Saturday, 20 April 2013

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Fries

There are certain flavours that I just can't stop myself from wanting to eat again and again.  My favourite flavour combo du jour combines Frank's 'Red Hot Buffalo Wing' sauce and blue cheese.  This weekend this culinary combo is the Will to my Kate, the PB to my J, morning coffee to my sanity.  In a sentence ... it completes me. 

Now, I'm not a fan of burn-your-face-off hot and spicy {I'm a wuss} but there's just something about the flavour and the right amount of heat that's in Frank's famous sauce.  The man has it going on when it comes to chicken wing sauce.  Oh ya.  Add in some fries and two kinds of ooey-gooey cheese and I'm in luurve.

With Brad and Boy 1 gone for the weekend {they're leading a Cub camp up north} I thought I'd just make something easy for Boy 2 and Missy Moo for supper and take some time to bring together my favourite flavours for my own fine self.  The two younger kids aren't fans of anything mildly spicy or remotely adventurous so I just made a smaller batch of this for moi.

Being that this dish has chicken (protein), green onions (veggies), potatoes (starch) and two kinds of cheese (dairy) I could easily convince myself that this was all I needed for supper.  With Frank's spicy hot sauce I also figured that just by eating this spicy sauce that I had to be burning off calories as I was eating.  My mind works in very mysterious ways.  Do not try to understand it.  With a little ingenuity I could probably convince myself that a huge bowl of ice cream would be a balanced meal.

Anyway, did I like this dish?  Let's just say that I loved this dish as much as Sheldon Cooper loves his spot. 

Ya, it was THAT good!  The combo of blue cheese and Buffalo wing sauce is utterly divine and it was hard to stop eating.  You cannot go wrong with gooey fries covered in two types of cheese drizzled in Frank!  It was utterly delicious and the kicker is that it's so easy. 

If you don't have my mad powers of persuasion and cannot convince yourself that this is a good meal then feel free to serve it as an appetizer, snack for watching some hockey on TV or if you have a pack of hungry teenage boys staring you down.

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Fries

Yield: 4-6 servings

1/2 of a 1 kg bag of frozen crinkle cut fries
1/2 of a 1 kg bag of frozen steak cut fries
3 tbsp grapeseed oil or vegetable oil
1 tsp seasoning salt

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups precooked frozen chicken strips, unbreaded

1/4 cup Frank's 'Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce'
3 tbsp sour cream
1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup Blue cheese, crumbled
4 green onions, green ends only chopped
1/4 cup Ranch dressing

Preheat oven to 450F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, toss the fries with 2 tbsp of oil and seasoning salt.  Pour fries onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, turning fries after 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat 1 tbsp of oil.  Brown chicken strips to get rid of excess moisture and give them some colour.  Set chicken pieces aside.

In a small bowl, combine Frank's Buffalo sauce and sour cream until smooth.

Remove fries from oven.  Change the oven rack to the highest setting and set the oven to broil.

Sprinkle the chicken, Cheddar and Blue cheese over the cooked fries.  Drizzle some of the Frank's sauce mixture over the fries.  Save the rest of the sauce for serving.  Return pan to oven and broil for 2-3 minutes (watch carefully!).  Remove once the cheese has melted.

Sprinkle fries with green onions.  Drizzle more of the Hot sauce mixture over the fries, if desired.  Serve with Ranch dressing and/or more hot sauce mixture.

Loosely Based On: TidyMom's Buffalo Cheese Fries


Beth said...

I've never tried Frank's - I've always thought it would be too hot for me. Maybe I should give it a shot!

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

Beth, I'm a big wuss when it comes to heat in food but Frank's has a very nice balance of heat and flavour. You could use more sour cream and less Frank's for your first try. :)

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