Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites with Blue Cheese Ranch Dipping Sauce

by / ⠀Main dishes Party foods Recipes Side dishes / February 13, 2013

These protein-loaded quinoa bites are perfect for snacking or as a party appetizer. With tangy cheese, buffalo sauce and a Greek yogurt bleu cheese dipping sauce, you can snack on these all day (if they last that long!).

Serves: 4


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar
  • 1/4 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the dipping sauce

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dried parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, blue cheese, garlic powder, dill, parsley, salt and pepper, to taste; set aside in the refrigerator.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a mini muffin pan or coat with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, chicken, goat cheese, sharp cheddar, buffalo sauce, Panko, egg, flour, salt and pepper, to taste.

3. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop the mixture evenly into the muffin tray, about 1 1/2 tablespoons for each. Place into oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden and set. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.


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    February 4, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Whats the nutrition value?

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    February 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Made these for a get together and they were Delicious! The sauce is much better if you let it sit over night, and I found the bites took longer to cook up than the recipe says. I plan on trying to make them smaller, and putting them on a cookie sheet to see how they bake. Oh, and if you want more of a kick to them, up the buffalo sauce – they were rather mild with 1/4c buffalo sauce.

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      Amanda Natividad
      February 21, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      That’s great, Sharyn! We’re so happy to hear you loved the recipe! It’s definitely one our favorites. 🙂

      -Amanda, NatureBox Editor

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    August 5, 2014 at 11:08 am

    what is buffalo sauce?

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    Jes Schell
    August 28, 2014 at 12:14 am

    freaking love these. I introduced my plain jane boyfriend and his semi adventurous daughter to Quinoa with this reciepe. Great app or a quick semi junk food feel meal. Considering were doing DASH diet with lil to no sugar and starches this is perfect.

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      Amanda Natividad
      September 11, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      Woohoo! Thank you for sharing, Jes!

      -Amanda, NatureBox Editor

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    December 26, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Does anyone know a way to work around the goat cheese? I HATE goat cheese :p but these sound great otherwise. Maybe burrata or cream cheese?

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    December 28, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    cet recette avec le fromage de chevre et quinoa est ce qu il me faut, mais sans la farine de ble, je suis pour les recettes sans gluten. nailouchka

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    March 10, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Emma – I added cheddar cheese instead of goat cheese. We loved these. Very tasty!

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    Sue S
    March 12, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    I used cream cheese instead of goat cheese and they came out great.

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    October 30, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    These sound yummy! One reviewer stated they were quite mild in the buffalo department; in that case, I think I will also add Buffalo sauce to the dipping sauce.

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    March 29, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Can u leave out the cheaddar cheese in the bites?
    and also for the dip, is buffalo sauce like a marinade u usually use for barbeque? and also can u use fresh parsley and dill? and does the blue cheese add smt amazing to the flavour or can u leave it out as my boyfriend is a cheese o fobic. hehe

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    Regina Hamilton
    September 22, 2016 at 3:31 am

    How do I print it to make it .

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