Monday, September 24, 2012

Skinny Recipe Makeover: Buffalo Chicken Cigars

Charlie and I are on a health kick.  I know, I'm ticked off too.  I really wanted to make my buffalo chicken cigars for Super Bowl Sunday but they aren't really skinny friendly.  This could be a problem.  A real problem. 

I understand our blog readers don't want to read about my kale and balsamic salad (and neither would I) so I've decided to take some of our most popular recipes and give them a skinny twist.  That brings us to, the Skinny Recipe Makeover Series.

If it isn't enthusiastically hungry and husband approved, I will not post it.  

I promise.  Hardly Housewives pinky promise.

There is no ingredient shot because I didn't totally know what I was going to make.  Don't worry.  I got ya.

6 Large Egg Roll Wrappers 
1/2 Lbs of Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs 
1/2 Tsp of Garlic Powder 
1/4 Cup Hot Sauce 
Cooking Spray 
1/3 Cup Reduced Fat Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 Tbs of Reduced Fat Sour Cream 

Begin by brushing off the excess flour with a dry pastry brush.  You can also use a dry kitchen rag (that's what I did).  Next, cut 4 rounds with a small cookie cutter. 

I only made 16, but the recipe detailed above is for 24.  Gently press each of the rounds into a mini muffin pan and spray individually with cooking spray.  Crisp in a 375 degree oven for 2-4 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.  Watch these carefully - they crisp up fast.

 I'm a huge fan of boneless, skinless chicken thighs.  The dark meat has so much flavor.  You can definitely use white meat as well, but it's a bit drier and won't really make a difference calorie wise. Chop up the chicken so it cooks evenly...but we'll chop it up more after it's done cooking.  You can also use ground chicken or ground turkey.  Whatever your little healthy heart desires.

Throw the chicken in a non stick skillet that's been sprayed with cooking spray.  Sprinkle some garlic powder and then add the hot sauce.  Sautee on high until the chicken is cooked through - about 4-5 minutes.

 Add the chicken to a clean cutting board and finely dice it.  Add to a bowl with the cheese and the sour cream.

Stir it up.

Now, plate it up.  I garnished each with some homemade low fat blue dressing and some finely chopped celery.  I used my Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing except I used Light Hellman's mayonnaise and reduced fat sour cream and skim milk.  BOOM.

These were SO GOOD.  Like really, really really good.

Let's take a closer look...shall we?

Crunchy munchy licious baby.

Mmmmm totally delicious and a perfect healthy appetizer for company.  No one will even know.

34 calories per piece.  Weight Watchers Points Plus:  1 point per piece.  Complete nutrition below.

What recipes do YOU guys want made over?  Let us know and stay hungry!


  1. These look so awesome. I love the healthy spin. Thanks for putting the nutritional facts on there too! Such a great idea.

  2. Oooh I'm excited to see what you come up with, since these look delicious and not just "healthy".

  3. These look awesome! So looking forward to the skinny series!


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