January 26, 2020

Easy Buffalo Chicken Bites (Whole30, Paleo, Grain-Free)

These healthy grain-free buffalo chicken bites are the perfect party appetizer or snack. These crispy bites are cooked to perfection and then coated in buffalo sauce. Not only is this recipe delicious, it is also gluten-free, Whole30 compliant, Paleo-friendly, and egg-free!

Easy Buffalo Chicken Bites with celery and ranchEasy Buffalo Chicken Bites

Healthy Grain-Free Buffalo Chicken Bites

Crispy buffalo chicken bites! 

You all know that I am a big fan of anything buffalo flavored. From wings, to chicken salad, to meatballs, buffalo sauce is one of my absolute favorite condiments. 

These healthy grain-free buffalo chicken bites are another delicious way to use buffalo sauce and get your buffalo chicken fix! They make the perfect lunch, snack, appetizer to serve at your next party. 

Not only are these buffalo chicken bites delicious, they use cassava flour for the breading instead of traditional flour so they are entirely gluten-free, grain-free, and Paleo compliant. Make a big batch for your next party and I bet they will be gone almost instantly! 

What is Cassava Flour? 

These buffalo chicken bites use a grain-free flour called cassava flour to for the outside crispy coating. Cassava flour is made from the cassava plant (also called yuca), which is a root vegetable native to South America. 

If you have ever used arrowroot starch or tapioca flour, they are actually made from starch that has been extracted from the cassava root. Cassava flour is made from the whole cassava root after it has been peeled, dried, and then ground into a fine flour. 

cassava flour, onion powder, paprika, and salt in white bowl

Is Cassava Flour Gluten Free? 

Yes! Cassava flour is naturally gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, and Paleo compliant. Out of all naturally gluten-free flours, cassava flour is the most similar to wheat flour. 

It has a soft, powdery texture and is not grainy at all, which resembles more traditional flour. Cassava flour also has a very neutral flavor, which makes it the perfect gluten-free flour to use in a breading or coating, like in this recipe. 

Easy Buffalo Chicken Bites in a white baking dish

How to Make Boneless Buffalo Chicken Bites

Step 1: The first step in making this recipe is to prepare the chicken. To do this, just use a sharp knife to cut the chicken breasts into nugget sized pieces. Try to make the pieces roughly the same size so that the chicken cooks evenly. 

raw chicken breast in glass bowl

Step 2:  Make your coating by adding  the cassava flour, salt, and spices to a small bowl. Use a fork to mix everything well. 

Step 3: In small batches add the chicken to the cassava flour mixture and use your hand to coat the chicken. You want the chicken to be completely coated in the flour and spice mixture. 

raw chicken in cassava flour in a white bowl

Step 4: Now it is time to pan-fry the chicken. Add the coconut oil to a pan heated over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, pan fry the chicken pieces for roughly 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Do this in small batches to ensure that you don’t overcrowd the pan. 

When the chicken is done cooking, remove it from the pan and transfer it to a wire baking rack to drain. To keep the chicken warm, you can transfer the rack to a 200 degree oven while you finish the remaining batches.

Easy Buffalo Chicken Bites on a wire rack

Step 5: When all of the chicken is done, transfer it to a serving dish and drizzle with the buffalo sauce. Toss, the chicken in the sauce and serve immediately with your favorite ranch dressing and celery sticks! 

Easy Buffalo Chicken Bites on a white plate with celery

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Easy Buffalo Chicken Bites (Whole30, Paleo, Grain-Free)

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

Method

  1. Prepare the chicken. Use a sharp knife to cut the chicken breasts into nugget sized pieces. Make the pieces roughly the same size so that the chicken cooks evenly.

  2. Make the coating by adding the cassava flour, salt, and spices to a small bowl. Use a fork to mix everything well.

  3. In small batches add the chicken to the cassava flour mixture and use your hand to coat the chicken. You want the chicken to be completely coated in the flour and spice mixture.

  4. Add the coconut oil to a pan and heat over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, pan fry the chicken pieces for roughly 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Do this in small batches to ensure that you don’t overcrowd the pan.

  5. When the chicken is done cooking, remove it from the pan and transfer it to a wire baking rack to drain. To keep the chicken warm, you can transfer the rack to a 200 degree oven while you finish the remaining batches.

  6. When all of the chicken is done, transfer it to a serving dish and drizzle with the buffalo sauce. Toss, the chicken in the sauce and serve immediately with your favorite ranch dressing and celery sticks! Enjoy!

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    3 comments
  1. These are amazing! I made them for my daughter last night and she loved them (and she can be fussy:(). They were easy to prep in advance and then pop in the oven. Processing the crumbs really helped the coating stay on. Thanks!

  2. This is so good! I love all things buffalo and this is one of the best buffalo bite recipes I’ve ever made!

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