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Crunchy Baked Parmesan Chicken Bites

These chicken bites are so crispy and flavored with Parmesan cheese. They are breaded with panko breadcrumbs and baked instead of fried, so they are easier to make and a little healthier. Plus, you only need four ingredients to make them.

close-up photo of a chicken bite being dipped in sauce

These chicken bites are coated in a panko bread crumb and Parmesan cheese mix and baked until crunchy. They are a tasty bite, especially when dipped into a side of marinara sauce. They are great as an appetizer or snack.

I have been obsessed with baking panko breadcrumb coated chicken. I love how crispy the chicken turns out without having to fry it. Inspired by Gimme Some Oven’s Parmesan Baked Chicken Nuggets, I decided to mix some Parmesan into my panko breading to create these crunchy baked Parmesan chicken bites.

photo of a bowl of crispy chicken bites


  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Extra-large egg

Chicken thighs have more flavor, but if you can substitute boneless skinless chicken breast pieces if you like.

There are several different brands of panko and I really prefer to use Kikkoman brand of panko breadcrumbs. I like the finer texture and find that they also brown more evenly in the oven.

This recipe works best with finely grated Parmesan cheese. I just buy shredded parmesan cheese and pulse it in my food processor.

photo collage of a package of panko and a handful of panko breadcrumbs
overhead photo of panko in a food processor

Recipe Steps

  • Combine the cheese and panko in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg.
  • Dip each chicken piece in the egg and then roll them in the breadcrumbs. Place them on a baking sheet.
  • Bake the chicken bites for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

Because the panko bread crumbs were mixed with finely ground cheese, the coating didn’t brown quite as evenly as I would have liked, but they still tasted really good. I especially liked how they tasted once dipped in marinara sauce because it reminded me of the classic baked Parmesan chicken dish.

photo of a chicken bite sitting in sauce

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Crunchy Baked Parmesan Chicken Bites

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
These chicken pieces are coated in a panko breadcrumb and Parmesan cheese mix and baked until crunchy. They are a tasty bite, especially when dipped into a side of marinara sauce.


  • 1 lb boneless chicken thighs cut into 1-inch pieces (see note)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs (see note)
  • 1 cup finely ground Parmesan cheese (see note)
  • 1 extra large egg whisked
  • marinara sauce for dipping


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Add panko and cheese to a large bowl and then mix together until thoroughly combined. 
  • Dip chicken pieces in egg and then roll in breadcrumb mixture until fully coated and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat until all chicken is coated. 
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes until chicken coating is a dark golden brown and crunchy. Serve with marinara sauce.


  • I like chicken thighs for this recipe because they have a lot of flavor, but you can also use chicken breasts if that's what you have on hand.
  • I like to use Kikkoman brand panko breadcrumbs because they brown evenly. I shared a photo of the packaging in the blog post.
  • I used shredded Parmesan cheese and put it through a food processor until the crumbs were the same size as the panko breadcrumbs.
  • The nutrition estimate does not include the marinara dipping sauce.


Serving: 0.25of recipe, Calories: 405kcal, Carbohydrates: 32.2g, Protein: 39g, Fat: 12.8g, Saturated Fat: 5.4g, Sodium: 678.3mg, Fiber: 1.2g, Sugar: 1.9g, NET CARBS: 31

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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10 comments on “Crunchy Baked Parmesan Chicken Bites”

  1. Hi Jennifer: Thanks so much for the recipes, my wife was really pleased..You sent so many she was having a hard time what to make. But she is going to use them, maybe not right away as it has been so hot here but,latter on when it cools down a bit.She says everything looks so good. Thanks again Fred

    PS Please keep more coming thanks

  2. These do sound pretty good . I made shrimp the same way with the panko bread crumbs and fish but never baked chicken with it .. I do not know how I never tried it but thank you for sharing this wonderful easy recipe . I already know it is going to taste wonderful .. also if i may suggest.. serve with sweet chili sauce which is now available everywhere … mix it with mayo and paprike and you have a very tasty sauce known as bang bang sauce to some .. very yummy 

  3. Decades ago, (before ‘boneless wings’, ‘chicken fingers’ or ‘nuggets’ were invented), my standard dish to take over to someone with an illness, sick family member or funeral was Parmesan chicken.  A very easy, different and so tasty main part of a meal. I guess I associated it with sadness and haven’t made it in a while, but if it ever gets cool outside again, I’ll be cooking inside and this recipe sounds even easier.  Thanks. 

    • I made these on the one day we got a slight break in the heat wave. Now I’ll have to wait until the next break to turn the oven on again.

  4. It’s hard to believe that these chicken nuggets are baked and not fried! Love the recipe, I must try it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. My  mouth is watering!!  I’d probably eat a whole plate of these with both marinara and ranch 🙂