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Buffalo Chicken Bites (10.09.13)

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Posted at 10:01 AM, Oct 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-09 14:21:07-04

Sauce:

  • 4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Seasoning:

  • 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup flour

Chicken Bites:

  • 1 cup peanut oil
  • 1 1/2 pound boneless chicken breasts, cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • Celery and carrot sticks, for serving
  • 1 cup blue cheese dip or salad dressing for serving

For the sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Whisk in the hot sauce, sugar and vinegar until combined. Remove from the heat and set aside.

For the seasoning, mix together the cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, and flour on a plate.

Place chicken into flour and press down to adhere the flour. Heat the oil in a deep fryer or skillet--over medium-high heat (375 degrees). Remove chicken from the flour, shaking off any excess and place in hot skillet, in a single layer without crowding. Fry, turning once until golden crisp on all sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side, depending upon heat of the oil.

Remove the chicken from the oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat steps with remaining chicken.

Transfer the cooked chicken to a large mixing bowl, pour the sauce over the chicken and toss until coated. Pour off and reserve excess sauce.

Serve chicken bites with cut up celery and carrot sticks and blue cheese dip.