Here in Texas, elotes is something you can get at almost any corner store. There are tons of recipes out there for elotes – every region, every street, every person has a style or flair for the elotes that speaks to them most. I created these Keto Elotes Chicken Bites with the twist of my childhood.
Where I grew up, elotes was a warm cup of corn with margarine, mayo, cheese and seasonings. I can’t tell you what about that little cup of corn made it so delicious and magical, but it was one of the best snacks! This is a play on all those flavors, with out the corn since ya know, corn isnt so low carb. But you wont miss the corn at all, I promise!
Locally, we had a little bit of a different base for our elotes, so I wanted to try to make the recipe a little more ‘Texas style’ and make it taste more like what I remember. To get this flavor, I added a couple drops of butter flavoring and that was the missing flavor! It really adds something extra to give the bites a more authentic gas station corn flavor.
My favorite way to have this is to make some chicken bites but wings would work JUST as well!
-Cut a package of chicken tenders into bite sized pieces, drop into the airfryer, spray with oil, and season with your favorite seasoning. I like to use some Tajin to add extra ZIP to the chicken before adding the sauce.
– Cook on 375 for about 20 minutes. Make sure your chicken bites are cooked through, temp of 165 degrees.
-You dont have to use an airfryer, you can cook your tenders in a hot skillet with some oil or throw them on a baking sheet (oil and seasoned) for 25 minutes at 350 degrees
Now the important part, the Elotes Sauce! This sauce is going to give you all the flavors. The mayo and butter extract will give the taste of margaine, and then sour cream adds a nice tang to the sauce. Cotijia cheese is found in most grocery stores next to the other Mexican dairy options (you could use parm but it wont have the same flavor profile).
- ¼ cup Mayo
- ¼ cup Sour Cream
- 1 drop butter extract– this is the most important part of this recipe. This flavoring adds the margarine/butter flavor without using fake butter. It gives it the elotes flavor everyone will recognize.
- 2 tbsp cotija cheese
- 1/2 tsp Tajin seasoning or hot sauce, I prefer the seasoning becasue I havent found the perfect hot sauce
- 3 shakes of Lemon Pepper seasoning
- 1 fresh jalapeno, diced small
Mix all ingredients together and toss hot chicken bites into the Elotes Sauce. I like the addition of the jalapenos Chef Resha adds (since I looove spicy food), so I like to chop up a jalapeno and add it to the sauce before coating the chicken. I also like an extra sprinkling of cotija cheese, because well, cheese!