Crisp chicken bites

Crisp chicken bites

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serve 12 for lunch
Summer holidays often mean kids friends are round for dinner, make sure there's something in the freezer with these yummy bites

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal195
  • fat7g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein16g
  • salt0.65g
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  • 4 boneless chicken breast fillet
  • 6 tbsp red pesto
  • 3 large handfuls breadcrumb, frsh or dried (about 300g/10oz)
  • olive oil
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  1. Cut the chicken breasts into small chunks, each about the size of a marble (you should get roughly 15 pieces per breast). Put the pesto in a bowl and mix together with the chicken until coated all over. Tip the breadcrumbs into a large freezer bag.

  2. Add the chicken pieces in batches to the bag and give it a good shake to coat. Place a piece of greaseproof paper on a baking sheet, then lay the chicken pieces on the sheet, making sure none of them are touching. Put in the freezer and, when frozen solid, take off the baking sheet and store in a container or freezer bag.

  3. To cook, heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/ gas 7. Pour a little oil onto a shallow baking tray, just enough to cover it. Put the tray in the oven and let it heat up for 5 mins. Tip the chicken onto the sheet and return to the oven for 10-15 mins until crisp and cooked through.

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Comments (87)

SproutLover's picture

Massive success and so easy to make!!! Like a previous member mentioned, I used BBQ sauce instead of pesto because we didn't have any in the cupboard. I'm going to make a HUGE batch of these for my fussy little eaters. I served with garlic, paprika and rosemary roasties and made a mint greek yog dip for dunking. YUM!

ourkez328's picture

Oh my god these little guys are amazing!! Made Some with green pesto and some with red - honestly I prefer green but either way they are the tastiest chicken nuggets I have ever had!! Made these for a dinner party and people were raving about them. Made them a few times now and the look of delight on peoples faces makes it worthwhile! Easy to freeze to give you tasty dinners without the effort later too! 10/10.

fizzh89's picture

I printed this recipe out ages ago but didn't try til tonight......I wish I'd tried it sooner, it was SO simple to make and SO tasty! The meat was really moist and tender, and I can't believe how far two chicken breats went, feeding two adults, a 5 year old and a 1 year old ( who positively devoured them then asked for more!)
I used sun dried tomato pesto and left it to marinade on the meat for a couple of hours before cooking, and cooked from fresh. Will DEFINITELY be making this again!

alijanescott's picture

Excellent basic recipe. Also great using green pesto or chilli sauce in place of red pesto

danrey84's picture

Great idea for a quick dinner with chunky chips and salad

jennifer71's picture

Great and very easy recipie. As someone else mentioned.... Cover it in breadcrumbs and a kid will eat anything.... It's true! Even my husband who hates chicken had to admit it was delicious. And FYI I did cook these from frozen. They are such small bits of chicken they cook quickly from frozen.

bevieevey's picture

I made these for my 2 year old the other week but just used tomato sauce as I wasn't sure if she would like the pesto. She loved them with the tomato sauce. So after making them for my daughter I decided I would try them for myself but again I'm not sure about pesto so I used a BBQ sauce and kept my chicken at goujon size and they where amazing!

jonnysmum's picture

I added a little red chilli as we like a bit of heat.......loved them!

Tiffany1983's picture

Fab and easy recipe, I followed some of the tips on here, adding some crushed cornflakes to the breadcrumbs as well as garlic granuals, paprika and cajun. I used green pesto as we didn't have red. I didn't freeze them but cooked them from fresh. My boyfriend loved them, and we are doing to make these now instead of buying from the supermarket! I served them with home made potato wedges.

m1tchell1966's picture

Made these for two very fussy kids (and one slightly fussy man) and it was a huge success. Comments were: "best nuggets ever" "10/10" and "9/10" (only lost a point because one decided there were slightly too many breadcrumbs for his taste) No-one knew the pesto was in there (as I suspect they would have all said "euuuwwww" or something similar if they had known in advance!) they all just thought they were really tasty, and I have to confess, despite not being a chicken nugget fan normally, I loved them too! May try using to coat a butterflied chicken breast next and see if it's as good for a slightly more grown-up dinner.

sanddancerjo's picture

How long do you cook these for from frozen?

iloveparis59's picture

Im going to try this recipe today but does anybody have any ideas as to a side dish other than chips???? Thanks

d-arouet's picture

Forget about the children. Think nibbles, canapes, hand-held first course for large gathering meals, especially with some of the tweaking proposed by others above.

fabfood2's picture

Great recipe. Tasted great. Makes two large trays worth so I also have a batch in the freezer for next time. So easy to make - I'll never go back to store-bought nuggets! Also, next time I might add different seasoning to the breadcrumbs - the possibilities are endless!

doofy1966's picture

i have often made these for my children and my husband,my daughter had a party at home recently and as these are so easy to make i made a big batch and the teens wolfed them down,some of the girls wanted to know where i got them and lots took the recipe with them.a great way to get them to eat something trendy but also healthy.

apstan222's picture

Need to ensure that a good pesto is used as it can really alter the taste. Needed to add salt to make it taste a bit better, but otherwise not a bad snack.

Zootfruit's picture

Wow. These are really easy and all my children (ages 1,2,6,7) have eaten them without a single complaint which is really unusual! Much better than shop bought dodgy things!

hedgehog33's picture

Cooked these before and they turned out great. Not as crispy as I would like but I think the oven wasn't hot enough. I cooked from frozen and they were fine - I think because they are so small it isn't a problem to cook from frozen.

bobbyg's picture

Brilliant. We have tried it with both chicken and turkey breast and both taste good.

traceyhumphries's picture

could somebody please tell me... i have frozen these bites raw and now want to cook them... do i defrost them first or cook from frozen. i am concerned as i've never cooked 'raw' chicken from frozen. THANKS


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