Air Fryer Chicken Bites

Air fryer chicken bites are marinated in kefir, a super tenderizer covered in Panko breadcrumbs, parmesan, almond powder and thyme for a sweet and salty chicken bite!

This Air fryer chicken bites recipe is easy to make; kids love it! It’s kind of a deconstructed Chicken Parm, smaller and funnier. Plus, you can use the leftovers for a nice chicken wrap the next day or on top of a green salad for work. This kid-friendly recipe doesn’t use eggs; the kefir will make the coating stick. This dish could be used as a main meal or as a snack for a birthday party. The parmesan flavour comes through and is well-balanced with the sweet almond coat! It is a fantastic, fun bite for the whole family!

Kefir the Super Tenderizer

Air fryer chicken parmesan bites

The chicken got marinated in kefir, which tenderizes the meat twice! Thanks to its lactic acid and probiotics, which make it a super tenderizer! It’s perfect for chicken breast because it helps to retain moisture and prevent it from drying out. No Kefir at home? No worries! You can substitute it with buttermilk or plain yogurt.

Marinating time is up to you; you could go from 20 minutes to 24 hours. Preferably overnight would be the ultimate; the meat will bring in the kefir taste and be tender and not chewy.

The Coating

The coating is where the magic lies for this recipe. It’s a mix of Panko (Japanese Breadcrumbs), grated parmesan, almond powder and fresh thyme, and it’s divine! This mix of salty parmesan and sweet almond makes a perfect duo. Again, you could substitute the Panko for regular breadcrumbs, the parmesan for aged cheddar and fresh thyme for dry basil or thyme.

Serving with

Air fryer chicken parmesan bites with tomato sauce dip

I’ve drizzled some lime over the Air Fryer Chicken Bites. But if you want a fun dip, my favourite dipping sauce is a simple tomato sauce! It would be all the ingredients of Chicken Parmesan reunited! Plus, it’s way healthier than mayonnaise or ketchup. It’s like a deconstructed Chicken Parmesan dish!

Storage

You can store them easily in the fridge for up to two days. They would complement nicely the top of a lovely salad the next day. These are adaptable and fit any bowl or quick lunch, whether cold or warm.

Coleslaws SideKick Ideas

As for the sides, you can serve a lovely coleslaw, fries, creamy pasta or green salad. Here are some excellent ideas to serve these bites with:

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air fryer chicken parmesan bites

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan Bites

Air fryer chicken parmesan bites are marinated in kefir to tenderize them to the maximum, then covered in breadcrumbs, parmesan, almond powder and thyme for a fun cheesy chicken bite! Served with a simple drizzle of lime.
4.43 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
resting time: 6 hours
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: finger food, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, bites, boneless, chicken, eggs free, lime, parmesan, popcorn
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 437kcal
Author: Marie Breton

Ingredients

  • 600 g boneless chicken breast approx. 3 breasts
  • 250 ml kefir
  • 100 g panko or breadcrumbs
  • 75 g parmesan cheese
  • 30 g almond powder
  • 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil spray
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme or dry basil, thyme or parsley

Instructions

  • Start by cutting the chicken into small cubes.
  • Add to bowl with the kefir and some salt.
  • Let marinate in the fridge, covered for 6-12 hours.
  • Add the panko, grated parmesan, almond powder and thyme to a bowl and mix.
  • Add a few chicken pieces to the dry mix and cover.
  • Add to the Air fryer at 200°C (400F°) for 10 minutes. Ensure the basket is not overfilled; make a few batches if necessary.

Video

Notes

Serve with lime wedges, or if the kids need a dip, use a tomato sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 691mg | Potassium: 666mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 423IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 388mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan Bites
Amount per Serving
Calories
437
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
16
g
25
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Trans Fat
 
0.02
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
117
mg
39
%
Sodium
 
691
mg
30
%
Potassium
 
666
mg
19
%
Carbohydrates
 
27
g
9
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
46
g
92
%
Vitamin A
 
423
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
14
mg
17
%
Calcium
 
388
mg
39
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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10 Comments

  • nancy

    5 stars
    im obsessed with these Air fryer chicken parmesan bites!! my DD and I literally fight for the last little bite. thanks for the delicious recipe

  • Bernice

    5 stars
    Great timing! Yesterday I bought a huge tray of chicken breasts from Costco and then I was too tired to make dinner (classic move, I know!) However, I did start marinating them last night and am looking forward to an easy dinner tonight.

  • Vanessa

    5 stars
    These were so delicious and the chicken was still tender thanks to the kefir! My boys gobbled them up!

  • Sean

    5 stars
    I love bite sized crispy chicken in general, but the air-fryer aspect PLUS the cool flavouring-and-tenderizing aspect with the kefir really makes this work for me. Awesome idea, and great for an appetizer or small meal!

  • Patricia

    These turned out fabulous, and I loved (and used) your suggestion for adding leftovers to a wrap! Little chicken parms — brilliant!

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