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Vegetables, ketchup and classic Buffalo wing flavorings—blue cheese and hot sauce—add moisture to lean ground chicken. Combining those ingredients before adding the meat helps avoid overmixing for the most tender loaves.

EatingWell Magazine, December 2021


Credit: Jacob Fox

Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped celery, shallots, scallions and carrot and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl, spread into a thin layer and let cool for 5 minutes.

  • Stir eggs, breadcrumbs (or panko), 3/4 cup blue cheese, 2 tablespoons ketchup, 1 tablespoon hot sauce, ground pepper and cayenne into the vegetables. Add chicken (or turkey) and mix until combined. Shape into 8 mini loaves, each about 4 by 3 inches, and place on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Combine honey and the remaining 2 tablespoons each ketchup and hot sauce in a small bowl. Brush over the loaves.

  • Bake the loaves until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165°F, 20 to 25 minutes. Set broiler to high. Broil until the tops of the loaves are browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon blue cheese and sliced celery.

To make ahead

Individually wrap baked loaves; freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts

1 mini loaf
331 calories; fat 16g; cholesterol 154mg; sodium 483mg; carbohydrates 19g; dietary fiber 2g; protein 26g; sugars 5g; niacin equivalents 7mg; saturated fat 6g; vitamin a iu 2126IU; vitamin b6 1mg; potassium 847mg.