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You can just about always find buffalo chicken wings in any tailgate spread on game day, but I thought this classic needed a little bit of a twist.

While my husband loves his chicken wings dripping in spicy buffalo sauce, my son prefers them without any, and I only like just the hint of the buffalo flavoring.

So, similar to Goldilocks, I tried and tried different ways until I found the one that was just right.

Tip #1, only use the chicken drummettes. It just keeps them easier to eat and guess what else? You don’t wind up having to pick through for any meat!

Tip #2, serve them naked. Don’t dip them in any sauce or pour the buffalo sauce over them. This lets each person have their chicken bites the way they want them!

Tip #3, have lots of sauce options! Make a large bowl of classic buffalo sauce, blue cheese dip with large bits of blue cheese, and my personal favorite – buffalo ranch dip.

And here’s the best tip of all – cook plenty! They disappear fast!

Game Day Chicken Bites Recipe

Appetizers 50 mins

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Servings 12
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone
A twist on the classic buffalo wings so popular on Game Day!


  • 5 pounds chicken drumettes
  • cooking oil
  • salt and pepper


  • Pour cooking oil into a cast iron skillet until the oil reaches about 2 inches on the side of the skillet.
  • Heat oil over medium heat until a drop of water dripped into the oil sizzles.
  • Place chicken in skillet in an even layer. Do not allow the chicken to touch.
  • Cook on one side for about 3-5 minutes. Turn and cook on the other side.
  • Remove from the skillet and drain on a cooling rack placed on a kitchen sheet pan. Place the sheet pan in a 200 degree oven.
  • Continue until all chicken has been cooked.
  • Serve warm with your favorite sauces.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 227kcal | Protein: 19g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 159mg | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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Recipe Review


  1. Mmmm haven’t had anything like this in years! I love how you came to what does look like the perfect recipe and the perfect snack in front of a …. rugby match.

  2. Great idea – serve them plain and let each person customize according to their preference. I like that! Also – that buffalo ranch dip sounds interesting!