Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Recipe of the Week -- Copycat Blasts

I certainly hope that everyone here has dined at the Cheesecake Factory.
If you haven't, please do...soon. The menu is impressive, the portions are huge. And while I wouldn't recommend a steady diet of their entrees and desserts for a weight-loss program, it IS good to splurge once in awhile!
I went there a month or so ago and on a whim ordered their "buffalo blasts"
Here's the description from their website:

Chicken Breast, Cheese and Our Spicy Buffalo Sauce all Stuffed in a Spiced Wrapper and Fried until Crisp. Served with Celery Sticks and Blue Cheese Dressing.

Now, I try not to fry things. So when I searched the internet for this recipe and only found deep fried versions (which admittedly, is what CF does) I decided to make it somewhat healthier.

So here's my Copycat (Lighter) Blast recipe

1 chicken breast
egg roll/wonton wrappers
Frank's buffalo wing sauce (this is the brand that CF uses, according to my online sources...and it did taste the same!)
Mexican cheese blend
garlic powder
1 egg white
mix of bread crumbs and flour
olive oil spray

Bake the chicken breast at 350 until done (I drizzled some of the wing sauce over it while baking)
Shred chicken and lay inside wonton wrapper. Mix with cheese and garlic powder.
Fold wrapper into a triangular shape (corner to corner). Close wrapper using water or egg white to moisten the edges enough to seal.
Brush both sides of the blast with egg white and dip into the bread crumbs/flour mix. Place in fry pan with olive oil spray and brown on both sides.
Serve with ranch dressing, preferably made from a packet with skim milk and olive oil mayo...yum!

Yes, the deep fried is probably better as far as taste goes...but I don't feel nearly as guilty eating these!



Theta Mom said...

The Cheesecake Factory is one of my favorites! They are totally worth the wait. I've never gone into that place and immediately sat. There is always a wait because it's that good!

Shanda said...

We don't have a Cheesecake Factory near us; but we ate at one recently in Atlanta...YUM!!! Theta Mom is right - I've never gone to one where there wasn't a wait either.

Great recipe!

Laura said...

That recipe sounds great....

Megan said...

I love The Cheesecake Factory. Mmmm...but I also try to avoid fried food. Your version sounds a lot yummier although I'm sure CF is good too.