Great Tastes of Manitoba

Blue Moon Chicken Bites

| Servings: 45 meatballs

Ingredients

Bites

  • 2 lbs (1 kg) ground chicken
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) panko crumbs
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) grated carrot
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) melted butter
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) Franks hot sauce
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) EACH salt and pepper

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) Franks hot sauce
  • 1 cup (250 mL) blue cheese dressing
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) crumbled blue cheese

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken with the Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, panko crumbs, carrot, garlic, green onion, Franks hot sauce and salt and pepper.
  2. Moisten hands with water or lightly coat with oil, shape chicken mixture into 1-inch meatballs and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Mixture should make about 45 meatballs and will likely require 2 cookie sheets to fit all the meatballs.
  3. Heat oven to 375F.
  4. Bake meatballs for 45-50 minutes, turning halfway through the cooking time.
  5. Using a meat thermometer, test one of the meatballs to ensure they are cooked through. Meatballs should read temperature of 175F and should be lightly browned on the outside.
  6. Remove meatballs from oven and transfer to a large glass or metal bowl and keep warm.
  7. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the ½ cup hot sauce, blue cheese dressing and the crumbled blue cheese.
  8. Microwave for 30 seconds, and mix well.
  9. Pour ½ the blue cheese sauce over the meatballs and toss lightly to coat.
  10. Serve meatballs on cocktail picks with the rest of the blue cheese sauce for dipping, along with a little extra hot sauce for those who like a little extra heat.

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