Move over sausage balls, we have a new favorite in town, and it's Spicy Chicken Cheeseballs!
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Parties and family gatherings around my neck of the woods usually involve sausage balls. Although sausage balls are delicious, it's time to change things up a bit, and these Spicy Chicken Cheeseballs do just that!
So what makes these so special?
It's literally the spice that the hot sauce adds. Not just any hot sauce will do though, which is why I use a version of the popular Sriracha sauce.
I use a brand called Tapatio's, that I picked up from Target one day. It's a salsa picante hot sauce, and it's by far the best, in my opinion for this recipe.
Can you use Sriracha?
Sure. If that's what you have on hand, go for it! If you love spicy, add in extra!
So one question that I get ask a lot with this recipe for Spicy Chicken Cheeseballs is...
Do I use raw chicken?
Yes! You're going to use the raw chicken just like you would raw sausage in the sausage balls.
If you're worried about your hands all in the raw chicken, grab a pair of disposable gloves, like these.
Can you use something other than Bisquick?
No! Bisquick, and my favorite organic brand by Arrowhead Mills, which by the way is gluten free, is made differently than all purpose or self rising flour. There are other ingredients that give it it's own unique flavor.
Can you freeze these? Yes, here are two options:
- Follow the recipe mixing the ingredients, forming the balls, and placing them on a parchment lined (or wax paper lined, if you aren't baking now) baking sheet. Pop in the freezer for two hours, to flash freeze them. Remove from the freezer, toss into a freezer safe zip top bag, and freeze until ready to bake. When you're ready to bake, place on a lined baking sheet, and add an additional 10 minutes to your baking time.
- You can bake these ahead of time, allow to cool completely, and freeze in a freezer safe zip top bag. When ready to heat and serve, place on a parchment lined baking sheet, and into a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until heated through.
These are perfectly tasty when served at room temperature, but I personally like them hot. You can reheat these easily in a 350 degree preheated oven in about 6 to 8 minutes.
I've been talking about serving these up for parties, but I've made them several times for dinner!
What do you serve them with for dinner?
I've served them with all of these below, usually a starch and a vegetable.
Mashed potatoes - Macaroni and Cheese - green beans - corn - peas
If you love pimento cheese, I suggest you take a look at my new version of these...Spicy Pimento Cheese Chicken Cheeseballs
Looking for more great ideas for those family gatherings, parties, etc? Check out these:
- 3 cups all purpose baking mix Bisquick or Arrowhead Mills brands have both been tested
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 2 tablespoons Tapatio Salsa Picante hot sauce
- 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- ½ cup milk
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- dash or salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Mix together all of the ingredients in a large bowl, either by hand or with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
- Once combined, form into small balls, approx 1 inch in diameter.
- Place on prepared baking sheet, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown with an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
*I fit mine all onto one large sheet pan, but mine were touching. I was ok with that. If you're not, by all means use two.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 290mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g