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 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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24th Nov, 2009
do you have to freeze them first or can you cook them straight away?
20th Oct, 2009
Do you have to freezr them before cooking or can you cook them straight after putting them in the pesto and breadcrumbs? Thx
30th Sep, 2009
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 :)
30th Sep, 2009
In these instructions are you cooking them straight from frozen? Thanks
19th Sep, 2009
I frequently use the mini chicken breasts which are now much cheaper than full sized. Fill a zip lock bag with porridge oats, whatever seasonings you like (I use paprika, season all, whatever), also garlic cloves, a quartered or eighthed lime, and any other seasonings you fancy. Put in chilli or tabasco if you like the heat. Mustard or mustard seeds - just whatever. Wash your mini chicken breasts and give them a shake. Then drop them into the bag. Just keep working the mix around the contents. This can be left in the fridge, or cook fairly immediately. Cook either in a dish in thepreheated oven - gas 4 for about 20 to 30 minutes. Or dry fry. Serve with a salad of tomato, cucumber and spring onion with a dressing. And fried potato, or mash - or whatever you ancy - garlic bread is good too.
5th Sep, 2009
i made these for my 2 year old, as she has developed a liking for frozen chicken nuggets, and she absolutly loved them!! i tried one and would make enough for us all to eat next time-cleanest plate iv ever seen from her-no more shop bought chicken nuggets!!
21st Aug, 2009
Delicious! I cannot stop making these at the moment, I think they are especially nice with green pesto!
20th Aug, 2009
i would have thought they will be fine to cook from frozen. The important thing with chicken is to make sure it achieves a high enough temperature for long enough- they are so small this will be no problem
13th Aug, 2009
Can someone please clarify whether you can cook these bites from frozen. I have prepared them and they are now in freezer bags, but have not been cooked at all yet. Bit worried to cook straight from freezer.
12th Aug, 2009
I think Louise you'll find that 'cook from frozen' means you make them first (ie cook them) and then just re-heat.


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