A yummy alternative to plain chicken nuggets, these crispy lemon chicken bites, covered in crunchy breadcrumbs and served with a lemon mayonnaise dip is simple, quick and can be made in advance. An easy to make family dinner.
Whenever I am making chicken based recipes, my go-to ingredient is lemon. Chicken and lemon make the best pairing.
I have been making this breaded lemon chicken recipe forever. You don’t even really need to measure everything out accurately and since there are only a few ingredients to remember it saves time digging out a recipe card.
These healthy chicken nuggets are made with chicken breast and can be baked or shallow fried, depending on your preference.
Freezable Chicken Nuggets
You’ve got to love the simplicity of lemon chicken bites coupled with the fact that they can be made in advance and frozen. I am all for quick, home made meals when you are having one of those crazy, busy days.
Just whip them out of the freezer in the morning and allow to defrost in the fridge for the day. They are ready in minutes!
I usually make a big batch and freeze in family sized portions.
Occasionally, the boys turn their noses up at chicken bites, but not these ones. They both really love them, especially dipping them in the lemon mayo.
Great with Dip!
Since weaning, having a dip of some kind on the table for the babies has always been a source of great entertainment. Watching them proudly dip their food is so satisfying. Although, watching Bam Bam then take a spoon to the dip and eat it on it’s own, means I do have to ration them slightly!
I’m pretty sure one of the first phrases Bam Bam mastered was “dip dip”!
Recipe Guidance and Tips
Since I love a really lemony taste, I serve these with lemon wedges to squeeze over them before eating. I can’t get enough of it! And having that extra lemon flavour boost on the side means you can give your family the option of just how lemony they like their chicken bites.
If you want to make healthy breaded chicken nuggets, baking them instead of shallow frying works just as well. I like to place them on a baking tray and drizzle over a little oil. Bake them at 190C for about 30 minutes, turning once during the cooking time to ensure the breadcrumb coating is golden brown on both sides.
Be sure to flatten your chicken pieces well, this helps them to cook quicker, they also taste better when thin and are easier for younger children to eat too.
These aren’t limited to family cooking though. They are great for sharing with friends too, so don’t feel you can’t eat them without the kids present!
Sure, place them on a baking tray with some space between each piece and drizzle over a little oil. Bake for about 30 minutes at 190C (374F) turning once during the cooking time, until the are cooked though and golden on both sides.
Panko breadcrumbs gives these bites a very crispy shell but regular breadcrumbs will work just as well and still taste great, the coating just won’t be as crispy.
You can use your preferred oil to fry these. I usually choose olive oil.
Crispy Lemon Chicken Bites With A Lemon Mayo Dip
- 500 g Chicken Breast
- 1.5 tbsp Lemon Zest
- 250 g Panko Breadcrumbs
- 2 Eggs beaten
- 40 g Plain Flour
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 4 tbsp Mayonnaise
- Oil for Frying
- Place the chicken breasts individually into a food bag and flatten with a rolling pin.
- Remove the chicken and slice into fingers.
- Mix the lemon zest with the breadcrumbs
- Place the flour, eggs and breadcrumbs into separate bowls.
- Coat the chicken pieces in the flour, followed by the egg and finally coat with the breadcrumbs.
- Heat a little oil in a frying pan and cook the chicken for a few minutes on each side over a medium heat until crispy, golden and cooked through.
- Mix the lemon juice with the mayonnaise and serve together.