozzarella cheese, an onion, an egg, and black pepper. You’ll also need ingredients later for the sauce – that’s where the butter goes, but I didn’t read the whole recipe before photographing. Silly me.
Dump all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well, preferably using hands, until cream cheese is well incorporated. (Be sure to remove any rings or bracelets before this part; ground meat is impossible to get out of fine jewelry.)
Form into balls using a tablespoon measurement or small cookie scoop and place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Meanwhile, start your sauce. Begin with some butter, juice a lime, and dash in some garlic and seasonings. Minced garlic or fresh-pressed garlic would be even better, but any mix of Italian spices and ground garlic works just fine.
Add more butter. Seriously, do it. I ended up adding at least 6 tablespoons since I ran out of sauce after the first batch and had to make more. Having leftovers for dipping sauce is nice too.
Remove chicken bites from oven and dip/dunk/slather in garlic lime sauce. Return to pan and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes or until beginning to crisp and brown on the top. Serve with leftover sauce for dipping.
- 1lb ground chicken (or turkey)
- 2 oz cream cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 limes, juiced
- 4-6 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon seasoned garlic powder OR 1 teaspoon minced garlic/2 garlic cloves and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all chicken bites ingredients in a bowl and mix well with hands or spoon. Form into balls with tablespoon measurement and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, combine lime juice, butter, and seasonings in small saucepan and melt. Remove bites from oven, dunk in sauce, and return to pan. Bake for additional 10-12 minutes or until bites begin to brown. Serve with leftover sauce for dipping.
Makes approximately 24 chicken bites.
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