Oven-baked Chicken Bites Recipe

Welcome to our kitchen, where Mothers are celebrated and their dreams come to life! Today, we invite you on a tantalizing journey with our mouthwatering oven-baked chicken bites recipe. I love treating my mom to some new tastes and over the years, I have constantly presented a couple of delicacies to her and the outcome has always been awesome.

Any recipe that involves chicken really drives me bananas and as long as I have sampled a few ingredients here and there, am always confident that the result will definitely be out of this world.

If you are looking for a sweet Mother’s Day recipe, these bites work magic I tell you. Chicken bites are one of a kind and you are going to love it here with me. Now let’s get our hands messy!

Ingredients for Oven-Baked Chicken Bites

This recipe is easy to make as you’ll need only a handful of ingredients to jumpstart your cooking. Make sure you have the following at your reach:

  • Chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Asparagus spears, trimmed and chopped (optional)
  • Breadcrumbs or panko for breading
  • large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray or olive oil for greasing
  • Seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika

fresh chicken breasts for preparing oven-baked chicken bites

Chicken

Don’t limit yourself to only chicken breasts. You can tweak according to your want and go for the best option for your needs:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are a versatile and low-fat option for healthy meal prep. They can be baked in the oven with asparagus for a nutritious and delicious dinner.
  • Chicken tenders, on the other hand, are perfect for making crispy bites that are quick to cook and full of flavor.
  • Ground chicken is another great choice for those looking to reduce their fat intake while still enjoying savory dishes like meatballs or burgers.

Breading

Whole wheat bread crumbs, Panko breadcrumbs, and crushed cornflakes are all excellent choices for breading chicken bites. Each option offers a unique texture and flavor profile that can elevate your dish.

Whether you prefer the nutty taste of whole wheat or the light and crispy texture of Panko, these breadcrumbs will add a sweet crunch to your oven-baked chicken bites.

Breading Preparation

Creating a breadcrumb mixture is key to enhancing the taste of your oven-baked chicken bites. Choose your favorite seasonings, such as garlic powder, paprika, or dried herbs, and mix them into the breadcrumbs for added flavor.

To achieve a crispy texture on your chicken pieces, coat them in flour first to help the egg adhere better. Then dip each piece into beaten eggs before rolling it in the seasoned breadcrumbs. This three-step process ensures that every bite is perfectly coated and deliciously crispy.

If you’re looking for alternative breading options, try using panko breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes instead. These options provide a different texture and can add an extra crunch to your chicken bites.


air-baked chicken bytes ready to be served

Seasonings and Spices

  • Garlic powder adds an aromatic flavor to oven-baked chicken bites. Its pungent taste enhances the overall taste of the dish, creating a delicious and satisfying meal.
  • Onion powder, on the other hand, brings a subtle sweetness that complements the chicken perfectly.
  • The combination of these two seasonings creates depth and complexity in every bite. For an extra kick of smokiness, try using smoked paprika in your chicken bites recipe.

Step-By-Step Instructions for Oven-Baked Chicken Bites

Step 1: Preparing the Chicken

Start by preheating your oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it with cooking spray or olive oil.

Next, cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, ensuring they are relatively uniform in size. This allows for even cooking and ensures each piece maintains its juiciness.

Additional Note on Chicken Preparation

Trimming and cutting the chicken into bite-sized pieces is an essential step in preparing oven-baked chicken bites. This ensures that each piece cooks evenly and is easy to eat. It’s important to remove any excess fat or skin before cutting, resulting in a healthier dish.

Marinating the chicken adds flavor and helps to tenderize the meat. Choose a marinade that complements your taste preferences, such as lemon garlic or teriyaki. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight for maximum flavor infusion.

Seasoning the chicken with spices and herbs enhances its taste profile. Use a combination of your favorite seasonings like paprika, onion powder, oregano, and thyme. Sprinkle them generously over both sides of each piece of chicken before baking.

Step 2: Creating the Coating

In a shallow dish or bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and black pepper. Mix the ingredients thoroughly to ensure an even distribution of flavors.

Step 3: Dipping and Coating

Take each piece of chicken and dip it into the beaten eggs, ensuring it is fully coated. Allow any excess egg to drip off before transferring the chicken into the breadcrumb mixture. Roll the chicken in the breadcrumbs, pressing gently to ensure they adhere to the surface.

Place the coated chicken bites onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving a bit of space between each piece for optimal crispness. If desired, lightly spray the chicken bites with cooking spray or drizzle olive oil over them for an enhanced golden finish.

Step 4: Baking to Perfection

Oven Preheating: To ensure perfectly cooked chicken bites, preheat your oven to 425°F. This high temperature will help create a crispy exterior while keeping the inside tender and juicy.

Baking Time and Temperature: Place the chicken bites on a greased baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.

Adjust the time accordingly based on the size of your chicken pieces to avoid overcooking or undercooking. Remember to flip the chicken bites halfway through the cooking process for even browning on all sides.

Step 5: Serving and Enjoying

Once the chicken bites are cooked to perfection, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. This allows the flavors to settle.


delightful and yummy oven-baked chicken bites

Garnish your delectable creations with a sprinkle of fresh herbs, such as parsley or chives, for an added touch of vibrancy. Serve alongside your favorite dipping sauces, whether it be tangy barbecue, creamy honey mustard, or zesty buffalo sauce.

What to Know about Baking Time and Temperature

Determining the ideal baking time for oven-baked chicken bites is crucial for achieving perfect tenderness and juiciness. The bite size of the chicken pieces should be taken into consideration to ensure even cooking throughout.

Choosing the right temperature is essential in creating juicy and tender chicken bites. A moderate oven temperature of around 375°F (190°C) works well, allowing the chicken to cook evenly without drying out.

Adjusting both baking time and temperature can help achieve different textures for your chicken bites.

For a crispier texture, increase the oven temperature slightly and reduce baking time. Conversely, if you prefer a softer texture, lower the temperature slightly and extend the baking time accordingly.

Serving Suggestions

If you are imagining what goes well with this recipe, here are some suggestions that you might want to try:


oven-baked chicken bites served on a plate

  1. Pair these oven-baked chicken bites with a honey mustard dipping sauce for a flavorful combination that will satisfy your taste buds.
  2. For a complete and nutritious meal, serve these low-fat chicken bites alongside a fresh green salad drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The crispy texture of the chicken perfectly complements the refreshing crunch of the salad.

Dipping Sauces

Honey Mustard Sauce: A creamy blend of tangy mustard and natural honey, this dipping sauce is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. It adds a burst of flavor to your oven-baked chicken bites, enhancing every bite with its smooth texture.

Garlic Aioli: Made with roasted garlic and a hint of lemon juice, this aioli packs a punch in terms of both flavor and aroma. Its creamy consistency pairs well with the crispy exterior of the chicken bites, giving them an extra layer of greatness.

Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce: This sauce strikes the perfect balance between sweetness and heat. With its smoky undertones, it adds depth to your oven-baked chicken bites.

Tips and Tricks to Make Your Chicken Bites

Marinating the chicken for extra flavor is a game-changer. By letting the chicken soak in a mixture of herbs, spices, and citrus juice, it absorbs all those delicious flavors while tenderizing at the same time. Trust me, you won’t believe how much difference this simple step makes in your oven-baked chicken bites.

Using a wire rack for even cooking is a secret weapon that guarantees perfectly crispy and golden pieces every time.

Elevating the chicken on a wire rack allows hot air to circulate around each bite, ensuring they cook evenly from all sides. The result? A batch of irresistible oven-baked chicken bites with an unbeatable texture.

Adding spices and herbs to enhance the taste takes your oven-baked chicken bites to another level of deliciousness. Whether it’s paprika for smokiness or rosemary for an aromatic kick, don’t be afraid to experiment and find your favorite combination.

These little additions make each bite burst with flavor, turning a simple dish into something truly extraordinary.

How to make the chicken bites extra crispy?

The secret ingredient for extra crispy texture: Adding a teaspoon of cornstarch to the chicken bites batter can be the secret to achieving an irresistibly crunchy texture. The cornstarch helps create a light and airy coating that turns golden brown and crispy when baked.

Techniques to achieve a crunchy outer coating: To ensure your chicken bites have a perfectly crisp exterior, try double-dipping them in the batter. After dipping each piece once, allow it to sit for a few minutes before giving it another dip. This technique creates multiple layers of coating, resulting in an extra crispy bite.

Alternative methods for achieving crispiness: If you don’t want to use breading or batter, there are other methods you can try to achieve crispiness in your oven-baked chicken bites.

  • One option is using panko breadcrumbs instead of regular breadcrumbs as they tend to provide more crunch.
  • Another alternative is preheating your baking sheet before placing the chicken on it—this helps create immediate heat contact with the bottom surface, resulting in a crisper crust.

Can I freeze the chicken bites for later?

Absolutely! Here are some proper storage techniques I have always used for freezing chicken bites:

  • Place the cooked chicken bites in an airtight container or freezer bag.
  • Ensure all excess air is removed to prevent freezer burn.
  • Label the container with the date of freezing.

Thawing and reheating instructions after freezing:

  • Thaw frozen chicken bites in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Reheat by placing them on a baking sheet and baking at 350°F (175°C) until heated through.

Tips to maintain optimal flavor and texture during freezing:

  • Allow the chicken bites to cool completely before freezing to avoid condensation.
  • If desired, you can lightly coat the chicken bites with oil or sauce before freezing for added moisture retention.
crispy and yummy oven-baked chicken bites

Oven-baked chicken bites

Chef Amelia
Try our delectable flavors of oven-baked chicken bites – a low-fat delight. If you have ever craved for a crunchy experience, then here is something for you. Try our easy-to-follow recipe today.
2 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 216 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs preferably panko for an extra crunch
  • ½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray or olive oil for greasing

Instructions
 

  • Preparing the Chicken: Start by preheating your oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it with cooking spray or olive oil.
    Next, cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, ensuring they are relatively uniform in size. This allows for even cooking and ensures each piece maintains its juiciness.
  • Creating the Coating: In a shallow dish or bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and black pepper.
    Mix the ingredients thoroughly to ensure an even distribution of flavors.
  • Dipping and Coating: Take each piece of chicken and dip it into the beaten eggs, ensuring it is fully coated. Allow any excess egg to drip off before transferring the chicken into the breadcrumb mixture.
    Roll the chicken in the breadcrumbs, pressing gently to ensure they adhere to the surface. Place the coated chicken bites onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving a bit of space between each piece for optimal crispness.
    If desired, lightly spray the chicken bites with cooking spray or drizzle olive oil over them for an enhanced golden finish.
  • Baking to Perfection: Slide the baking sheet into the preheated oven and let the magic happen. Bake the chicken bites for approximately 15-18 minutes or until they turn a delicious golden brown.
    Remember to flip the chicken bites halfway through the cooking process for even browning on all sides.
  • Serving and Enjoying: Once the chicken bites are cooked to perfection, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. This allows the flavors to settle and ensures you won't burn your eager taste buds.
    Garnish your creations with a sprinkle of fresh herbs, such as parsley or chives, for an added touch of vibrancy. Serve alongside your favorite dipping sauces, whether it be tangy barbecue, creamy honey mustard, or zesty buffalo sauce.
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Amelia is a passionate chef who finds joy in trying out different cuisines and dishes and sharing her expertise with the world. She enjoys cooking and curating recipes so much!

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