Spiced Chicken Bites with Chipotle Lime Dipping Sauce


As I’ve mentioned before, the man in this house cannot live on vegetables alone. That was made evident very recently by the joy expressed when I presented him with Bacon Waffles. Truth be told, I enjoyed the heck out of them as well. That being said, I am constantly on the hunt to find a healthified version of one of his favorites: chicken wings. The chicken wing can be a thing of beauty in that it packs huge flavor and spice in a tiny package. Unfortunately, those tiny packages also pack a huge double whammy of fat and calories.

It’s obvious that the first place one can cut some of the “bad” stuff out is to use white meat chicken, eliminate the skin, and skip the deep fat frying. This recipe from Life’s Ambrosia got me halfway there, and I filled in the other two points by trading wings for chunks of chicken breast. The result was a deliciously spicy grown up chicken nugget of sorts. Paired with the Chipotle sauce and you have the perfect equation for an empty serving platter. We had these as our dinner with some corn on the cob and watermelon, but I think they would make a great appetizer during football season, or just about any other time for that matter.


Ingredients:

Chicken Bites:

  • 1 ½ lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into roughly 1″ cubes
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • ½ tsp Cumin
  • ½ tsp Chili Powder
  • ¼ tsp Chipotle Powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • ½ cup Plain Bread Crumbs

Chipotle Lime Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 cup Non-fat Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cup Reduced Fat Mayo
  • 2 to 3 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 1 tsp Vinegar
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt

Directions:

Chicken Bites:

  1. Rinse and pat dry the chicken wings.
  2. In a bowl combine garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt and olive oil in a bowl. Sprinkle over the chicken wings and toss to coat completely. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. After the wings have marinated, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Mix panko and plain dry bread crumbs in a bowl. Press marinated wings into the bread crumbs to coat completely.
  5. Place on a baking sheet and bake 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and bread crumbs are golden brown. Transfer to a serving platter and serve.

Chipotle Lime Dipping Sauce:

  1. Combine yogurt, mayonnaise, chipotle peppers, lime juice, vinegar and kosher salt in a food processor.
  2. Process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Serve.

 

Chicken Bites: Servings – 6 / WW Points – 5 pts per serving

Chipotle Lime Dipping Sauce: Servings – 16 / WW Points – 1 pt per 2 Tbsp serving

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