When your family comes from the southern states, barbecue is more than just a way of cooking, it is a way of life. It ranks right up there with breathing for most. Summertime means BBQ. In its truest form, it means long, slow cooking your pork, chicken or beef. But when you don’t have the time to do that, there are some substitutes that solve that need for a good bbq dinner. This recipe is quick and easy, but gives you a great sticky, saucy chicken that you bake. I love homemade chicken bites and those smothered in a nice honey bbq sauce always remind me of home.
The breading for this one is going to slightly differ than some others, but it is easy to make. The homemade sauce sinks right into the chicken, eliminating the need for a separate dipping sauce. These bites make a perfect dinner when paired with mashed potatoes and some fresh corn on the cob.
BBQ Chicken Bites
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups of breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs
- Zest of 1 lemon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Ingredients for homemade sauce:
- 1¼ cup ketchup
- 4 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup molasses
- ¼ cup honey
Combine all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and then turn the heat down to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring constantly.
For chicken bites
Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the bite-sized pieces of chicken in a large bowl. Add flour and stir to coat each piece.
Place the bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, lemon zest and smoked paprika into a large bowl. Whisk the eggs and milk together in a small bowl.
Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mixture, letting any excess drip off. Then generously roll in the breadcrumb mixture, shaking off any excess. Place onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with all chicken bites.
Brush or pour some sauce onto the chicken.
Bake for 18 minutes, flipping once at the halfway point. Remove from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes.
Carefully place the chicken bites into a large bowl. Pour the warm honey BBQ sauce on top and gently stir to coat. Serve warm. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave until warmed through.