Chicken Parmesan Bites

Thursday, January 7, 2010
Chicken Parmesan Poppers also referred to as "chicken parmesan bites, chicken parmesan poppers, or miniature chicken parm appetizers", is a popular Italian-American meal often served as a main course, usually with a side of pasta and many restaurants so we made a chicken parmesan popper appetizer in today's recipe.


Our chicken poppers are similar to the original recipe for breaded chicken parmigiana, smothered in marinara sauce topped with melted provolone and mozzarella cheeses.


This quick and easy appetizer can be made from scratch or less than 30 minutes using store-bought ingredients if you use pre-cooked chicken nuggets or (tenders cut up) and in a hurry.


The ingredients are all simplified and we have several suggestions that you may like below and substitutions that still will satisfy any "parmigiana" style lover of this recipe.


The best part about this recipe is we make huge pans on skewers like kabobs for large events or smaller amounts when entertaining a small dinner party.


Just scroll down for all our suggestions and recipe ideas.


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If you love easy appetizers this is going to be your new favorite it has all the same great chicken parmesan bites have all the flavor of this popular meal for all fans out there.


Once you decide whether you want to tackle this all homemade or just use cooked chicken with sauce and cheese, you're on your way to a favorite hit at every gathering.


The creative ideas are really endless as you can serve these mini chicken bites even with garlic bread on the side.


Have a jar of marinara sauce handy or make our homemade marinara recipe either way you're going to love this idea.


Your recipes can be adapted to using all store-bought ingredients for a quick weeknight meal or make everything homemade from scratch starting with my original Chicken Parmesan recipe.


chicken skewers


Ingredients For Chicken Parmesan Poppers

  1. fresh chicken cubed for all homemade versions or use
  2. store-bought chicken patties cut up,  nuggets, or chicken tenders
  3. marinara sauce homemade or your favorite jarred sauce
  4. shredded non-smoked provolone and slices of mozzarella cheese, or use shredded cheeses you prefer
  5. granulated garlic powder, salt, pepper oregano
  6. egg
  7. panko
  8. flour
  9. Parmesan cheese
  10. Optional: chopped fresh basil


chicken breading station


Tips and Combination Suggestions

  • leftovers made the best sandwiches.
  • Broil the top for a crispy cheese
  • Use cooked breaded, grilled, or rotisserie chicken 
  • wrap with crispy bacon
  • Keep your favorite jarred sauce on hand for fast appetizers
  • Chicken patties, tenders, and even nuggets can be used 
  • Havarti, provolone, mozzarella, or any good melting cheese can be used
  • Serve with garlic bread on the side
  • Substitute eggplant cubes for all vegetarians or another vegetable you can cube 
  • Sausage, peppers, onions, marinara sauce, and mozzarella are another combination instead of chicken kabobs


cubed chicken raw


More Chicken Recipes To Try



Chicken Francese


Baked Taste Like Fried Lemon Chicken Cutlets


Bundt Pan Roasted Chicken


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Easy Fast Chicken Bites



There are so many possibilities to make this quick appetizer plus they're perfect for all occasions.


I really love the fact you can make these all from scratch or get them done quickly when buying all premade ingredients.


I usually air fry the chicken tenders, add the sauce and cheese, and voila instant appetizer bites in less than 15 minutes.


I would love to hear what your creations are so leave us a comment and let us know what you've done to make these chicken parmesan poppers for your next party and how you liked them.


Chicken Parmesan Bites

Chicken Parm Poppers

Yield: 20
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min
These are chicken parmesan popper appetizers. Little cubes with marinara and mozzarella with parmesan cheese all in one bite.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon roasted granulated garlic powder or use regular
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan and more for sprinkling on when serving
  • 1 large egg, beaten with 1 tbsp. water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 pounds of. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Canola or vegetable oil, for frying
  • Air Frying will require brushing oil on the basket
  • Baked will require cooking spray oil or a greased baking sheet.
  • 1 cup store-bought marinara or use our freshly made recipe
  • 1 cup of grated whole milk mozzarella or provolone (or use a combination)
  • Optional Garnish: freshly chopped basil
  • Small skewers or toothpicks

Instructions

  1. For Baking preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. For Air Fry preheat the air fryer for 4 minutes before cooking at 400 degrees.
  3. For Pan-fried heat 2 inches of oil on medium heat.
  4. These can be fried, air fried, or baked see notes for cooking methods.
  5. Set up 3 pie plates for a breading station with flour, and breadcrumbs with added 1/4 cup of grated cheese, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper, and egg in different bowls.
  6. Cut the chicken into small bite-sized pieces on a cutting board around 2 inches in size.
  7. Roll the chicken in flour, then dip into egg then panko breadcrumbs.
  8. Choose a cooking method.
  9. Pan fry 5 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  10. Bake will take around 20 minutes on 400 degrees.
  11. Air Fry will take 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
  12. All Cooking Methods:
  13. Place the chicken on a heat resistance baking pan.
  14. Top with marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella, grated Parmesan cheese, add a toothpick for each piece and broil for 2 minutes until cheese is melted.
  15. Note: If using small skewers for kabobs, thread the cooked chicken on the skewers. Place on a baking sheet. Add the sauce cheese and broil until the cheese is melted.
  16. Sprinkle with any remaining grated cheese when serving.
  17. Garnish with fresh chopped basil if desired

Notes

Tips and Combination Suggestions

  • leftovers made the best sandwiches.
  • Broil the top for a crispy cheese
  • Use cooked breaded, grilled, or rotisserie chicken 
  • wrap with crispy bacon
  • Keep your favorite jarred sauce on hand for fast appetizers
  • Chicken patties, tenders, and even nuggets can be used 
  • Havarti, provolone, mozzarella, or any good melting cheese can be used
  • Serve with garlic bread on the side
  • Substitute eggplant cubes for all vegetarians or another vegetable you can cube 
  • Sausage, peppers, onions, marinara sauce, and mozzarella are another combination instead of chicken kabobs


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20 comments

  1. Scrumptious appetizer. Chicken breaded till golden and mozzarella absolutely yummy - very creative!!

    All the best,

    Gera

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  2. Scrumptious indeed and I imagine, quite addictive too!!!

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  3. Gosh, this is so appertizing, So irresistible!

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  4. I love it, what a great idea! I have been stressing about an interesting appetizer to take to a party next weekend, I an going to try these! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. You are amazing. I would serve these delctables for dinner. In fact - I may.

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  6. Brilliant! I love that they aren't fried and with reduced fat cheese it's actually really good for you! Great for January!

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  7. A great idea; sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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  8. Hey now these really look great and bite sized is perfect for parties too.

    Regards,
    CCR
    =:~)

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  9. Finally a game day appetizer with some Italian flavors I can get into. I am making these on sunday.

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  10. thanks everyone glad you liked these so quick and easy Italian style poppers!

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  11. haven't seen an appetizer from you yet that isn't a killer ....

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  12. Oh Yummy and yummy again. Chicken parm in bite size pieces, very creative!

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  13. Gosh, they do look yummy, and a great innovation!

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  14. ooohh lala!!!! Exactly what I need today! I am planning for a birthday bash for my daughter next month --and this is a winner !!!!

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  15. These totally make sitting through a football came worth it!!

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  16. That looks real good. A great item for parties too. I can eat a big plate of that while watching TV or reading.

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  17. Brilliant apps! So sophisticated. I absolutely love your comments, btw. You always make me smile!

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  18. Lauren @ DelicateflavorsJune 23, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    What a delicious and easy appetizer! Your recipes are absolutely wonderful. I am adding you to my list of favorite food blog. Cheers!

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