Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Easy, Lighter, Buffalo Chicken with Blue Cheese Dressing

This was so tender and packed with flavor that we will be having it again very soon!
I made this spicy but not excruciatingly hot, you can use more hot sauce if you prefer, so if you like the flavor without a lot of heat this would be the one for you!
4 tablespoons hot sauce
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar (THM use dash stevia)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup bread crumbs (THM use almond flour or toasted Josheph's Pita crumbs)
2 teaspoons parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
additional hot sauce for serving
First whisk the first four ingredients in a large bowl and set the raw chicken tenders, turn to coat, refrigerate for 30 minutes to 8 hours, whichever fits your day.
 Not exactly appetizing photo...
Mix the crumbs, parsley, garlic, and salt in a flat, open container or plate. 
As you remove each piece of marinading chicken just drop it onto the crumb mixture, turn to coat well, and place on a cooling rack on a baking sheet.

Now bake in the oven, preheated to 400F. for 20 minutes or until the fattest one is no longer pink in the middle.
While baking, or the day before, whatever is convenient, make the dressing. This will keep in the fridge for several days.
Lighter Blue Cheese Dressing:
1/2 cup mayo
1/4 cup plain fat free yogurt or sour cream
3 tablespoons low fat buttermilk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 clove garlic
sprig parsley
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash black pepper
4 oz. crumbled blue cheese
 Everything except the blue cheese into a blender, or use a smart my hand blender :), and whirl away. Stir the crumbled blue cheese in last.
I served a salad with the chicken and used the dressing on both, YUM!
Chicken out of the oven, it appears a bit red but that's the hot sauce it soaked in, it is completely done, and has a wonderful fragrance, mmmmm.
 Crisp on the outside and moist inside, mildly spicy.

Drizzle dressing over chicken, a little more for dipping ;), a bit more hot sauce...Yowsa!

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