These air fryer chicken bites with garlic and parmesan are crazy good. We ate them for 3 days in a row and still aren’t bored with these air fried chicken bites.

Cooked chicken bites in air fryer basket

Air Fryer Chicken Bites Recipe

We’re all about small bites. Our popular steak bites with mushroom, pork bites and pork belly bites are a big hit. Now we have a chicken version with garlic parmesan. This is sure to be a favorite family dinner, especially for your kids.

This recipe for air fryer chicken bites is so quick and easy to prepare and cook. It’s hard to not want to eat this at least twice a week. The flavor is outstanding. We have some tips for making the best batch possible. All that is written below.

Video: Recipe for Air Fryer Chicken Bites

Watch the video for step by step process recipe tips.

How to Cook Air Fried Chicken Bites in Air Fryer

  • Boneless skinless chicken breast works great and simple to prepare. Just make sure to eat it warm so it’s not tough. Chicken breast tends to get tough and dry as it cools.
  • Chicken thighs: we like using boneless skinless chicken thigh bites because there’s so much more flavor. Also, the thigh meat doesn’t dry out like chicken breast does.
  • Make sure to cut the chicken bites into even sized pieces for even cooking.
  • We love using a good quality parmesan cheese for more flavor.
  • Other cheeses: you can use what ever cheese you like too. We love pepper jack cheese!
  • All recipe details are in the recipe box below.
cooked air fryer chicken bites on a plate

Are these chicken bites keto friendly or low carb?

Yes, they are lowest carb count if you don’t use any flour or cornstarch. It all depends on how your diet and how many carbs you are limiting yourself to. Not using any flour or cornstarch will yield the lowest carb count. You won’t get a crust on the chicken, but the flavor and texture is still excellent.

cooked air fryer chicken bites on a plate

Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bites

You can use boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs. Our favorite are thighs because the flavor is more rich and chicken thigh bites are less dry. If you’re cooking with chicken breast, make sure to eat them as soon as they’re cooled. If you let chicken breast sit too long or get cold, they will taste dry and tough.
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  • 1.5 pounds (.39 g) boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs , cut into about 1” bite sized pieces (approximately)
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) vegetable oil , or enough to coat chicken
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) garlic powder or 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) kosher salt , or to taste
  • Fresh cracked black pepper , to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) all-purpose flour or cornstarch
  • oil spray , enough to coat chicken
  • 2-3 Tablespoons (30 ml) grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) chopped parsley



  • In bowl stir together the chicken, vegetable oil, Worcestershire sauce, dried oregano, garlic powder or minced garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle flour or cornstarch evenly over all pieces of chicken and stir to coat. If needed, sprinkle a little more until all pieces of chicken are coated. Generously spray with oil until there are no dry spots of flour or cornstarch.
    chicken pieces coated with seasoning and flour
  • Spray the air fryer basket/tray with oil. Add the chicken and spread into an even, single layer.
  • Air Fry at 360°F for 10 minutes. Stir and flip the chicken and then Air Fry from another 5 minutes. Stir and flip one more time, then Air Fry for an additional 3-5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
    air fried chicken bites
  • Add the parmesan cheese and parsley, then Air Fry at 360°F for 1 minute to slightly melt the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste if desired and serve warm.
    Parmesan cheese melted onto chicken bites

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 258kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 38g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 111mg, Sodium: 571mg, Potassium: 696mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 249IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 1mg