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Toddler Chicken Bites

Chicken nuggets are the quintessential food staple for families these days.  Walk down your grocer’s freezer aisle and you will see a variety of frozen options from popcorn, to nuggets, to strips.  Do you ever wonder what is really in those chicken products? If it is even real chicken?  I sure did, and I was set on finding a suitable alternative that my family would actually eat like they did the other (yes there was a time that I fed them the OTHER).  After scouring the internet and my cookbooks, I put together this recipe hoping my family would give it a try.  Give it a try they did -and now I can’t keep the freezer stocked with these yummy little bites.

Chicken Bites

Lisa @ onceamonthmeals.com



Preheat oven to 400F.  Soak chicken in ranch dressing for 30 minutes.  In a shallow baking dish, combine Ritz cracker crumbs, Parmesan cheese and paprika.  One at a time, dip chicken chunks into crumb mixture, pressing down to ensure entire surface of chicken is coated.  Transfer to a greased cookie sheet.  Repeat until all chicken breast cubes are coated.  Bake 15 minutes or until chicken in cooked through.  Cool slightly before serving.

Freezing Directions:

Follow directions above.  Cool chicken bites completely.  Transfer to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and flash freeze.  Divide among indicated number of gallon freezer bags. TO SERVE:  Do not thaw.  Microwave desired number of chicken bites until heated through – apx 90 seconds.

Servings: 4

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

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21 Responses to “Toddler Chicken Bites”

  1. Jessica says:

    My family and I have made something like this before and my 5 yo loves them!

    I’ve even made these into taco chicken bites by swapping out the ranch dressing for equal amounts yogurt mixed with a packet of taco seasoning!

    Fabulous recipe!

  2. Lisa says:

    We make these for our kids all the time. I omit the ranch and soak in puree veggies (like carrots, peas or broccoli) for my picky eaters. We also take leftovers – when we have them- and make chicken Alfredo the next day with them.

  3. Stephanie says:

    Can anyone tell me how long this will last in the freezer?

  4. Kelly says:

    Great recipe! Rookie question but what does “flash freeze” mean? Thx!

  5. Jen says:

    Just a note: Ritz crackers have TBHQ in them, which we avoid as it is petroleum based… I found a great alternative at Trader Joe’s for anyone who may want to use something different!

    • Kim says:

      Jen, thanks for the heads up on the Ritz crackers. Which alternative have you found? My son loves his Ritz crackers. I would still love to try this recipe with another brand.

      • lisa says:

        Kim – I have made my own bread crumbs and substitute them in a pinch when I haven’t Ritz on hand. Club crackers are a good sub as well – really anything that you can blend up to the same consistency/texture will work! Gold fish crackers would be a good and tasty alternative as well! Good Luck!

  6. Jen says:

    I assume when we reheat we can also pop them in the oven or convection oven correct? Thanks!

  7. Jen says:

    Made these for my boys today. It was a big hit! Thanks!

  8. Tiffany says:

    What could be used instead of ritz crackers? We don’t always have those on hand since their my sons favorite, they don’t last very long in our house. But I have A TON of cornflakes (from couponing) that I’m trying to find use for. Would those work?

    • lisa says:

      Tiffany – I don’t always have Ritz to use either! I think the cornflakes would be fine if you crush them finely. I have also used bread crumbs or club crackers if I am in a pinch!

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  10. Melissa says:

    So I made these which are delicious I used caesar dressing instead but anyways I freezed them and then today I went to re heat them like they said for 90 seconds and they were rock hard! any suggestions?

  11. Ana says:

    Wow! Just made these for the first time, and sooo much better than store bought chicken nuggets. The only complaint, there aren’t going to be any left over to freeze. ;) Next time I’m going to have to make several batches!

    • Lisa says:

      Ana – so glad that you enjoyed them! My teenagers and husband gobble them up – and we never have any left over to freeze either.

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