Parmesan Almond Crusted Chicken Bites Recipe

Parmesan almond crusted chicken bites recipe

My blog has been live over 10 months now, and this is the first chicken recipe I’ve posted. It’s been a long time coming – I know.

The truth is, I have sort of a love-hate relationship with chicken. So often, I find chicken to be dry and lacking in flavor. And therefore, it’s rare for me to get excited about it.

A few weeks ago, my friend Jillian brought this flavorful chicken dish to a picnic – and by doing so, made me excited about a chicken recipe for the first time in a long time.

These chicken bites are along the lines of a homemade chicken nugget, but without all the questionable ingredients.

Your kids will love them. But with a crunchy almond and Parmesan crust, you’ll love them too.

They’re baked, not fried, so you can feel good about feeding these to your whole family.

They’re low carb and keto-friendly.

Serve with homemade sweet chili sauce or another dipping sauce.

Parmesan almond crusted chicken bites recipe

I made these the other night when I had guests over. I used six chicken breasts to feed 11 people – and that was more than enough. I suggest using two chicken breasts to feed four people (assuming you’re also making side dishes).

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Parmesan Almond-Crusted Chicken Bites
Yield: 4 servings

Parmesan Almond-Crusted Chicken Bites

Serve these with honey-mustard, ranch dressing, sweet chili sauce, or your favorite dip.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cups almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Slice chicken breasts in half the long way. Cut each half into three strips and cut each strip into thirds. For each chicken breast, you should get approximately 18 individual, bite-sized pieces.
  2. Place Parmesan cheese and almonds into a blender or food processor. Pulse until finely ground. Add paprika and desired spices. Place in a small bowl.
  3. Beat egg in a small bowl. To prepare chicken bites, dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture. Let any excess drip off. Next, dip the chicken piece into the Parmesan-almond mixture. Place on a greased baking sheet. Repeat.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Let cool for a couple of minutes before serving.

10 Responses to “Parmesan Almond Crusted Chicken Bites Recipe”

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    Eileen — July 30, 2012 @ 3:41 am

    These guys sound like the perfect addition to a buffet–tasty, crunchy, savory, and easy to carry around on a tiny plate while talking to all your best friends. 🙂

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    yumgoggle — July 30, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    My daughter loves chicken bites. I love the less messy bite-sized chicken cuts. Finger foods need less complexities in handling, making them really perfect for picnics, packed lunch and to-go snacks. I love that this recipe is cheesy too!
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    As A Verb — July 30, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    This looks awesome, I can’t wait to try it. I love that the almonds & parmesan become the breading. I can’t wait to try this :).

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    liz — August 1, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

    Wow – these look like the perfect thing to bring to a potluck – so yummy & easy! Can’t wait to try them!

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    Jillian — August 4, 2012 @ 12:15 am

    Thanks for posting this! I hope everyone enjoys these as much as I do!

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    Lauren — August 30, 2012 @ 1:39 am

    These were so delicious! They were surprisingly even better than I expected. Thank you!

    • Haley replied: — August 30th, 2012 @ 1:46 am

      Thanks! I’m so glad my friend introduced me to this recipe. I think the key is letting them cool a bit before eating – or else they’re still a little melty.

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    wenderlynn — September 28, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

    i think my husband would like these.and he’s a real fuss pot !

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