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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mautycka's picture
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Yum!

tracychild's picture

Please can you clarify, do you cook these from frozen?

tobyjug3's picture

Made for a party with Parmesan and garlic granules in the crumb. Not 1 piece left
Carol

thisxgirl's picture
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I made this with sundried tomato pesto and coated with a mixture of breadcrumbs and grated parmesan. Much more preferable to buying dubious crispy chicken at the supermarket or takeaway place.

redsnapperuk's picture

Made these last night for the kids and they just loved them. My 5 yo daughter said that I can make these again!!

smith5534's picture
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Great recipe!! You know what is going in these, so no guilt about serving up chicken nuggets!! Wasn't sure about the pesto, but once cooked the taste was lovely!! Would thoroughly recommend - great for everyone.

law2212's picture
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Very quick and easy to make - delicious.

linniemills's picture

Just to clarify - is this a cook from frozen recipe? Planning next weeks meals and this would be perfect for an "after swimming meal".

gemconyard's picture
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Fab Recipe, the whole family loved these, even my husband who doesn't like pesto. Made the chicken a few days before a day when I knew I was going to be too busy to cook a big meal and would usually of hit the takeaway, a great healthy meal with very little effort. Now a firm family favourite.

magicmanuk's picture

These are great - For a change try substituting the breadcrumbs for crushed breakfast cereal, like cornflakes etc (Just not the super sweetened types.)

chrisborderick's picture
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everyone loved these...even the dog!

lyndsey_allison0506's picture
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just made this with the chunky oven chips - wow!! Absolutely delicious.

sarah_llew's picture
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So tasty and easy to make great using turkey breats aswell!

angfen's picture
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So easy to make and my son who is 4 and a fussy eater loves them

gingerchick2's picture
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Forget the kids - these are a great freezer standby for when you have a late night home from work. Teamed up with potatoe salad, coleslaw & bowl of salad - job done- dinner in flash. Plus no guilt- as you made them yourself!

bluesnicket's picture
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Will be making this recipe again. I used crusts and some left over tortillas to make the quantity of breadcrumbs which worked well. Very easy and the children loved them.

josiejo's picture
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Winner, kids love them, I'm happy.

rackeech's picture
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Indeed, very good and very easy to make . I also tried with different pesto (green, aubergine) and it came out very tasty too. I also season the bread crumbs with garlic granules and/or different herbs. Infinite variations on this theme!

tt54321's picture
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Really jummy and very easy to make. Will be making these again soon.

charlottemanduca's picture
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These were delicious - much nicer than ordinary chicken nuggets and even my fussy 4 year old liked them!

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