Tell me what you all think about these healthy Buffalo Popcorn Chicken Bites~!
BUFFALO POPCORN CHICKEN BITES
- 2 cups Heart Smart Bisquick Pancake Mix; divided
- 1 cup water
- 8-12 teaspoons hot sauce
- 1-1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup Marie's Lite Blue Cheese Dressing
- 2 scallions, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon course black pepper
- Cut celery and carrot sticks
- Fat Free cooking spray
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a wide mixing bowl combine 1-1/2 cups of the Heart Smart Bisquick mix, 1 cup water and about 6 teaspoons hot sauce. Place the remaining plain 1/2 cup pancake mix in another wide mixing bowl. Arrange the batter and the bowl of plain pancake mix near the prepared baking sheet you plan on using; some sort of assembly line.
Toss the chicken pieces in 2 teaspoons of hot sauce then toss in the plain pancake mix, coat evenly and shake off excess. The plain dry pancake mix will help the batter stick to the chicken pieces. Add some of chicken to the batter, in batches. Using a fork, toss the bites in the batter. Remove the first batch from the batter, shaking off the excess batter as you carefully add them to the prepared baking sheet. Leave a little space in between so the bite don't cook together (like cookies if they are too close).
Making a comparison on nutritional facts was tough on this one. The original recipe calls for vegetable oil for frying, but it doesn't give an exact amount. Plus, it isn't like you take in all the oil used for cooking as you would if the oil were in a cake or dressing. Same with the batter. You will have leftover batter too; which makes doing an accurate analysis tough. So, the best I could do was to find nutritional facts on "fried boneless buffalo wings" and use those as our estimate of what the recipe looked like before. For both the before and after, only the nutritional facts for the Popcorn Bite itself is figured, not the dressing. I will leave your dip up to you. Any store bought brand will have accurate facts on the back, so just check the label first.
An average serving of 6 fried boneless buffalo wings looks like this, nutritionally speaking...
BEFORE: 528 calories; 36g fat; 18g carbohydrate; 30g protein (from http://www.fatsecret.com/)
NUTRITION FACTS (per serving w/out dressing): 233.3 calories; 3.76g fat; 27.36g carbohydrate; 23.93g protein; 1.3g fiber
Baking this fun tailgating treat instead of frying it allows you to keep all the flavor, and forget all the guilt! Enjoy!