Buffalo Chicken Bites

Some of the most popular recipes on my blog are the series of bites or savory mini muffins like cheeseburger, pizza, and taco. Maybe it’s how easy they are to make and reheat, their macro friendliness,  or their level of diggity in the flavor department. Whatever the reason, these buffalo chicken bites should fit right in. 

With 45 calories, 4 grams of protein, and 2 grams of carbs each, they fit into any day. You can reheat them at work for a snack, serve with veggies as a main course, or make a big batch for your next get together.

The possibilities are endless! 

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Buffalo Chicken Bites Ingredient Modifications

Like my other bites recipes, these buffalo chicken bites combine a primary protein—in this case ground chicken—with eggs and breadcrumbs to make crispy mini muffins. 

Ground Chicken 

I typically use a lower fat ratio than the 92/8 ground chicken I used for these buffalo chicken bites, but that can be tough to find with ground chicken. If you’ve seen me use 97/3 ground chicken like in my Nashville Hot Chicken Burgers, it came from HEB. 

You can use a leaner cut of ground turkey if you have trouble finding lean ground chicken and want to save some fat and calories. 

cooking the buffalo ground chicken for buffalo chicken bites

Onion and Garlic

Unlike some of my other bites recipes, these buffalo chicken bites have fresh vegetables cooked into the meat. These do a great job at limiting the saltiness that can come with buffalo sauce and ranch seasoning. They also add a bit of volume, stretching the number of bites from the usual 24 to 32. 

While the onion is optional, you may need to tweak the amount of seasoning used to avoid an overly salty finished product. 

Bonus Tip: How to Fix a Salty Dish

You can balance out salty dishes in a few different ways. Dilution is one of the easiest methods, but you can’t really add much in volume to these chicken bites. Adding sweetness via a sweetener or acidity via citrus or in the Greek yogurt dip would be my recommended method for a recipe like this. 

Making Your Own Ranch Seasoning

Speaking of salt, if you wanted a less salty option for ranch dip, you could fashion your own ranch seasoning with dried parsley, chives, dill, and buttermilk powder. There’s a bit of garlic and onion powder in ranch seasoning but you may not need it with the addition of fresh onion and garlic. 

If you want a full recipe, check out Low Carb Maven’s homemade ranch seasoning.

buffalo chicken bites before baking

The Cheese, Eggs, and Breadcrumbs

This trio binds everything together and makes the buffalo chicken bites more crispy muffin than meatball. You can, however, make a few substitutions:

  • Using egg whites in place of the eggs will reduce the fat and calorie content without a very noticeable difference. 
  • Any cheese will work, though mozzarella or monterey jack are both softer, not-so-salty cheeses that I’d recommend. Some of my other bites recipes use parmesan, which crisps more when baked but is quite salty. 
  • Using crushed pork rinds or chicharrones is probably the easiest breadcrumb substitute for lower carb, gluten free buffalo chicken bites. 

How to Make the Buffalo Ranch Greek Yogurt Dip

You can dip your buffalo chicken bites in whatever you want but if you wanted a simple dip that uses two of the ingredients you’ll already have on hand, here ya go: 

  • 1/2 C Fat Free Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp Light Mayo (optional) 
  • 2 Tbsp Buffalo Sauce
  • 1 tsp Ranch Dip Mix

The light mayo makes the dip creamier and adds a bit of flavor, but the dip works fine without it. You could also swap the mayo for a bit of blue cheese like I used in the spread for the sandwich in my Instant Pot buffalo chicken recipe

Final Notes for Buffalo Chicken Bites 

These chicken bites are best when reheated in the oven or an air fryer for 3-5 minutes, though the microwave works just fine. If you’re wondering what to serve them with, here are a few ideas:

And that’s it. Enjoy! 

buffalo chicken bites with low fat greek yogurt dip

Buffalo Chicken Bites

Yield: 32 chicken bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

45-calorie ground chicken poppers with low fat buffalo ranch Greek yogurt dip.


Buffalo Ground Chicken

  • 1 lb Ground Chicken (92/8)
  • 1/2 medium (125g) Sweet Onion, diced
  • 3-5 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 C (120g) Frank's RedHot Buffalo Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp (10g) Ranch Dip Mix
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Buffalo Chicken Bites Mixtures

  • 4 large Eggs, or 1 cup of liquid egg whites
  • 1/2 C (56g) Shredded Mozzarella, or your choice of cheese
  • 1/2 C (56g) Breadcrumbs, or crushed pork rinds for low carb chicken bites


  1. Preheat oven to 400F and prepare two 24-muffin tins or silicone molds. (The recipe makes 32 mini muffin-size chicken bites. You can make any size you like, though.)
  2. Add the ground chicken, diced onion, and minced garlic to a pan over medium high heat. Fully cook the chicken before adding the ranch, pepper, and buffalo sauce.
  3. Continue cooking over medium high heat until the mixture thickens, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Whisk the eggs together before adding to the cooked chicken mixture along with the shredded cheese and breadcrumbs. Stir well.
  5. Spoon the mixture into 32 slots in the muffin tins/molds. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until the buffalo chicken bites are slightly brown around the edges and bottoms. (If the tops begin to brown too much before the bottoms are no longer soggy, cover with foil and continue cooking.)
  6. Briefly cool before removing from the molds to finish cooling. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container.


  • Each buffalo chicken bite has 1 Smart Point.
  • 4 buffalo chicken bites have 180 calories, 17g of protein, 8g of carbs, 9g of fat, and 4 Smart Points. 
  • With egg whites in place of eggs, 4 buffalo chicken bites have 160 calories, 17g of protein, 8g of carbs, 7g of fat, and 4 Smart Points.
  • For the buffalo ranch dip (140 calories, 11g protein, 7g carbs, 7g fat for all of it)
  • I have the silicone muffin molds and other kitchen tools and products I use on my Amazon list.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 chicken bites Serving Size: 1 chicken bite
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 2.2gCarbohydrates: 1.9gProtein: 4.2g

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21 thoughts on “Buffalo Chicken Bites”

  • Perdue makes ground chicken breast that is 98% lean if you want a leaner ground chicken option! I use it to make patties or meatballs for meal prep since Turkey makes me sick. It’s been a game changer for me! Can’t wait to try these!

      • I live in New York so we have different supermarkets, but I’ve found it in Stop and Shop, Shoprite, and King Kullen so far. Bell and Evans also makes 99% ground breast if you can find that one somewhere as another option.

  • I don’t have mini muffin tins. Would these work if I just rolled them into bite sized balls?

  • These are on regular rotation in our home! I’ve made them 4 weeks in a row because my husband and I both enjoy them! Nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated! Thank you Mason for doing all the hard work in the kitchen to develop these incredible recipes! This recipe and your other “bites” recipes are SO flexible for anyone tracking macros. I keep a staple like these in the house for grab-n-go snacks or even multiple bites to build a meal! They freeze well and travel well too!

  • These are so good and so easy to make! I separate some of the mix before I add the buffalo sauce to make some for my 1 year old. He loves them too! They’re great to keep in the fridge to grab and go or as a snack! The macros are great so you get the satisfaction of wings without any of the guilt!

  • LOVE these!!! I am not however an onion lover so I swapped out the diced onion for a tad bit of onion powder and the result was just as wonderful!

  • Love that I’ve found your Blog and all the tasty recipes. This one was a favorite of my husband’s (and mine). We paired it with a healthy slaw. Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes. Thx!

  • I made these instead of my normal game day buffalo chicken dip this week. I used a regular muffin size not the mini and had to cook them a little longer because the bottoms were still soggy. I will definitely be trying this recipe again next weekend using the mini size.

  • Bites are some of my favorite Mason recipes!! I love these because they’re super easy and quick to make, plus the ingredients are ones I always have on hand! I add Tony’s seasoning to the mix too.

  • One of the first Mason recipes I made and looooooved. They were super tasty and easy to reheat for lunches throughout the week. I used a metal muffin pan but I would definitely recommend using silicone and spraying liberally so they don’t stick. I struggled getting mine out and then ended up throwing my pan out because it was hard to clean. I still got to enjoy them and they were fabulous. They’re fine on their own but then the dip is just *chef’s kiss*

  • I love how all of masons bite recipes are super easy to make, besides throwing everything in a bowl the only other thing you need to go is cook the meat! I used a regular muffin tin so I cooked them a few minutes longer. These are good, but I am a huge fan of his pizza bites!

  • Seriously so flipping good!! Made them for dinner for work as my protein source and I did not tire of them (normally I get bored eating the same thing a few times)! You can pair it with basically anything, adjust the spice to your liking, and you’re good to go! DO NOT MISS OUT ON THESE!!!

  • These were awesome! I made them in the mini muffin pans and I doubled the recipe to have leftovers. Next time I want to try the lower carb version, but they were quite tasty with the bread crumbs. I did mine a little longer because I like then really crispy!

  • Awesome! I made these in regular muffin pans and it made about 16 total. I cooked them a little longer because of this and they turned out great! Super easy to pop back in the air fryer for a few minutes the next couple of days.

  • These are absolutely perfect. Somehow, I ended up making 42 bites but hey, whatever, it made it feel like there were more to eat. I stuffed them in a pita with greek yogurt ranch sauce and some arugula, I threw a few on a salad and a couple times I just ate them straight up. These beautiful bites are now a staple in my meal prep every week.

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