Guilt Free Kickin’ Chicken Bites

No Bake Blueberry pie (3)Guilt free chicken nugget bites smothered in a sweet and punchy glaze? Yes, please!

I have seen recipes for Honey Garlic Chicken floating around on Pinterest for quite a long time but stayed away from them because they seemed like they would be packed with calories and just too much effort to make. Well I finally checked one of them out out and I am so glad I did.

This dish was way easier to make than I expected and because it is baked and not fried, not as guilty of a dish as I had guessed. It took about 40 minutes including prep time and it was well worth the effort.

If you are like me and addicted to the Sesame Jack Chicken Strips from TGIF then you are going to L O V E this dish! 

Recipe

This recipe, which I changed up a bit, comes from my most favorite food blogger Damn Delicious. See original recipe here.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken (cut into 1-inch bites)
  • 2 Eggs (beaten)
  • 1 8 oz Container Panko
  • Salt & Pepper

For the Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup Water
  • 1/2 tbsp Sriracha (add more if you want them spicy)

Optional

  • 2 Green Onions, thinly sliced
  • Sesame seeds

Directions

Preheat Oven to 400.

Dice chicken into bite size pieces (about 1 inch).

Season bites with salt and pepper.. Dip chicken into bowl of whisked eggs, then dredge in Panko, pressing to coat.

Place chicken into large glass baking dish and put into oven and bake until golden brown for about 18 minutes **I turned broiler on to brown the top of the bites for about a minute and flipped for another minute to get the pieces extra crispy. Be careful to watch them or they will burn**

Prepare the sauce while the chicken is baking. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, combine honey, garlic, soy sauce, ginger and Sriracha, if using.

In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 2/3 cup water. Stir mixture into the saucepan until thickened, about 1-2 minutes. If it isn’t thickening you can add a little more cornstarch but only add a tiny bit at a time. Once done stir in chicken and gently toss to combine.

Serve immediately, garnished with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.

chicken

We served these delicious little bites over brown rice. Next time I think I will add a side of steamed broccoli. I hope you enjoy it!

 

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