Blackened Chicken Bites

Blackened Chicken Bites Recipe – tender chicken coated with a blend of smoky paprika, herbs, and a touch of heat, then seared to perfection. Perfect for an appetizer, snack, or a main dish paired with your favorite sides. Don’t forget to whip up a batch of our zesty honey mustard dipping sauce for that extra burst of flavor! Low-carb, keto-friendly, and gluten-free!

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Easy Chicken Bites Recipe

We are obsessed with these Blackened Chicken Bites! They are an explosion of bold flavors that’ll make your taste buds dance with joy! Diced chicken breasts are perfectly seasoned with a blend of smoky paprika, zesty garlic and onion powder, oregano, basil, thyme, and just a hint of cayenne for that irresistible kick. As they sizzle away in the skillet, the chicken develops a mouthwatering crust that locks in all those savory spices. The result? Tender, juicy bites bursting with a mix of smoky, spicy, and spicy goodness that’ll keep you coming back for more. These chicken bites are as easy to make as they are to devour!

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How to Make Blackened Chicken Bites

This chicken recipe is effortless to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large bowl, whisk together kosher salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil, thyme, and cayenne pepper. Cut raw chicken tenderloins into bite-sized pieces. Place chicken in the bowl, tossing to coat. 

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to the pan in a single layer and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on one side to get a nice sear. Flip the chicken and continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF. Transfer chicken to a plate or serving platter and garnish with fresh parsley.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can use any raw chicken you prefer.
    • Boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken thighs or chicken tenderloins all work great.
    • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken. Chicken needs to be 165ºF.
  • Can substitute butter for olive oil.
  • Are Blackened Chicken Bites spicy? Yes. There is a kick to the chicken from the cayenne pepper. Reduce the amount to your personal preference.
  • Are Blackened Chicken Bites low carb? Yes! All of the ingredients in this recipe are low carb, keto-friendly, and gluten-free.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
    • Reheat leftovers in the microwave.
    • Leftover chicken is great on a salad, tossed in pasta, or in a tortilla wrap.
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What to Serve with Chicken Bites

These chicken nuggets have been on repeat at our house. We can not get enough of them. They are so easy to make on a busy weeknight and they are bursting with so much flavor! Start with a generous portion of creamy Fettuccine Alfredo, its velvety, cheesy goodness serving as a luxurious backdrop to the bold flavors of the chicken. On the side, scoop up some velvety mashed potatoes for a comforting element that complements the spice of the blackened chicken. Add a pop of color and crunch with a side of crisp-tender green beans. For a lighter alternative, serve up fluffy cauliflower rice that soaks up the flavorful juices. And don’t forget a side of honey mustard, bbq sauce, or ranch dressing for dipping. No matter what you serve with this dish, it is sure to be a hit!

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Blackened Chicken Bites

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Blackened Chicken Bites Recipe – tender chicken coated with a blend of smoky paprika, herbs, and a touch of heat, then seared to perfection. Perfect for an appetizer, snack, or a main dish paired with your favorite sides. Don't forget to whip up a batch of our zesty honey mustard dipping sauce for that extra burst of flavor! Low-carb, keto-friendly, and gluten-free!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together kosher salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil, thyme, and cayenne pepper.
  • Cut chicken tenderloins into bite-sized pieces. Place chicken in the bowl, tossing to coat.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken to the pan in a single layer and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on one side to get a nice sear. Flip the chicken and continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF, approximately 3 to 4 minutes.

Notes:

  • You can use any raw chicken you prefer.
    • Boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken thighs or chicken tenderloins all work great.
    • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken. Chicken needs to be 165ºF.
  • Can substitute butter for olive oil.
  • Are Blackened Chicken Bites spicy? Yes. There is a kick to the chicken from the cayenne pepper. Reduce the amount to your personal preference.
  • Are Blackened Chicken Bites low carb? Yes! All of the ingredients in this recipe are low carb, keto-friendly, and gluten-free.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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