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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31st Jul, 2011
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
28th Jul, 2011
Amazing amamzing recipe!! So simple. I now have a freezer draw dedicated to these chicken bites.
6th Jul, 2011
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.
27th Apr, 2011
Not crispy at all and really quite bland. Didn't go down too well in my house!
17th Apr, 2011
Fab my 2 loved this infact the eldest asked for more! really easy to make also
21st Mar, 2011
Didn't have any red pesto so used green:) came out fab! Not that crispy though...
10th Mar, 2011
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.
9th Feb, 2011
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!
20th Jan, 2011
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.
7th Jan, 2011
Sorry...forgot the stars!


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