Crispy Buffalo Chicken Bites

These crispy Buffalo Chicken Bites have the perfect touch of spice and are made totally gluten-free and paleo-friendly! Chicken breasts is cut up, dipped in batter and pan-seared before being coated in the easiest buffalo sauce. Perfect for an appetizer or for dinner when served with your favorite side.

Buffalo Chicken Bites
Crispy Buffalo Chicken Bites

Buffalo Chicken Bites are our new favorite appetizer, snack, or chicken dinner that nobody will guess is completely allergy-friendly! They are easy to make (watch the video below), and are both kid-friendly and a hit with adults as well. Serve with your favorite side for dinner or dish up for game day with ranch or blue cheese and all the cut up veggies.

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Buffalo Chicken Bites

How to Make Gluten Free Buffalo Chicken Bites

  1. Heat the oil. We use avocado but feel free to use whatever high heat oil you want.
  2. Whisk together the batter ingredients.
  3. Coat the chicken with the batter.
  4. Fry and then let excess oil drain on paper towels.
  5. Make buffalo sauce by heating hot sauce and butter (or ghee) together in a skillet. Whisk together until fully combined.
  6. Toss chicken with buffalo sauce.
  7. For extra crispy chicken broil for a few minutes.
  8. Serve immediately with vegetable crudités and your favorite dipping sauce.

Sides to Pair

Gluten free buffalo chicken pieces.

Watch the video:

Buffalo bites with celery and carrots.

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Crispy Buffalo Chicken Bites



Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 15 min
Total Time 25 minutes



Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. organic chicken
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil, or oil of choice

Batter

Sauce

Directions

  • In a skillet heat oil until hot*
  • Cut chicken into bite size pieces
  • In a bowl, combine batter ingredients
  • Place chicken into batter and toss until coated
  • Carefully place chicken into hot skillet
  • Let cook for 4-5 minutes on each side
  • Remove from skillet and place on plate lined with paper towels
  • In a skillet, heat hot sauce and butter over low heat until combined
  • Add in chicken and toss until coated
  • If you want your chicken extra crispy, after this step transfer chicken to a lined baking sheet and broil for 2-3 minutes on each side, watching carefully
  • Recipe Notes

  • *Splash a drop of water in the skillet, if it sizzles, it's hot and ready to go!

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    Crispy Buffalo Chicken Bites

    Raise your hand if you have an addiction to buffalo anything! If yes, you’re going to love these Buffalo Chicken Burgers. They’re spiced just right and perfect topped with tomato and avocado and wrapped in lettuce. They also happen to be gluten-free, paleo friendly and low carb!

    Spicy Chicken Burger recipe

    Buffalo Chicken Burger Recipe

    Let’s talk about how much we all love buffalo over here at Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. To start we’ve got Buffalo NuggetsBuffalo Sweet PotatoesBuffalo TendersBuffalo HummusBuffalo Chili and we could go on and on but we’ll move on to these delicious Buffalo Chicken Burgers! They’ve got that slight heat packed into a ground chicken burger and are so delicious it kind of makes you think they’re “bad” for you but they’re actually quite nutritious. Serve them up with lettuce and tomato in a low carb lettuce wrap or you can eat them like you would any other burger: in a bun! These also make great meal prep for the week ahead! 

    Here’s what’s in them:

    • Ground chicken
    • Egg
    • Onion
    • Scallions
    • Carrots
    • Hot Sauce
    • Garlic powder
    • Red pepper flakes
    • Sea Salt and Pepper

    Buffalo Chicken Burgers

    What to serve with Buffalo Chicken Burgers

    This is a pretty versatile dish. You can serve this with a side salad, or a cucumber salad which will help cool down the heat. Or you can serve this with a heartier salad like this Tomato Cucumber Salad with Crispy Chickpeas or Israeli Salad. This would also be great served with cauliflower rice!

    If you like this burger recipe, try these other favorites: 

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    Buffalo Chicken Burgers


    Yields 4
    Prep Time 10 min
    Cook Time 20 min
    Total Time 30 minutes



    Author: Lexi
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    Ingredients

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350°F.
    • In a food processor food processor combine carrots and onion; pulse to chop into small bits.
    • In a large bowl combine the vegetable mixture, ground chicken, egg, garlic powder, hot sauce, and salt & pepper.
    • Form into patties and bake for 20 minutes. Flipping halfway through.
    • Broil on high for 2 minutes at the end.

    Recipe Notes

    • Serve over lettuce, or in lettuce wraps with avocado, tomato, or any toppings you'd like!

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    Buffalo Chicken Burgers

    Cauliflower to the rescue again! These buffalo cauliflower nuggets made in the air fryer are downright addictive, with a crispy exterior coated in an easy spicy buffalo sauce. These easy vegetarian bites are gluten free and low carb, with an option to make it paleo and dairy free.

    Portion of gluten free buffalo cauliflowerAir Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

    Cauliflower has masqueraded as many different things here on LCK, such as hummus, hash browns, rolls and pizza bites. But these Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets, from the new Skinny Taste Air Fryer Cookbook might be a new favorite! They are easy to make, and fun to eat!

    If you don’t know my friend Gina, not only is she one of the kindness people I know, she works so hard, and her cookbooks are a total reflection of that dedication and work ethic! Her newest cookbook is no exception! Gina shares 75 of her best recipes that work in every type of air fryer, including basket models and countertop ovens with air fryer settings. I seriously am amazed at all of the things she makes happen in the air fryer! Not only is the cookbook amazing, but in true Gina fashion, she also has her very own AIR FRYER that you can go ahead and purchase now!

    This book is not only an amazing air fryer guide but of course it’s filled with with crave-worthy recipes for favorites such as:

    This book has plenty of swaps for dietary restrictions, including gluten free and is just all around a great resource.

    photo of skinny taste air fryer book

    Tips for Making Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

    1. Make sure to cut your cauliflower into similar sized pieces. The cook timing on this recipe is based off of bite sized pieces, which are around 1″ to 1-1/2″ pieces of cauliflower.
    2. Gina instructs to individually coat the pieces, instead of breading them inside of a bag or in large batches. It takes a little bit more time but is well worth it because these bites came out so crispy!
    3. There is no seasoning inside of the breading or egg because the hot sauce is quite salty, but feel free to add some garlic powder or pepper if you desire.
    4. If you want to make the buffalo sauce dairy free, substitute with ghee.
    5. Gina suggests serving this with blue cheese, but ranch would also work as well!

    breading gluten free cauliflower bites

    What type of air fryer should I get?

    1. Gina has her very own air-fryer launching in July, which you can grab here!
    2. We’ve used both the NuWave and the Phillips and both are great options.
    3. One we haven’t tried, but plan to, is a toaster-style one.

    Note: While we love our air fryer, you should know that they are not a small appliance, so just make sure you have the space! And in case you don’t, we went ahead and tested these baked for you!

    Can these be baked?

    If you don’t have an air fryer (YET!), these cauliflower bites can be baked on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper in a preheated 375ºF for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through, until cauliflower is tender.

    pouring buffalo sauce on low carb spicy cauliflower

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    Grab your copy of The Skinny Taste Air Fryer Cookbook here!


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    Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets

    Cauliflower to the rescue again! These buffalo cauliflower nuggets made in the air fryer are downright addictive, with a crispy exterior coated in an easy spicy buffalo sauce. These easy vegetarian bites are gluten free and low carb, with an option to make it paleo and dairy free.


    Yield 4
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 17 minutes
    Total Time 27 minutes
    Recipe Type: lunch, dinner
    Cuisine: gluten-free, low-carb, vegetarian

    Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
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    Ingredients

    • 3 large eggs, beaten
    • 1/2 cup almond flour, more if needed
    • 28 bite-size (about 1 inch) cauliflower florets (16 ounces)
    • Olive oil or avocado oil spray
    • 6 tablespoons Frank’s RedHot Sauce
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted (or ghee for dairy free/paleo)
    • Carrot sticks and celery, for serving (optional)

    Directions

    1. Preheat the air fryer to 380ºF.
    2. Place the eggs in small bowl. Place the almond flour in a separate medium bowl. Dip the cauliflower into the egg, then into the flour to coat, shaking off excess. Place on a sheet tray and spray both sides with oil.
    3. Working in batches. arrange a single layer of the cauliflower in the air fryer basket.
    4. Cook for 7-8 minutes, flipping halfway, until golden and tender.
    5. When all the batches are done, return all of the cauliflower to the air fryer and cook for 1-minute to heat through (for a toaster oven style air-fryer, cook at 350ºF; timing remains the same). 
    6. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with the hot sauce and melted butter.
    7. If desired, serve with celery and carrot sticks, and dipping sauce of choice.

    Recipe Notes

    1. This recipe comes from The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook (p. 122) and was reprinted with permission. This recipe shared reflects the alternative of almond flour instead of a gluten-free flour blend.
    2. Use more almond flour as needed.
    3. We recommend using avocado oil spray (that contains no added ingredients) for high heat cooking.

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    Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets

    These Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are so creamy, flavorful and delicious and make a great lunch or dinner! They also could be perfect as a make-ahead meal option. This buffalo chicken sweet potato recipe is nutritious and filling, gluten-free and optionally made Paleo and Whole30 by omitting the cheese.

    Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato on a sheet tray

    Buffalo Chicken Baked Sweet Potato

    Who doesn’t love potato skins? Nobody! Who doesn’t love potatoes skins that are made healthier but still with all the flavor? Can’t think of anyone! These healthier baked sweet potato skins are stuffed with a creamy buffalo chicken dip packed with extra veggies and nutrients. These are the perfect appetizer for a game day party, or a super delicious lunch or dinner. We love the portability of these and think they’d be a great make-ahead meal as well.

    Close up of sweet potato buffalo chicken

    What type of sweet potatoes are best for this recipe?

    We choose small to medium sweet potatoes to minimize the time roasting in the oven. You can choose larger ones, but they will take longer to roast. Just make sure they are all about the same size, and as round as you can get to fit in more of the buffalo chicken stuffing.

    Can you cook the sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot instead?

    You could, but it will likely take you the same amount of time to roast in the oven between the time it takes to come up to pressure and the time it takes to naturally release. Put the sweet potatoes on a basket and add 1 cup of water. You can use the steam function for 10 minutes, with a natural release.

    Skinny buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potatoes on a plate

    How can you store these Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes for meal prep?

    If you wanted to make these for a few days of lunches, complete the recipe as directed and then cool the broiled sweet potatoes completely before placing in a container in the fridge. We like using glass containers because they can double as a storage container and can be heated up in either a microwave or a toaster oven. These would taste better if heated up in a toaster oven, but if the only option when you are at work is a microwave that will work as well!

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    Healthy Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato Skins


    Yield 4
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 35 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes



    Author: Lexi
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    Ingredients

    • 4 sweet potatoes
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
    • 2 carrots, diced
    • 1 cup spinach
    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/4 cup Frank’s hot sauce
    • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded

    Directions

    1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees °F.
    2. Pierce sweet potato with a fork, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, or until soft.
    3. While the sweet potato is baking, saute onions, carrots, garlic, and scallions for 2-3 minutes, or until the onions turn translucent. Add in spinach and cook just until the spinach starts to wilt. Remove from heat, let cool, and place in a medium mixing bowl.
    4. Add shredded chicken, mayonnaise, hot sauce, and pepper to the sauted vegetables and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
    5. Once sweet potatoes are soft, carefully cut sweet potatoes in half and scoop out insides to make “boats.” Leave about 1/4 – 1/2 inch of flesh so they don’t become too fragile and difficult to handle.
      Set oven to a high broil.
    6. Fill the sweet potatoes with a heaping spoonful of shredded buffalo chicken. Top with cheddar cheese and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted. Serve hot!

    Recipe Notes

    Recipe updated March 2017


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    Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

    This Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip takes all the flavor of the your favorite hearty appetizer, but lightened up! Shredded chicken, buffalo sauce and veggies, this dip could also be served as main dish! It’s gluten-free and optionally dairy-free, as well.

    Healthy buffalo chicken dipHealthy Buffalo Chicken Dip

    You guys… this Buffalo Chicken Dip is my new obsession. It’s lighter and cleaner than your typical buff chicken dip but is SO hearty and delicious. We like to serve it at game day parties, but also as a main dish! Serve with chips and cut up veggies. I promise you’re going to love it!

    Light Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Ingredients for Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip

    What to Serve with Buffalo Chicken Dip

    I like to serve mine with a lot of cut up veggies! Some great choices are cucumbers, carrots, celery sticks, bell peppers. In addition to the veggies serve it with tortilla chips and crackers.

    Healthy buffalo chicken dip.

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