Crisp chicken bites

Crisp chicken bites

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Easily halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
195
protein
16g
carbs
20g
fat
7g
saturates
2g
fibre
1g
sugar
1g
salt
0.65g

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken breast fillets
  • 6 tbsp red pesto
  • 3 large handfuls breadcrumbs, frsh or dried (about 300g/10oz)
  • olive oil

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2007

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judithsimpson's picture
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Not crispy at all and really quite bland. Didn't go down too well in my house!

katylou30's picture
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Fab my 2 loved this infact the eldest asked for more! really easy to make also

jessss's picture
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Didn't have any red pesto so used green:) came out fab! Not that crispy though...

adnamabrown's picture

Made these for dinner tonight. Very easy to do, and kids and hubby loved them. Used chicken thighs instead of breast, were lovely and moist.

rozzielang's picture
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I made these for my kids who can be very picky and they loved them, and now I have to make double as my husband is always stealing a few (and me!) Now I have rolling batches in the fridge for those evenings when I can't think of what to give them for dinner. Perfect!

wildflower196's picture
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lovelt and crispy, i made my own sundried tomato pesto- with jar of sundried tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, garlic and pine nuts- whizz them all up- delish! also left some chicken in big goujons and used jamie olivers garlic and chilli pesto and coated in breadcrumbs- take an extra few mins to cook but just as nice.

sandieb's picture
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Sorry...forgot the stars!

sandieb's picture
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These are absolutely delicious! I cooked mine straight away with no problems, and will certainly be making more for the freezer. Just a word of warning if you use Panko crumbs....you certainly don't need 300g! I had a 200g packet and dumped them all in a bowl, and now have probably 190g left with bits of pesto in them! But I am going out to buy more chicken to use up some of them!

littlemisslucky's picture
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Went down really well with my 2 year old and 4 year old. So much easier than messing about with flour and egg. Was worried they would turn their noses up at the red pesto part but they didn't seem to notice. Served with Gordon Ramsay's oven chips. Yum.

lucy_drew's picture
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Love this recipe. Had to use green pesto as had no red but have now bought some specifically for this recipe! Kids love them, which is no mean feat with 2 fussy children.

louiseabrantes's picture
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Lovely moist chicken, however found the coating soggy. Not as flavourful as I had hoped.

jonny13's picture
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These where definatly a winner, the whhole family liked them. Especially my very fussy two year old.

kittybhungry's picture

really delicious and easy and convenient but, ummm....serves 12? really?

would be good to know whether nutritional values above are really for 1/12 of the recipe.

anne55's picture
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These are really fantastic. Love the extra taste from the pesto. Lovely with chips and peas. As suggested in one of the reviews will try putting garlic and parmesan in the breadcrumbs next time.

joanneeland's picture
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Yummy Yummy!!! I love these chicken bites. Perfect for when you're home alone and can't really be bothered making a big fancy meal. I used panko breadcrumbs and sun-dried tomato pesto and had it with southern fried wedges and coleslaw - simple, but effective!

hollywoozle's picture
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Absolutely delicious! These were so simple but the result was moist, tasty and really lovely. I cooked mine from fresh for about 10 minutes and served them with potato wedges and salad. Yum yum!

housew1fe's picture

do you have to defrost before cooking or can you cook from frozen?

jellybean298's picture

do you have to freeze them first or can you cook them straight away?

hungrygirl1's picture

Do you have to freezr them before cooking or can you cook them straight after putting them in the pesto and breadcrumbs?
Thx

angelalynn's picture

These nuggets are amazing!! Gone are the days of coating in messy egg :) Also works brilliantly with other meats, turkey, beef etc and using herbs and different breads.. My kids love them :) Another variation is to use chicken breast, slice horizontally, fill with Philli soft cheese, close, then coat in pesto and breadcrumbs,... fab with homemade sweet potato wedges :) All homemade and v v tasty :)

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