Panko-Crusted Chicken Bites with Apricot-Mustard Sauce


No one will mistake these crunchy chicken bites with sweet apricot sauce for fast food


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ 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

  • ¼ 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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