Putting together a charcuterie board for game day
Game Day Eat: The BBQ Onion Bomb

Game Day Food: Bird Bites

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This is a GREAT appetizer, Game Day and/or tailgate food!


  • 4 chicken breasts – cut into bite size pieces (chicken thighs have more flavor)
  • 1 lb. turkey bacon – half slices
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flake (optional)


Before you start putting together the recipe, get out some bamboo skewers and soak them in water for about 30 minutes (do this and the skewers won’t burn on the grill). Combine olive oil, salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder and optional red pepper flake, stir, set aside. Wrap the bite size chicken breast pieces with a half slice of turkey bacon. Put your ‘bird bites’ on the bamboo skewers – don’t pack them too tightly – you want the flames to crisp up that turkey bacon on all sides. Place your skewered bites in a container to marinade in and pour on the olive oil mixture. Since these are bite size pieces, they really don’t need to marinate all that long, go ahead and fire up that grill! Sear the bird bites on medium-high heat (not quite on the hot spot of the grill) and then let them cook through at a lower temp. Pull them off the skewer and serve as appetizers (great for tailgating), or make a kid happy with meat on a stick! And here's a change-of-pace..... Fix them Buffalo style! Instead of the olive oil marinade, use the following:

  • 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter (melted)
  • 10 tablespoons of Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Cookies Flavor Enhancer or your favorite pepper seasoning mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of salt

There you have it, Buffalo Bird Bites! You just might like this variation better than the original. Both the original Bird Bites and the Buffalo Bird Bites are real crowd pleasers, go-to recipes for parties. The Buffalo sauce is also great for wings.

Download Mike's Bird Bites Recipe


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