Anita mentioned these Parmesan chicken bites the other day. I made them a long time ago and posted them on our old blog, Crossroads of America, and somehow had forgotten about them. That’s a shame because they’re really great. They aren’t nuggets like you might think. And they aren’t crunchy because they aren’t fried. They have a light coating, with a great herb-and-butter flavor. They are very addicting.
I continued the herb theme and served these Parmesan chicken bites with a cool Ranch dressing for dipping. A Dijon dipping sauce also works great, as does blue cheese. These little yummy morsels are a great alternative to deep-fried chicken nuggets.
Want ’em crunchy? Try my homemade chicken nuggets.
Parmesan Chicken Bites
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
- Your favorite dipping sauce
Preheat oven to 400 F. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil.
Combine the breadcrumbs, cheese, salt, thyme and basil and spread out in a pie plate.
Working in batches, dip the chicken pieces into the melted butter and shake off the excess. Roll in the breadcrumb mixture.
Place chicken on foil and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the thickest pieces are cooked.
Serve with your favorite chicken nugget dipping sauce.
I loved making simple little bites like these pizza pretzel nuggets. They took no time, little ingredients, and came out great. This recipe makes a decent-sized batch of snacks, enough for Anita to take to work and share with her co-workers. Every bite has a wonderful, light pizza flavor. You’ll think you’re biting into your favorite deep-dish pie. Just the right combination of pizza sauce, cheese, and yes, salty crunchiness.
I left the red pepper flake out when I made these pizza pretzel nuggets since I didn’t know how that’d go over at Anita’s office, but for me, this dish could use a bit of spiciness. It’s great on it’s own, don’t get me wrong, but I’m always of the opinion that spicy is better.
Also check out my balsamic, cheddar,and spicy garlic ranch pretzel bites! They are all out-of-this-world good too! And my homemade pizza rolls are well worth the time they take to make.
Pizza Pretzel Nuggets
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10 -14 servings
Preheat oven to 275ºF.
Line a large baking sheet with foil.
Place pretzel nuggets in a large bowl. Drizzle with the oil and toss to coat.
Sprinkle the nuggets with the Parmesan, spaghetti seasoning and red pepper flake (if using). Toss to coat.
Spread pieces out evenly onto the foil and bake for 15 minutes.
Stir, and bake another 15 minutes.
Let cool before serving.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container.
I love fried chicken, specially if it has been marinaded in buttermilk. But, silly me, I’d never thought of adding chipotles in adobo to the marinade. These chipotle popcorn chicken bites are soooo good. They’re tender and tasty thanks to the buttermilk and they have a really nice kick to them thanks to the smoked jalapenos. Not too hot, but they definitely pack a little spiciness.
I served these little yummy chipotle popcorn chicken bites with your standard Ranch dressing for dipping. They’d also be great dunked my copycat Chick-fil-A sauce.
Also try my copycat of Popeye’s popcorn chicken bites!
Chipotle Popcorn Chicken Bites
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 day 20 minutes
Servings 4 -6
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2" bites
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup canned chipotles in adobo sauce pureed
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- Oil for frying
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Ranch dressing make your own, or use your favorite dipping sauce
Place chicken into a bowl.
Add buttermilk and chipotles and mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Heat oil in a Dutch oven or deep fryer to 350 F.
Working in batches, shake off excess marinade and fry chicken 2-3 minutes until done and golden brown. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt and pepper.
Serve with Ranch dressing for dipping.