Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan Bites

Crispy Chicken Parmesan Bites

There have been recipes that I’ve carefully planned, tweaked and experimented with, and failed – time and time again – to get right.

So frustrating.

To take perfectly edible and delicious (and increasingly more expensive!) ingredients and work and toil and turn them into something… less.

But then I’ll stumble on the saving grace.

The recipe I improvise – with what I happen to find in the fridge – that tastes absolutely delicious and perfect without any effort at all.

These crispy baked chicken parmesan bites are one of those random strokes of luck.

I happened to have cubed chicken in the fridge…


So I just threw this recipe together.

It was a lazy day when I didn’t feel like cooking (or washing a lot of dishes later).

And – of course.

This is the recipe that becomes a quick and simple, delicious, go-to recipe that Chris and I both love.


These ‘Chicken Parmesan Bites’ check all the boxes:

full of flavor with a satisfying crispy breading,

healthy without tasting anything like health food,

so easy to make – ready in under 30 minutes.


I make a homemade marinara dipping sauce to go along with them – this is where I sneak healthy veggies into the dish.

Because homemade marinara sauce is always so much better than anything out of a jar.

And this one is ready in under 15 minutes.


These Chicken Parmesan Bites are really crispy, flavorful and tasty.

And they’re just fun to eat.


The marinara sauce is extremely hearty and thick, ideal for dipping.

Or, I prefer to combine the  marinara sauce with some cooked whole wheat penne, topped with Chicken Parmesan Bites.

It’s a very tasty, crowd-pleasing pasta dish.

Best part: this dish is so quick and easy.

I love this one. Thank you random, unplanned Good Luck.

Here’s the recipe for Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan Bites:

Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan Bites
Recipe type: Healthy Chicken Dish
Total Time: 30 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
For the Chicken Parmesan Bites:
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cubed
  • ⅔ cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • ⅓ cup parmesan, freshly grated
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the 12-Minute Homemade Marinara:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 2 small celery ribs, chopped
  • 16-ounce container diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the Chicken Parmesan Bites:
  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.
  2. Add the following to a large sealable plastic bag: panko breadcrumbs, parmesan, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence. Seal the bag and shake the ingredients until everything is well combined.
  3. Add the cubed chicken to the bag, seal, and shake again until every piece of chicken is well coated in the breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Arrange the breaded chicken on a parchment-lined baking sheet so that no two pieces are overlapping. Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper over the chicken.
  5. Measure a tablespoon of olive oil and carefully drizzle a bit of oil over each piece of chicken. Repeat.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 15-16 minutes, or until the breading becomes crispy and golden. Serve.
For the 12-Minute Homemade Marinara:
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Place the onion, carrot, and celery in the pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence, and 1½ teaspoons garlic powder. Stir to combine. Reduce the heat to medium and allow the sauce to simmer, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Turn off the heat and puree the sauce with an immersion hand blender (or transfer Marinara Sauce to a blender or food processor to puree).
  5. Serve as a dipping sauce for the Chicken Parmesan Bites. Or combine the Marinara Sauce with some cooked penne and top with Chicken Parmesan Bites.

*I estimate approximate nutrition information using the Verywell Recipe Nutrition Calculator.



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  1. April 26, 2013 / 11:36 am

    Great party snack, but a lovely appetizer dish too!

  2. April 26, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    Wonderful recipe … and I love everything about it – the photos doesn’t make anything less interesting. Love it … but I will use bigger pieces of chicken .. when I do it, you know me. Your photos are stunning as always. My love to you and your two”boys”, 2-legs and 4 legs. And I want that grey and white material you use.. as background. The cutlery one. So nice to hear from you.

  3. April 26, 2013 / 3:25 pm

    These bites look so tasty, love when a recipe comes together! The parmesan-herb coating sounds delish, and I love the marinara dipping sauce!

  4. April 26, 2013 / 4:04 pm

    What a delicious appetiser idea my friend 😀


  5. April 28, 2013 / 8:19 pm

    This is going to be one of our favorite family and party bites recipe!
    Love the fresh veggies in the dipping sauce too.
    Well done 🙂

  6. April 28, 2013 / 8:44 pm

    I agree with everyone that this does look rather tasty…
    but more more importantly where did you get your Tablecloth/ placemats from! (the ones with the vintage cake serving thingys….) I Need/Want/Must have!

  7. April 28, 2013 / 11:22 pm

    Your marina sauce looks great, but I have to say that this chicken doesn’t need it! With the Parmesan in the crust, I would just want to eat these right out of the oven. Actually, I’m sure the sauce adds a lot to them. What a great snack, lunch or dinner!

  8. April 30, 2013 / 4:58 pm

    Such a great appetizer! I know how it feels to have recipes fail after so much hard work and money Most frustrating thing everrr 🙂

  9. April 30, 2013 / 7:46 pm

    These look so fun and tasty – plus I really like the quick dipping sauce! These look perfect for a Friday night dinner with a movie.

  10. May 4, 2013 / 9:56 pm

    YUM! Putting this on the meal plan for this week

  11. May 6, 2013 / 7:27 pm

    this is definitely a great dish to please a crowd with!

  12. May 7, 2013 / 4:55 pm

    This would be a fantastic addition to an outdoor Summer Party Menu – with a tall glass of something nice! I’m sure they’d go fast x love your photos Jen!

  13. May 12, 2013 / 4:19 pm

    Wow, these look so delicious!! What a perfect snack or appetizer. We love chicken parmesan in my house, and this is such a fun way to eat it. Pinned!

  14. Ruth
    August 28, 2013 / 7:40 am

    Have made these three times now, and my meat and potatoes guy likes them! He even loved the marinara sauce! The panko gives it a pleasantly satisfying crunch — way better than your average breadcrumb breading. I made a special trip to get herbes de Provence and it was worth both the price of the bottle and the hassle of the special trip to the store.

    Also, the reason to use (more expensive) parchment paper to bake the bites vs aluminum foil is….. The bites stick badly to foil. Learn from my “experiment.”

    • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
      August 28, 2013 / 9:35 am

      That’s great, I always like to hear how people like the recipes, so thank you for your comment! Yes, I think once a person has Herbes de Provence in the kitchen, they’ll become addicted – it’s tasty with chicken, steak, pork, sautéed veggies, everything! 🙂

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