Buffalo Chicken and Veggie Patties
Y'all it is FOOTBALL SEASON, college already started and the NFL is starting in a couple days! Kickoff is on the 6th and you know that Texas will be at full attention on Sunday when both our teams will be playing. We were really into NFL football (we never got into college, I think because our schools were not active in football), my husband is a Denver Broncos fan and my heart will never stray from my New England Patriots. But then we had kids and sitting down with a bunch of snacks and watching the game was no longer realistic. The girls like watching it for a little bit and then they are ready for some princess singing or superhero kicking some villain a$$. If you just started your September Whole30 (way to go, such a great time to do it) you might be a little scared to go to social functions, especially a sporting event. These make it easy to enjoy and you can bring them along to help with the food at the gathering.
That is one of the best tips I can give about navigating Whole30 or healthy eating while still living your life to it's fullest. Either host the event so you can prepare foods you know you can eat or offer to bring something, this helps the host and you! If you are doing a spread at your place, set out some basics that everyone will enjoy and not think you are lacking the usuals. Fruit and vegetable platters are perfect because everyone likes to graze. Make a main that everyone can enjoy like a chili, tacos, or a hot dog bar; all easily adapted to suit everyone. Then have some nibbles like these buffalo patties, some potato skins, maybe some Nacho Fries, some BBQ ribs (use a compliant sauce), or maybe a good hot dip with veggies. I bet not a single guest will feel deprived or feel like they ate "healthy" food.
These patties pack the whole buffalo wing plate excluding the blue cheese! They have the carrots and celery you like to munch on in between wings. We have that delicious heat of the sauce in the patty and its great to pour over too for extra fire. Then swapping that blue cheese for ranch, no one is sad about it. I am not a huge fan of the mess a buffalo wing presents so these are right up my alley with the flavor and less mess! Portable is essential while watching the game and these are ready to run with to catch a touchdown. We also enjoyed these as a part of our breakfasts to mix it up a little. My kids also enjoyed them, with a little less buffalo sauce in them! Meal prepping these are so easy and they are versatile so you can make extra for after the party!
Buffalo Veggie Chicken Bites
1 lb ground chicken
6 Tablespoons almond flour
1 egg beaten
1/4 cup Buffalo Sauce (Frank's Red, New Primal, and Tessemae's are all compliant)
1 medium carrot (1/2 cup), diced small
2 stalks celery (1/2 cup), diced small
2 Tablespoons chopped green onions or 1 Tablespoon chives
2 1/2 Tablespoons mayo, homemade or compliant
1 teaspoon Onion Ranch powder
salt and pepper to taste
- Combine everything in a bowl and mix
- Use 1/4 cup measuring cup to make patties.
- Line a baking sheet with foil, spray with oil and arrange patties on the sheet.
- Broil 10 minutes, flip over and broil for 5-7 minutes more until cooked through. Serve with extra buffalo sauce and your preferred dip.
Make your cuts as small as possible, take your time with them, put some music on and enjoy the methodical task. Then grab your bowl and dump the veggies in with the flour and spices. I used the measuring cup for the buffalo sauce and to whisk up the egg and mayonnaise. Add the chicken and sauce and get in there with your hands.
I have a monster scoop that is 1/4 cup so I use that. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray, this will help them not scoop and less clean up which is always a win in my book. Scoop them all out and then go back with a spatula and press down to make patties. Broil for 10 and flip over for an additional 5.