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Jan 18
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Nashville Hot Chicken Bites

Nashville Hot Chicken Bites on a plate

These Nashville Hot Chicken Bites are a quick and easy dinner or meal prep starter that’s full of flavor! My husband and I love these so much we made them twice this week. Just a reminder that Nashville Hot Chicken is, well, hot. These chicken bites have great depth of flavor, and they are (in my opinion) perfectly spicy. I originally tried making these with 1 ½ teaspoons of cayenne, but it gave me the hiccups after the first bite, so I dialed the heat back a bit! As written, these are spicy is a good way, with a slow burn that hits you in the aftertaste. I recommend pairing these with pickles (the flavors go so well together) and either bread, rice, a bun, yogurt dipping sauce, a glass of milk, or something else to cool your tongue a bit if needed!

Nashville Hot Chicken Bites in a pan

This dish is cooked in the same manner as my Blackened Chicken Bites, so if you’re already a fan of those, you’ll want to try these as well! The method is super easy on the stovetop and comes together quickly for a weeknight dinner. I often buy a big pack of chicken breasts at the store and then trim them down to make 5-6 oz cutlets to use in recipes. Everything I cut off to make the cutlets gets cut into chunks to make chicken bites! It’s easy to weigh out 1 lb or 1.5 lb of chicken chunks and freeze them for later in a quart size freezer bag. That way, I always have some on hand!

Nashville Hot Chicken Bites overhead

When I weighed my finished Nashville Hot Chicken Bites they were 12.4 ounces total. I decided to call it 4 servings of 3 ounces each (which would be 12 ounces) because it’s simpler, but just an FYI that your servings may be slightly bigger than 3 ounces. With that said, each filling 3(ish) ounce serving of Chicken is just 183 calories, 4 gram of carbs, or 3 Green, 2 Blue, or 2 Purple WW (Weight Watchers) SmartPoints!

Looking for more tasty, lightened up, Chicken recipes? Check out my Blackened Chicken Bites, Greek Chicken Bites, Apple and Brie Stuffed Chicken, Slow Cooker Chicken and Stuffing, Strawberry Balsamic Grilled Chicken, Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Bake, Lemon Garlic Chicken and Beans Skillet, Cream Cheese and Herb Stuffed Chicken, Tuscan Olive Chicken, Crispy Cheddar Chicken with Cream Sauce, Baked Chicken Tenders, Pimento Cheese Stuffed Chicken, Cream Cheese Stuffed Everything Chicken, and so many more in the Chicken category of my recipe index!

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Nashville Hot Chicken Bites

These Nashville Hot Chicken Bites are spicy, flavorful, and so easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 lb raw boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into small bite-sized pieces

Instructions

  • In a small dish, stir together the cayenne pepper, brown sugar, flour, paprika, chili powder, salt, and garlic powder. Place the cut up chicken pieces into a gallon zip-seal plastic bag and add the spice mix. Seal the bag and shake/massage the contents until the chicken pieces are coated with the spices.
  • Add the oil to a large sauté pan/walled skillet and bring over med-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken pieces (you don’t want to overcrowd the pan, so depending on the size of your skillet you may want to work in two batches instead of one) and stir to break them up and coat them in the oil. Cook the chicken for 7-8 minutes, stirring every couple minutes (you don’t want to stir super frequently because the chicken needs time to brown and get a “crust” on each side). Once the chicken is cooked through and browned on the outside, remove from heat and serve.

Notes

MYWW SMARTPOINTS PER (3 ounce) SERVING: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 3 SmartPoints/ Blue: 2 SmartPoints/ Purple: 2 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
5 per (3 ounce) serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below)
Nutrition Information per (3 ounce) serving:
183 calories, 4 g carbs, 2 g sugars, 7 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 26 g protein, 0 g fiber, 64 mg sodium (from myfitnesspal.com)

35 comments on “Nashville Hot Chicken Bites”

  1. Could you cook these in an air fryer?

  2. This is dinner tonight! 🙂

  3. Can’t wait to try these!

  4. I will air fry them tonight with no oil in my ninja grill and let everyone know. I am making the kids real wings so these will be perfect for me to get the same flavors!

    • I put them in my ninja air fryer/ninja grill with 2 large chicken breasts so doubled recipe. I cooked them on 390 for 12 minutes, stirring them every 4 minutes

  5. Can you bake these without the oil?

  6. Do you think this would turn out just as good replacing flour with cornstarch?

    • I was wondering the same thing because we are wheat free and can’t do the flour!

    • I bet they would–I’ve seen recipes for crispy chicken that use cornstarch or rice flour instead of wheat flour.

  7. These were awesome! Easy, quick and so tasty! Thank you for a great low points recipe!5 stars

  8. Made these for dinner tonight. Outstanding! They are hot as promised (my lips are burning). I will definitely make them again. I may consider cutting the chicken into bigger pieces and making a Nashville hot chicken sandwich.5 stars

    • It would be 4-4 ounce raw pieces right? I’m interested in doing bigger pieces too for a sandwich. Just making sure I’m thinking correctly so I get my points right. I think I’m going to make this for next week.

  9. Made these last night in the air fryer! So good!!!! This will definitely be in our dinner rotation/ meal prep rotation!! 

  10. Delicious! I must be one of the few without an air fryer. So, I pulled out one of my handy-dandy cast iron skillets. It was great for getting the chicken really crispy. Thanks, Emily, for a definite “keeper”.

  11. I made these for lunches this week and oh my! They’re going straight on my ‘go-to/favorites’ list!!5 stars

  12. Trying this tonight! But, when I enter the nutritional info into my tracker it says 6 points on Green.

  13. Could you swap smoked paprika for the regular? I’m going to give this a try soon!

  14. Made these the other night and the were sooooo freaking delicious! They got the husband seal of approval. This will definitely be going into our regular recipe rotation! Thanks for making such delicious recipes.5 stars

  15. My family and I tried these the other night for the first time. They are really delicious, and both my teenage daughters and my husband loved them. My husband was asking were the spice was at because I left out the cayenne, but the rest of us thought they were yummy. Next time, I will add the cayenne to half, so he can have his heat. Thanks for the awesome recipe.5 stars

  16. Delicious! It was a hit with my husband and all of the kids (15, 13 and 8). 5 stars

  17. I crave spicy/hot but especially something like wings … When I saw this recipe, I had to try it but was a bit intimidated by the amount of cayenne!  I made as written and am totally in love!!!  They are not overbearingly hot but as you stated, full of flavor and perfectly spicy!  I will definitely make this again … and again … and next time remember to have a pickle on the side!!!  This recipe is simple, healthy and will be perfect to make the next time I am craving wings!5 stars

  18. Tried these tonight as I LOVED your other chicken bite recipes and we loved them. The flavor was so delicious and paired perfectly with rice and some marinated cucumbers to help with the heat! Thank you for sharing all your recipes!

    • I’m so happy you are loving the chicken bites as much as I am! I definitely foresee more flavors in the future 🙂

  19. I made these tonight, and my picky son approved! I did cut the cayenne pepper back a bit, but these were yummy! thank you!5 stars

  20. one of my fave, highly recommend5 stars

  21. Sounds delicious. .can I bake these in the oven and if so, what temp/time

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