brown butter chex mix

brown butter + i have a very serious relationship.

{brown butter chex mix} the perfect nutty touch to this homemade mix!

the technique of browning butter was something i knew nothing of before my cooking journey.

sure, i had seen it’s glorious name on menus but i didn’t know it was a way of life actual sauce, just thought the fancy restaurant was gettin’ all name-crafty on me.

but. alas!

once i travelled down to brown butter road, it’s now my go-to for coating seasonal veggies, any + every pasta + hell, really anything i can get my buttery hands on! chex mix!

{brown butter chex mix} the perfect nutty touch to this homemade mix!!

i came across this chex mix idea through the wonder that is pinterest + i just knew i had to give it a go!  one the huge pluses to making your own chex mix is that you are the creative master behind what goes into the mix!


i’m not a huge wheat chex fan – so wish you luck somewhere else wheaties!

i fancy myself more of a peanut gal than a cashew fan – so cya cashews!

you get the idea, as  long as you have 12 cups of chex mixers, then you’re golden! {PUN!..kind of a stretch but totally a pun!}

brown butter chex mix
Serves: 12 cups
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 ½ cups corn chex cereal
  • 3 ½ cups rice chex cereal
  • 2 cups melba toasts, broken into bite-size pieces
  • 2 cups buttery snap pretzels
  • 1 cup dry-roasted peanuts
  • 4 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  1. preheat the oven to 250
  2. in a large mixing bowl, combine the chex, toasts, peanuts + pretzels. set aside.
  3. in a small {stainless/light colored} saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat.
  4. continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until butter starts to froth. once it starts to froth, turn the heat down to low + let it cook until it turns golden brown + has a nutty aroma. remove from heat + pour into a small bowl.
  5. add the worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder + onion powder to the brown butter. stir until combined. pour butter mixture over the cereal mixture + stir until evenly coated.
  6. spread your cereal mixture into an even single layer on sheet pans {this amount needed 2 large jelly roll pans}
  7. bake the mixture for 1 hour, giving it a shake/stir every 15 minutes!
  8. enjoy!



browning butter is super simple + once you try it once, you’re guaranteed to be a master! the biggest thing to remember is that you want golden butter not black butter! here are a few other tips for your bronzing journey:

  • use a stainless/light colored sauce pan: since you are literally watching something cook from a canary yellow to a golden brown, the biggest help will be to visually be able to watch this transformation! a light/stainless background will surely assist with that!
  • cut the butter into pads: you want the butter to melt evenly! this recipe calls for a whole stick! so cut the stick into tiny pieces {think ½ tablespoon each} then add it to your saucepan – itll melt like a dream!
  • dont rush the magic: the whole process might take a solid 8 minutes. . be patient! keep your heat at a low-medium until the froth begins, then lower your heat to just above a simmer {2 on those stoves with numbas} + just let it brown away!
  • listen to your nose: you read that right. i mean it. once you smell the nutty aroma, the process has hit it’s peak! now, use your brain to remove it from the heat + into the mixing bowl for the spice party to start!


i gave you my go-to on the chex mix but get creative! broken bagel bites are a great swap for the melba toasts! mixed nuts instead of straight peanuts is another great way to go! some people get wild + add rye chips! you do you!

tiny leftovers

store in an airtight container for as long as it lasts 😉


i whipped this recipe on snapchat! watch it below!

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roasted bbq chicken + pineapple bites

hi! just as promised, i am back this week with your thursday dose of football finger food!

{roasted jalapeno + pineapple chicken bites} only 5 ingredients + 20 minutes for perfect gameday entertaining!

while i didn’t invent the idea of layering delicious ingredients + wrapping them in bodacious bacon. . my looming obsession with bbq chicken pizza did have a general hand in the make up of this recipe.

a while back we found out that aj {the boyfriend aka head food critic of kellys ambitious kitchen} had an aversion to red sauce on pizza. so the days of marinara went out the window + in came the alfredos + bbqs.


bbq pizza is so delicious!

generally, theres sweetness from the bbq balanced by smoky bacon, tart pineapple + the heat of jalapeno {seeds included. duh} to keep it all gangsta.

with that combo, i just knew i had to recreate it’s perfect marriage any chance i got! so, you guessed it, football + finger food? DONE!

{roasted jalapeno + pineapple chicken bites} only 5 ingredients + 20 minutes for perfect gameday entertaining! _

there’s a few really awesome things about these bites that are non-flavor related.

one being that this is a 5 ingredient recipe!

saay what! there’s a whole show on the mothership food network dedicated to 5 ingredient meals, so you know its low ingredient count is totally worth a touchdown dance!

next super neat thing? customize ‘em! not into jalapenos? use a green bell pepper! no fresh pineapple ‘round your market parts? go for canned or frozen! or, hey, skip the list + just layer whatever you’ve got in the fridge thats about to go to mold-town!

lastly -to wrap things up {PUNS!}– the layering + wrapping process is simple as 1-2-4! then, in under 25 minutes, you’ve got flavor bites that will keep all your guests coming back for more!

{roasted jalapeno + pineapple chicken bites} a five ingredient dish that's perfect for gameday entertaining!

now, i usually encourage the creative juices to flow but one thing i would recommend staying on the cooking path with is to use a wire rack over your sheet pan.

why do i recommend this?

well, internet bestie, this is so your chicken bites don’t drown in a pool of bacon grease! while i know that sounds like heaven to most of you, it’ll turn your finger food into a slippery oily hot mess!

the wire rack will also ensure that your bacon gets 360º of crisp!

so if your kitchen isn’t equipped with a wire rack delight then hop on over to amazon, order one STAT on prime + move these from the thursday football menu to the sunday super bash, instead!

{roasted jalapeno + pineapple chicken bites} yum!

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roasted bbq chicken + pineapple bites
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Serves: 12 bites
  • 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 12 even-sized tenders
  • 6 slices of bacon, cut in half from top to bottom
  • 2 jalapenos, cut into matchsticks {about the width of your chicken tender}
  • ½ of a pineapple, cut into matchsticks {about the width of your chicken tender}
  • ½ cup of your favorite bbq sauce {i recommend choosing a thicker bbq sauce over the vinegar-based options out there}
  1. preheat the oven to 350°
  2. lay the chicken tenders in a shallow bowl + ‘marinate’ the chicken in bbq sauce while you do your cutting.
  3. in a skillet, par cook the bacon for roughly 3 minutes. you want the bacon to start it’s cooking process but still be pliable for wrapping around the tenders. remove the slices to a paper-lined plate to drain + cool. {see notes below on why this extra step is important!}
  4. once everything is cooled, cut + ready, lay a tender down, layer a pineapple stick then the jalapeno stick on top of each piece + wrap each tender with half slice of bacon.
  5. lay the bacon-wrapped tender, seam-side down, on the greased wire rack.
  6. sprinkle the tenders with salt + pepper, to taste.
  7. bake for 20 minutes until chicken is cooked + bacon is crisp!
  8. enjoy!



while parcooking the bacon does add an extra pan + step, this is super important because the bacon takes longer to cook than the chicken bites! so by getting the process started, this will help yield juicy chicken tenders alongside crisp bacon!


pineapples + peppers will vary in size therefore you may need more of each! judging by the size you find, adjust your ingredient list so that you wind up with equal amounts of slices to chicken tenders!


jalapenos too hot? although removing the seeds + ribs extracts nearly 100% of the heat, you can swap in a milder pepper like the anaheim or keep it totally cool {PUNS!} with a green bell pepper.

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layering + wrapping is kinda fun, right? you could make up a whole sample platter with other flavor combos like. .

→ chicken + peach slices wrapped with proscuitto!

→ chicken topped with matchsticks of cured chorizo + dates, wrapped in bacon!

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these are pretty skinny jean friendly but using a turkey bacon would be an easy cal drop!


 tiny leftovers

. .you won’t have any leftovers, duh!


as these are modeled after the bbq chicken pizza, here’s a fun fact about the delightful combo:

did you know the california-style pizza, as the combination is now famously known, was made popular by wolfgang puck in the 1980s!


watch the recipe come together from my snapchat story!

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{slow cooker} buffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese slaw

are you ready for some football!

{slow cooker buffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese slaw} crowd pleasing + semi-homemade is the perfect combo for these #football favorites!

tonight is the kick-off {PUNS} of the NFL’s first week! 

and while, for most, football season is all about the game, for me, it’s a season filled with sunday fundays, hometown pride {DA BEARS ..yes i know cutler is still our quarterback} + of course, the glorious football food that comes along with it all!

ever since my culinary fire was lit, i have dedicated football season to trying out new chili + slow cooker recipes on my guinea pig friends.

they get fed. my ‘to-try’ recipe list gets more organized.

everyone wins! {except, usually, da bears}

and since sundays are a dedicated game day from this day till late january, that gives me some serious time to perfect my tailgate taquitos + my chicago chili.

{slow cooker buffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese slaw} slow cookers make things so easy!

while the allure of the slow cooker is impossible to resist, it’s also super fun to stretch my bite-size wings {GUYS. ANOTHER PUN} and give some fun appetizers a whirl as well!

so! starting today, i’m going to post a gameday delight every week!

whether you find yourself hosting a weekly fanatic feast or spend your sundays curled up on the sofa for a party of one – these recipes will ultimately have the spirit that football season emits to me!

i think this will be a super fun way to get all jazzed about the week to come {regardless of how your fantasy running back did last week}.

and hey, for those of you who are giving me the ‘i. dont. care. about. football.’ eyeroll, think of this weekly series of apps, dips + chilis as a way to grow your arsenal of party food!

so let’s start off with my go-to, the slow cooker recipe that started as a football sunday trial + wound up as my gould gold standard for easy, crowd-pleasing food!

the buffalo chicken slider with blue cheese slaw!

{slow cooker buffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese slaw} crowd pleasing!

the chicken is as hands-free as it gets! you simply toss it into a slow cooker with some fizzy beer, a bottled buffalo sauce + a classic spice mix.

as the chicken cooks away in the orange pool of love, your house literally starts to smell like a party is about to go down + all that’s left is to mix up a semi-homemade slaw.

the slaw can be made ahead of time but once you see how simple it is, all you’ll need is a yawn-inducing halftime report to whip it together! the coleslaw crunch is left intact, and you my friend, just got a little arm workout from whisking together the dressing!

{slow cooker buffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese slaw} these are sure to be your #gameday favorite!

the thing that’s the best about these little sandwiches of buffalo love is that they are super versatile!

slider buns take them to two-bite town, lettuce wraps excite your low-carb-abiding guests + pretzel buns -of any size- please the masses!

however you serve ‘em up, i know the flavors will have your guests doing a touchdown dance to the slow cooker for seconds! i think it’s fair to say that once your guests get a whiff of these sliders, they won’t be saying ‘i think i’ll pass!’

{i may have just won the pun superbowl..}

{slow cooker} buffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese slaw
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Serves: 6 servings
for the buffalo chicken:
  • 1.5 lb of boneless skinless chicken breast, 3 huge pieces
  • 1 beer, i used 312
  • ½ cup of your favorite buffalo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
for the blue cheese slaw:
  • 1 package of coleslaw mix
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded + thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled + peeled into thin slices
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ⅛ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3oz crumbled blue cheese, more to taste
buffalo chicken:
  1. pour the beer into the base of the slow cooker
  2. place the chicken, in single layer, into the slow cooker.
  3. mix the sauce, garlic + onion powder. pour over the top.
  4. cover + cook on low 6 hours. {may do 4 hours on high!}
  5. shred the chicken + mix with the butter. let cook for additional 15 minutes.
  6. serve on slider buns with slaw on top! enjoy!
blue cheese slaw:
  1. combine the coleslaw mix, jalapeno + carrot.
  2. in a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar + celery salt. whisk to combine.
  3. dress the coleslaw mix with the mayonnaise mix, evenly to coat.
  4. fold in the blue cheese.



don’t have time for the slow cooker? no problem!

i suggest to poach your chicken breast in the beer {with water to cover, if needed} then shred + mix with the buffalo sauce, spices + butter! voila! done in under 20 minutes!

and. although i find the shredded meat from a rotisserie to be a bit dry, you could swap the chicken out for store-bought rotisserie for the sheer convenience of it!

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a great way to drop cals in this football food is to serve the slaw in a lettuce wrap! you could also swap the mayo in the slaw recipe for plain greek yogurt.

tiny leftovers

both components of this dish hold super well in tupperware! whether you want to make it the day-ahead of a party or hold onto leftovers – the chicken will reheat best in a pot over low heat {add the butter at this step!} and the slaw will lose a bit of its crunch, but you could add fresh -undressed- coleslaw mix to resurrect the crisp touch!


avocado slices are awesome as a topping! you could also add finely sliced celery to the slaw mix for the full buffalo wing companion experience!


although i hate to realize it, i know that some of you are not blue cheese lovers.. but that’s okay! in the slaw, simply omit the blue cheese! it still packs tons of flavor! if you want a ranch flavor then you could add in a tablespoon of packaged ranch mix to the slaw dressing or give your sandwich a drizzle of ranch dressing for the effect!

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slider-style is my party go-to for these! i like to set up a buffet bar with the chicken, slaw, blue cheese crumbles, fresh jalapeno slices, ranch dressing + classic potato chips for maximum build-your-own options!

this is football season, ya’ll – go with an ice cold beer or hard cider!