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There is a time for lengthy, involved recipes. They often yield some of the most tasty creations, that make the time invested totally worth it. And then there’s a time for brevity. And oh the joy when an easy recipe yields an amazing result! Angels sing!
My mom gave me a chicken parmesan recipe when I moved out that I made lots of times to rave reviews. It involved the traditional steps of dipping chicken breasts in an egg mixture and breadcrumbs, browning in oil, then baking with cheese and marinara. Delish!
These chicken parmesan bites, however, are much more likely to make it to the dinner table. They’re a snap to make and are so flavorful!
Chicken Parmesan Bites
These tasty chicken bites are perfect for a weeknight meal, and delicious enough to serve to guests. I’ve made a couple of tweaks to the original recipe to make it perfect for us. The original is yummy…but isn’t that the idea, that you take a great recipe, and play around with it to make it yours. I’d love to know how you change things up for your family!
Chop up boneless skinless chicken breasts and season with seasoned salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then mix your mayo and parmesan cheese together, and season that with a bit more pepper and garlic powder (the parmesan is pretty salty, so I don’t add more salt here).
Stir your mayo mixture and chicken pieces together, coating all the pieces. Then dump it all onto a foil lined sheet pan and spread it out. (If you are using less chicken than me, you could use a 9 x 13 baking dish–I cook for hungry boys who like leftovers for lunch…and breakfast…and snacks.) The idea is that giving the chicken a little room allows the pieces to crisp up a bit more.
Next, sprinkle your Panko breadcrumbs over the top. (If you haven’t used Panko, you’ll find them right by the regular breadcrumbs. They are lighter and get really crispy.) Give it all a heavy spritz with cooking spray (olive oil spray is the best, I had vegetable oil spray today, and it words great, too) and a little drizzle of olive oil. This also helps the pieces get crispy. (Have you noticed the crispy theme here?? Pretty much all of the changes I made to the original recipe were to up the crispy factor.)
I like to serve ours with pasta and marinara, like a traditional chicken parmesan.
You should give this a try—I think you’ll be surprised at how flavorful and rich it is…and crispy!