Buffalo Chicken and Waffle Bites

Crispy popcorn chicken, coated in spicy buffalo sauce is balanced out with a drizzle of creamy ranch dressing and cool blue cheese crumbles, all on top of a fluffy little Belgian waffle bite and topped off with crunchy green onion. This twist on the classic chicken and waffles dish is so much fun and a total crowd pleaser! Serve it as a party appetizer, a game-day snack, or even turn it into a special occasion breakfast for dinner. Since football season began, I have been on a total buffalo kick, since it is my soon-to-be hubby's all time favorite. Last week I made him a super simple, buffalo chicken flatbread pizza, in about 15 minutes, that he devoured. Today I wanted to switch it up and do a fun play on chicken and waffles... BUFFALO STYLE!

The recipe comes together with a bunch of store bought items, for a really simple, yet impressive treat! I used my favorite box of Krusteaz Belgian Waffle Mix, to make a batch of the best fluffy waffles ever, but in miniature size and a bag of frozen popcorn chicken that I coated with some store-bought buffalo sauce, then I just garnished it with the finishing touches and they're done! You can secure them with a toothpick if desired, for easy to grab appetizers or plate them up on a platter for serving. How cute are they?! And they look so professional... no one will ever know if took like 10 minutes to put these together ;) I like to serve these little guys with some celery, ranch and a little extra buffalo sauce and ranch for dipping.

Buffalo Chicken and Waffle Bites


Prep

Prep Time: 25 min Total Time: 35 min Servings: 24 bites

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups Krusteaz Belgian Waffle Mix
3/4 cup water
1 large egg
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
24 frozen crispy popcorn chicken bites, cooked to package directions

Buffalo wing sauce
Ranch dressing
Blue cheese crumbles
1 green onion, chopped

Instructions

Heat and lightly grease waffle iron. Stir waffle mix, water, egg and oil together with a wire whisk until smooth. Let batter stand 2 minutes. Pour about 1 tablespoon of batter onto the corner of each quadrant of the waffle iron, to create mini waffle bites.

Cook waffles 2-3 minutes until golden brown (or follow waffle iron manufacturer’s cooking instructions). Place waffles on a plate. In a bowl, toss the chicken in buffalo wing sauce, until fully coated. Place one chicken bite on top of each mini waffle and top with a drizzle of ranch dressing, blue cheese crumbles and sliced green onion. Use a toothpick to secure, if desired.

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