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Chicken Parmesan Bites – Just 3 Ingredients!

These easy Chicken Parmesan Bites take just 3 ingredients, so they’re perfect for easy and elegant appetizers or even quick prep kids’ dinners!

Chicken parmesan is one of my kids’ favorite foods, which makes sense… Combine chicken tenders and pizza (two classic kid favorites) and you get Chicken Parmesan. What’s not to love?

And these Chicken Parmesan Bites are so easy to make that you’ll love them, too! And this is coming from a Momma that can’t cook…

Literally…

My oldest daughter tells people that she has to go write her will before she eats my cooking, and my youngest daughter tells everyone that I can’t even make toast.

And my husband would agree with them… especially after an unfortunate incident years ago when I had the genius idea to surprise him with a fancy sea scallops dinner that ended in a serious bout of food poisoning.

So now I pretty much stick to cereal and salad. Because I can mix pre-cut veggies together in a bowl like nobody’s business! 🙂

But, thanks to these easy Chicken Parmesan Bites that are made with pre-cooked chicken, jarred marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese, I can add another recipe to my repertoire.

If your kitchen skills are seriously lacking, or if you’re just too busy to prepare fully homemade meals, then you will love this easy Chicken Parmesan recipe, too!

chicken parmesan bites on a a plate with cocktail forks

Print out this recipe and file it under easy dinner ideas for kids AND elegant party appetizer recipes, because it would be perfect for both!

Here’s how to make this super easy Chicken Parmesan Bites recipe in under 30 minutes:

Ingredients for Chicken Parmesan Bites

  • 26-ounce bag frozen popcorn chicken
  • 14-ounce jar marinara sauce
  • cups shredded mozzarella cheese

To make these cute little bites into elegant appetizers, just add mini cocktail forks or cute picks!

Best Chicken Nuggets to Use for Parmesan Chicken

You should have a few different options for popcorn chicken and other bite-sized chicken in your grocery store freezer section. If you’re going to use this recipe as party appetizers, then I suggest going with the popcorn chicken or at least “chicken chunks” because they will look more elegant than the flat chicken nuggets that get doled out on kids’ lunch trays.

However, if you’re going to serve these to your kids for dinner, it’s probably best to stick with their favorite frozen chicken.

The Taste recently did a kid taste test to determine the best frozen chicken nugget, and named Perdue Simply Organics Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks as the winner. This Perdue option would also work for fancy appetizers, but the “chunks” won’t give you the elegant “ball” look.

Here are some other frozen chicken options for this easy Chicken Parmesan Bites recipe:

  • Tyson Any-tizers Popcorn Chicken
  • Perdue Breaded Popcorn Chicken
  • Great Value Popcorn Chicken (or other store brand – this is what I used for this Parmesan Chicken recipe)
  • Bell and Evans Breaded Chicken Nuggets
  • Earth’s Best Frozen Popcorn Chicken

How to Make Easy Chicken Parmesan Bites

Here are the super simple directions to make these easy chicken bites… I’m telling you, this is going to be your new go-to recipe for kids’ dinners!

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Spread all the popcorn chicken over the baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes, until crispy.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and top each piece with marinara sauce.
popcorn chicken on a baking sheet with marinara sauce on top
  • Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top of the chicken until all the pieces are covered.
popcorn chicken with marinara sauce and mozzarella on top on a baking sheet
  • Place the baking sheet back in the oven and bake for five minutes, until cheese is melted.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
cooked parmesan chicken bites on a baking sheet with a red and white towel

Then, just add these easy chicken bites to one of these great no-cook side dish options for kids, or plate with cocktail picks for fancy looking appetizers like this:

appetizer chicken parmesan bites with cocktail picks on a plate

Here’s the handy recipe card to print and add to your recipe binder:

Yield: 30 servings

Chicken Parmesan Bites

chicken parmesan bites on a baking sheet with a red and white towel

These easy chicken parmesan bites are perfect to make for kids dinners. Or, just add mini cocktail forks to turn these chicken bites into the perfect 3 ingredient elegant party appetizer!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 26-oz bag of frozen popcorn chicken
  • 1 14-oz jar marinara sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. Spread all the popcorn chicken over the baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes, until crispy.
    3. Remove the chicken from the oven and top each piece with marinara sauce.
    4. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top of the chicken until all the pieces are covered.
    5. Place the baking sheet back in the oven and bake for five minutes, until cheese is melted.
    6. Once cheese is melted, remove baking sheet from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

30

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 387mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. Different online calculators may calculate nutritional information differently. Also, the addition of optional ingredients and varying brands and products may change the information. For the most accurate data, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients that you use.

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  1. Looks so delicious! I am going to definitely have to try Chicken Parmesan Bites keep posting