Baked Buffalo Popcorn Chicken are so addictingly crispy, better than any chicken nugget! Dunked in buffalo sauce then baked with spiced panko and cornmeal. And the creamy Honey Buffalo Dip is heavenly!
“These are your best yet.”
Patrick’s famous last words before he started stuffing his face with crispy Buffalo Popcorn Chicken.
And before I started stuffing my face with crispy Buffalo Popcorn Chicken.
Dunk the buffalo bites in the Creamy Buffalo Honey Dip and you’re a goner. So creamy and luscious, slightly sweet and as spicy or not spicy as you like. I am in love with this dip. I am so in love with this dip and this chicken together. You can’t just have one piece. You can’t just have 5 pieces. You might as well pull up a chair because you are going to at least have 20 pieces. I’m just sayin’.
These spicy morsels are so good, I was actually nibbling and dunking the leftovers straight from the refrigerator, cold. I just couldn’t leave them alone long enough to microwave for 45 seconds. And truth be told, there would have been ZERO leftovers, but I had to redo some of my pics with better lighting. The first pics probably would have been fine, but when dubbed “your best ever” by my food critic, I thought I needed some better pics. So the full basket below is from day 1. The rest are from day 2, propping the chicken up so the baskets look full. They are not. The chicken was doing a happy dance in my stomach.
I pretty much think these buffalo bites are perfect for any occasion: the most delectable baked snack, the hero appetizer at game day or any party, or add some veggies on the side and you have yourself a meal – my kind of meal, Patrick’s kind of meal and most definitely your kids kind of meal.
I originally thought of making buffalo chicken nuggets, but I am so glad I went with bite size, because popcorn chicken is even more delicious than chicken nuggets. Not only can you pop the entire bite into your mouth one at a time, but the small pieces are more tender and more easily soak up the egg/buffalo bath (no need to marinate!) and allow more surface area for crispy breading – but not just any breading – cumin, chili powder, paprika spiced breading made extra crispy with the combination of panko and cornmeal. An explosion of crispy flavor fireworks!
And now I know why it’s called “popcorn” chicken …
So addicting, you won’t be able to stop popping these crispy on the outside, tender on the inside morsels into your mouth. So good, you’ll be eating the leftovers cold.
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