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)

jennigoodair's picture

Amazing amamzing recipe!! So simple. I now have a freezer draw dedicated to these chicken bites.

alida66's picture

Absolutely fantastic, pleased a 4 year old and a 17 year old, can't be bad. I love knowing what goes into thei food and now I can give them the nuggets they want.

judithsimpson's picture

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

katylou30's picture

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

jessss's picture

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

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

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

Sorry...forgot the stars!

sandieb's picture

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 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

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

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

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

jonny13's picture

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

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

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

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?


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