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Panko-Crusted Chicken Bites with Apricot-Mustard Sauce

  • Servings: 12

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, February Winter 2007


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 2 pounds), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup apricot jam or preserves
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and fit with a wire rack. Spray with cooking spray; set aside.

  2. Place flour in a large bowl and season very generously with salt and pepper. Whisk eggs in another large bowl with 2 tablespoons water until well combined. Place the breadcrumbs in a third large bowl, and drizzle with olive oil; toss to coat. Stir in cheese and cayenne and mix well.

  3. Place chicken pieces in the seasoned flour and toss to coat. Working in 3 batches, shake off any excess flour from chicken pieces and transfer to egg mixture; stir to combine. Transfer coated chicken pieces with a slotted spoon to the breadcrumb mixture and toss until completely coated. Place the breaded chicken pieces on a rack-lined baking sheet, spacing them evenly apart. Repeat process until all the chicken is breaded. Bake until golden brown and chicken is cooked through, 18 to 20 minutes.

  4. In a small bowl, stir the apricot jam, mustard, and thyme together until combined. Allow chicken to cool 10 minutes before serving with apricot mustard mixture.

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  • akamenetskiy
    21 JAN, 2013
    This recipe is yummy! I like it, my husband likes it, and so does my 4 year old. To her they are chicken nuggets, but so much healthier! It's nothing crazy or fancy, but the sauce is very good and we pair it with a simple spring mix salad with veggies and raspberry walnut dressing
  • MS11997779
    17 DEC, 2012
    Easy to prepare, great party food. I didn't have any apricot jelly in the house so I substituted pomegranite - delicious. I did find that I needed much more panko than the recipe calls for. Maybe the brand I was using?
  • Helga22467
    9 FEB, 2012
    Made this tonight, my husband and I loved it! My 7 yro thought it was ok but her friend loved it! I will make it again! It was easy.
  • Wyndre
    31 JUL, 2011
    Easy to make and very very yummy! I made it for a babyshower. I can't wait to make it again!!
  • CookNovice
    21 NOV, 2010
    This is a fantastic chicken recipe! My family can relate to this recipe being for the "the good chicken nuggets" too. The sauce is deliciously sweet and tangy as Pink_bird said.
  • sdavisblue
    9 MAR, 2009
    Martha and Team, This is by far the BEST chicken nugget recipe I have ever tasted. I only added garlic powder. It was so easy to prep and absolutely delicious, light and fun to make. Lovely for appetizers or entree portion. I can totally see why one other rater stated that her child asks her to make "the good chicken nuggets" because these are fantastic.
  • PiNk_BiRd
    23 FEB, 2009
    Sweet and tangy are two words to describe. This was an all time hit at the superbowl party! My husbands first reaction to hearing what it was before tasted it was sheer horror but he trusted my cooking instincts and allowed me to do it. I have been asked to make this everytime there is an event. I put cute toothpicks in it for easy handling and to pass around. I would recomend this to anyone!
  • loriben326
    1 JAN, 2009
    Crunchy, tender, and delicious chicken with wonderful dipping sauce. Made it for a New Year's Eve party and it was a huge hit.
  • Fatouch
    19 NOV, 2008
    I prepared the Panko-crusted chicken for a New Years party, did not change much except I added hot sauce to spice it up
  • flutterbee
    23 JUL, 2008
    My 5-year old son who is a picky eater loved this! He calls them "the good chicken nuggets" and requests this dish frequently. This is a great healthy alternative to fast-food restaurant versions and packs well in lunches.