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Crispy Parmesan Chicken Bites


  • 1 large egg

  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • 1/4 cup rice flour

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided

  • 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • Marinara sauce, warmed, for serving (optional)


Step 1: Get your equipment ready

Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: Create Parmesan mixture

Lightly beat egg in a medium bowl. Combine 2/3 cup Parmesan, rice flour, Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a separate medium bowl.

Step 3: Prepare your chicken

Pat chicken pieces dry with paper towels. Add half the chicken to the egg and toss to coat; let excess egg drip off. Transfer the chicken to the Parmesan mixture; toss to fully coat and pat to lightly adhere. Arrange the chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Discard any remaining egg and Parmesan mixture. Drizzle the chicken pieces with 1 tablespoon oil and turn to coat. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.

Step 4: Bake chicken and apply final ingredients

Bake, flipping the pieces once, until golden brown, crispy and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest portion registers 165°F, 16 to 18 minutes. Remove and immediately sprinkle with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve with marinara sauce, if desired.

Nutritional Facts

Calories: 164

Fat: 10g

Saturated Fat: 2g

Cholesterol: 90mg

Carbs: 5g

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 14g

Fiber: 0g

Sodium: 274mg

Potassium: 187mg

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