The credit for this recipe really goes to my sister, who has opened my eyes to Daiya cream cheese style spread. In general, I have not been a huge fan of imitation products, like cheese made with rice protein, etc. I have tried a few, and always wonder who tasted them and thought that they could pass for the original. So I had seen the dairy free cream cheese spread at the store, but figured it would be a waste of money and never even tried it. A few weeks ago, however, my sister told me she had bought some and was thinking about how she wanted to use it. She ended up tossing chicken in it and buffalo sauce, and her whole family, including two small children, loved it. I picked some up at our next trip to the store, tried the same recipe, and fell in love. I now look for more opportunities to use the Daiya spread, but more on that another time.
I love this recipe for several reasons. First of all, it doesn’t taste like it contains “fake” anything. We used to eat buffalo chicken frequently by mixing cooked chicken with hot sauce and blue cheese dressing. My husband commented that he didn’t miss the blue cheese at all, and might have even thought I had used blue cheese if he didn’t know better. I also love this recipe because it is quick and easy. This is a meal that can be on the table in less than 20 minutes, which makes it a go-to for busy evenings after work. Finally, this chicken is super versatile. Like Rosemary Chicken, it can be eaten alone as an entrée, it can top a salad, or you can use toothpicks to turn it into an appetizer.
This seemed like the perfect time to post a recipe like this with the preparation I’m sure many are doing to create menu’s for football parties and tailgates for next weekend. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and delicious dairy and soy free appetizer for the big game, give this a try! It is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Buffalo Chicken Bites
2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp Daiya brand plain cream cheese style spread
2 Tbsp Frank’s Original Hot Sauce
- Trim the chicken of any obvious fat, and cut into bite sized pieces. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
- Cook the chicken in olive oil over medium heat until cooked through.
- Remove chicken to a medium bowl, and immediately add the Daiya spread. Stir until the spread has melted and coated the chicken pieces well.
- Add the hot sauce and stir well. To serve as an appetizer, insert a toothpick in each piece and place on a plate.