Buffalo Chicken Bites
I frequently double the 'stuffing' amount and serve these for dinner. Just roll the ropes out a bit longer and wider.
Also great as BBQ Chicken Bites: just substitute your favorite BBQ sauce for the hot sauce, eliminate the Blue Cheese, and increase the amount of cheddar.
- 1 cup finely diced cooked chicken breast
- 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup hot sauce (Frank's brand is what I used)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 2 1/4 teaspoons rapid rise dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup warm milk ( I used 2%)
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
In a small sauté pan, add milk, butter, brown sugar. Warm over low heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Place in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.
Add 2 1/2 cups flour and yeast to the stand mixer and mix on low speed until a soft dough forms, adding up to 1/2 cup additional flour, a little at a time, if necessary. Allow the dough to knead in the stand mixer for 5-7 minutes. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead a few times to form a smooth ball. Place dough into a clean bowl that's been lightly oiled. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled and bubbles appear on surface, about 2 hours.
To make the buffalo chicken mixture: in a small sauce pan over medium heat, combine butter and hot sauce and warm until the butter is melted. In a bowl, combine the chicken, blue cheese, cheddar cheese, hot sauce with melted butter; set aside.
Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut into 4 equal pieces. Lightly dust your hands with flour, then gently roll and stretch 1 piece of dough to form a 12-inch-long rope. Flatten dough and arrange so a long side is nearest you, then roll out to a roughly 12- by 4-inch rectangle with a lightly floured rolling pin. Gently press one fourth of buffalo chicken mixture into lower third of rectangle, leaving a 1/2-inch border along bottom edge. Stretch bottom edge of dough up over filling and press tightly to seal, then roll up as tightly as possible to form a rope. Cut rope into 12 pieces and transfer to a sheet pan. Make 3 more ropes with remaining dough, filling and cut into pieces, transferring to sheet pans. Let rest at room temperature, uncovered, 30 minutes (dough will rise slightly).
Bake buffalo chicken bites in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned. Remove from oven (some cheese may have melted out.) and brush tops with melted butter before serving (optional).