Crisp chicken bites

Crisp chicken bites

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(70 ratings)

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 fillets
  • 6 tbsp red pesto
  • 3 large handfuls breadcrumbs, 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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28th Apr, 2012
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.
14th Apr, 2012
How long do you cook these for from frozen?
13th Apr, 2012
Im going to try this recipe today but does anybody have any ideas as to a side dish other than chips???? Thanks
15th Feb, 2012
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.
20th Oct, 2011
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!
8th Oct, 2011
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.
29th Sep, 2011
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.
19th Aug, 2011
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!
19th Aug, 2011
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.
7th Aug, 2011
Brilliant. We have tried it with both chicken and turkey breast and both taste good.


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