Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites with Blue Cheese Ranch Dipping Sauce

These protein-loaded quinoa bites are perfect for snacking or as a party appetizer. With tangy cheese, buffalo sauce and a Greek yogurt bleu cheese dipping sauce, you can snack on these all day (if they last that long!).

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Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar
  • 1/4 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the dipping sauce

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dried parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, blue cheese, garlic powder, dill, parsley, salt and pepper, to taste; set aside in the refrigerator.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a mini muffin pan or coat with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, chicken, goat cheese, sharp cheddar, buffalo sauce, Panko, egg, flour, salt and pepper, to taste.

3. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop the mixture evenly into the muffin tray, about 1 1/2 tablespoons for each. Place into oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden and set. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.

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