Buffalo chicken broccoli cheddar bites

If there could be a perfect football food, these buffalo chicken cheddar bites would be it. Although, no need to like football to enjoy them, I’ll gladly pop a few back without the tv on!

There’s precisely 1 sport I actually enjoy watching.


As someone who can pretty much just go straight when it comes to skates + ice, I’m mesmerized by hockey players. I also think it’s hilarious that it’s just perfectly acceptable to break out into a full on brawl just because someone got too close to your goalie. And then you go sit in a box for 5 minutes for “fighting” like you’re a 2 year old in a timeout. They should make them apologize and hug each other afterwards too.

Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Bites

The only problem with hockey?

The Stanley Cup just doesn’t elicit the same dedication America has to epic finger foods like the Super Bowl does.

Buffalo Chicken Bites

It might be the only thing football does right in my opinion, the food.

Buffalo Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Bites

So, if I’m gonna be forced to watch the stupid “big” game this Sunday, you can find me by the tray of these, face planted into buffalo chicken goodness.

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Buffalo chicken broccoli cheddar bites
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If there could be a perfect football food, these buffalo chicken cheddar bites would be it. Although, no need to like football to enjoy them, I'll gladly pop a few back without the tv on!
Recipe type: appetizer
Serves: about 2 dozen
  • 1½ cups shredded cooked chicken
  • ½ cup cooked white rice ("sushi" rice is best)
  • ½ cup cooked, finely chopped broccoli florets
  • ¾ cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • ⅓ cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour/meal
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • salt & pepper, to taste
For the dipping sauce
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • salt & pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a mini-muffin tin with baking spray.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together with a spatula until incorporated.
  3. Scoop out about 1½ - 2 tablespoons and roll into a ball. Place in mini-muffin tin.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes until set and starting to brown on top.
  5. Remove from the oven, let cool for a few minutes before removing from the tray, using a knife or fork to help pop them out as some of the cheese may have stuck to the tin.
  6. Serve warm with the dipping sauce and garnish with green onions.
For the dipping sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.



  1. Erin says

    These look like something my husband and his friends would LOVE! Just curious if you provide nutritional information for your recipes?

    • Running to the Kitchen says

      I don’t, Erin. There are plenty of sites online though that you can plug the recipe into to get a rough idea on nutritional info.

  2. Megan says

    Do you think these would stick together without the panko? Or do you have any suggestions for a gluten free alternative? These look so great, I totally want to try them out!!

    • Running to the Kitchen says

      I bet you could replace the panko with just more almond flour. Or, make your own breadcrumbs by pulsing up some gluten free bread in a food processor!

  3. says

    Aside from the obvious that this looks absolutely amazing and I want them, like, yesterday (can you make these on 15th?), I want to talk about the hockey timeout comment. If they had to hug it out afterwards I would watch that sht daily.

  4. says

    Hockey is about the only sport I’ll watch too. I think it has something to do with the fact that it’s entertaining. Watching those men duke it out on the ice is thrilling. These little bites look amazing, and so very creative. I’m gonna make this recipe happen.

  5. kate says

    Hi there! Do you think you could make these in advance into the balls, then refrigerate and bake the next day or is that ill advised?

  6. Ashley m says

    Found this recipe on Pinterest and love it! I even turned it into into a casserole so we could have it as a meal. For the casserole, I just added extra rice and broccoli and took out the flour. Delicious! Thanks for sharing it :)

    • Running to the Kitchen says

      So glad to hear! Love it when people put their own spin on a recipe, the casserole is a great idea!


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