Game On! with Chicken Apple Bites Recipe

There’s something about dads and football.  This year with the match up of the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks I’m especially reminded on my dad.  My dad was from Rhode Island and was a Patriots fan.  My son is from California but it a Seahawks fan (go figure).  I wish my dad was alive to watch this year’s game with my son.  They would love to cheer and jeer at each other.

Another fan favorite match up is football and chicken wings.  I’m not a big fan, really of either.  Something about all those bones and tendons.  (and time outs of the game)  But I like any excuse to make special food and be festive (plus there’s always the half time show and commercials).  If you’re looking to make wings, Martha Stewart has a ton of recipes and sauces.  Check here.  But if you’re wanting something with chicken and no bones for your kids or family gathering, try these Baked Chicken and Apple Bites from Petit Appetit: Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Baked Chicken and Apple Bites

Here’s a twist on  the usual “meat” balls using chicken and a touch of sweetness from apples.  Serve these at a gathering with rounded toothpicks and a variety of sauces such as honey mustard, or favorite BBQ sauce for dipping.  Or thread them on a skewer together with chunks of cheese and pineapple.

Makes 28 – 30

1 ½ pounds ground organic chicken

1 organic green apple, such as Granny Smith or Delicious, peeled, cored and grated

3 organic green onions, minced, about 3 tablespoons

1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

¾ cups whole wheat bread dry crumbs (see tip page )

¼   teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon balsamic or white wine vinegar


Preheat oven to 400F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Sqeeze out excess liquid from grated apple using paper or clean kitchen towels.

Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until blended.

Using a melon baller or tablespoon, spoon out a heaping tablespoonful of chicken mixture and roll into a ball using hands.  Repeat until all mixture is used.  Place chicken bites on prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes or until cooked through and brown on bottom.

Grating or shredding is easiest with a food processor, but can also be done ona box grater.  Be sure to squeeze any excess liquid before adding to mixture.


Can’t Compete? Just Add Chocolate Chips

My kids always request that my husband make pancakes on the weekend.  It’s great.  They have their time together making pancakes and I usually go for a run.  The funny thing is my husband makes my pancake recipe and apparently does it better than I do.  He’s even gotten into the habit of making a double batch so some can be frozen and enjoyed during the week.  Great.


Except…the kids had a day off from school and I offered to make pncakes.  They replied “O.K. but make them like Dad’s.  Use his recipe.”  What?  His recipe.  It’s actually published in my book, but now it’s his.  O.K. I’ll give it to him.  Afterall the person who actually makes them and you eat and enjoy them shoudl get the credit.  However I didn’t want to hear I didn’t make the pancakes as good as Dad, so I upped the anty.  “How about if we add blueberries and chocolate chips?” I asked.  Well yes the crowd went wild and said “yes!”  So I did it made the pancakes Dad is famous for but added a little extra.  A touch of chocolate goes a long ways.  So I added about 1/3 cup of fresh blueberries and maybe 1/4 cup of chocoalte chips (not much but very exciting).


This could be a recipe for just about anything.  No, I’m not advocating adding chocolate to every food at every meal, but once in a while is fun.  And is was dark bittersweet.  So a bit healthier than milk or white. (ah the justification)