Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Lemon Chicken Bites Recipe (Air Fryer)

This chicken bites recipe is so easy, it’s sure to become a new favorite! Marinate the meat, cook it in the air fryer, and it’s ready to go!

A few fresh ingredients and a handful of spices are all you need to make these air fryer chicken bites.

Serve them for a simple weeknight dinner or cook a larger amount in batches to feed a crowd.

They are so tender and delicious that you could easily serve them as a party appetizer as well!

Looking for more lemon chicken recipes? You will love my crispy air fryer wings or this easy skillet with summer veggies.

Lemon Chicken Bites Recipe (Air Fryer) on a plate

Air Fryer Chicken Bites Recipe - Tips and Tricks

  • Use fresh lemons. Bottled juice may be easier, but it doesn’t have that same great flavor that you get from fresh fruit.
  • Discard leftover marinade. Since it will be mixed with raw poultry, it cannot be reused for food safety reasons. If you want extra sauce to drizzle over the top, you will need to boil it in a saucepan first.
  • Prefer darker meat? Feel free to use boneless, skinless thighs instead. You will need 6 to 8 pieces for this chicken bites recipe, depending on their size.
  • Tip for easier juicing: Roll the citrus back and forth on a solid surface while pressing down with the palm of your hand. Or, toss them in the microwave whole and heat for 10 to 15 seconds.

lemon chicken bites ingredients

Serving Suggestions
Pair this lemon chicken bites recipe with any number of simple sides. Rice, rosemary potatoes, or crispy cauliflower would all be delicious!

If you’re more in a snacking mood, try these homemade sweet potato chips with a chipotle lime dipping sauce. Or, toss the meat into a pasta salad or over a bed of greens with your favorite dressing.

chicken bites recipe marinade

Kitchen‌ ‌Tools‌ ‌You‌ ‌Will‌ ‌Need‌ ‌
  • Air Fryer - Different brands and sizes will require different cooking times, so be familiar with your model and make adjustments as needed.
  • Quality Knives and a big solid Cutting Board make prepping a breeze and are well worth the investment.
  • Citrus Juicer - This gets every last drop out, which means juicing lemons is so much easier.
  • Heat resistant spoon or spatula - Perfect for both stirring and serving!

air fryer chicken bites cooked

FAQ‌ ‌-‌ ‌Common‌ ‌Recipe‌ ‌Questions‌

Can I cook this chicken bites recipe in the oven instead?
Yes! Dump the whole bag - meat and marinade - into a greased 9x13 baking dish and pop it into a preheated oven.

I recommend baking lemon chicken at 425°F for 16 to 18 minutes or until cooked through. Give everything a good stir about halfway through so it browns on all sides.

How many lemons will I need to get ¼ cup of juice?
You will need 2 to 3, depending on how large they are. Be sure to follow the tips above to get the most liquid out of each one!

Lemon Chicken Bites Recipe (Air Fryer) on rice

Can I make this without lemon juice?
Yes, but you will need to replace it with another type of acid like lime or orange juice.

Vinegar is another common citrus substitute, but you will lose a lot of the flavor in the dish. Opt for apple cider vinegar if you must, or grab a bottle of your favorite white wine instead.


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Lemon Chicken Bites Recipe (Air Fryer) on white plate

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Author: Donna Elick
Lemon Chicken Bites Recipe (Air Fryer)

Lemon Chicken Bites Recipe (Air Fryer)

This chicken bites recipe is so easy, it’s sure to become a new favorite! Marinate the meat, cook it in the air fryer, and it’s ready to go!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 10 MinInactive time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 20 M


  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  1. Place all the ingredients into a gallon-size zip-top bag. Shake the bag until the chicken is well coated, place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  2. Place the chicken into the basket of your air fryer. Turn it on to 400 degrees for 10 minutes; halfway through, stir the chicken. Depending on your air fryer, you might need to a minute or two until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Lemon Chicken Bites Recipe (Air Fryer) closeup

Originally published July 2021

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1 comment:

  1. Fixing the chicken and it sound good and tastes good too


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