• Carly Zimmaro

Barbeque Chicken Bites

If these little bites don't make ya wanna slap a knee, we need to talk. They're just the cutest little pop em sock em's you ever did see and they are beyond easy to make! Not to mention, perfect for game day bites.

Ground chicken. When you really think about it, don't. I always thought too much about grrrround chicken and it just made me feel queasy LOL and I was an idiot because ground chicken is so versatile! It's easy to find and you can literally do so much with it and my favorite thing to use it for is meatballs, obv. I used my go-to chicken meatball recipe and turned it up a notch.

It's a whole lot easier when scoops are around. I used a 1.5 inch cookie scoop and it came out with 24 bites, to the T. If you don't have a cookie scoop you can just use spoons but highly recommend a scoop since it ensures all even bites.

Once you've got them all ready to go, we roll those puppies in some almond flour. If you don't like almond flour you can use any other kind of flour. The flour helps with browning, gives the bites some texture and helps for stick-age when we coat them in the BBQ sauce.

Now you are ready, my friend. I cooked these using an air fryer but I also threw in some tips below on how to cook in the oven or on the stove. I love my air fryer. Although it is a little on the bigger side I made room for it because I use it every single week and it's just so worth it. It's such a great way to cook something without heating up your whole house. I am a victim of having an overly hot kitchen and sweating to death when I am baking something, do not be me. And.. air fryer's cut down the cooking time, idk how but I live for it.

Are these not the cutest? I just love what the almond four does to the texture, you see what I'm sayin? I will give ya another tip. If you are planning to eat these throughout the week, sauce them as you eat them. If you coat all of them in BBQ sauce the exterior the next day will be a tad bit soggy.

I served these with my best homemade ranch, click here for the recipe. Or if you are a blue cheesey kinda lova, I've got a downright dangerous homemade blue, just click here for recipe!

I hope you guys love these! They are just perfect for football Sunday's! Or for any weekday lunch! Orrr for dinner in bed..

BBQ Chicken Bites

yield: 24 Bites/4 servings

prep time: 10 minutes

air fry time: 15-18 minutes

* oven time: 20-25 minutes

* pan fry time: 20-25 minutes


Meatballs -

  • 1 pound (16 oz) ground chicken

  • 1 large egg

  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed

  • 1 Tbs onion powder

  • 1/2 Tbs garlic powder

  • 2 Tbs Almond Flour (I used Anthony's brand)

  • Pinch of fresh cracked black pepper

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1/2 c BBQ Sauce (I used Primal Kitchen brand)

  • Freshly chopped chives for garnish (optional)

Coating -

  • 1/2 c almond flour (I used Anthony's brand)

  • Pinch of fresh cracked black pepper

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Sides -


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment, *if using oven you will want to preheat to 400 at this time.

  2. In a large bowl combine all your meatball ingredients except the BBQ Sauce and chives, this is for the very end.

  3. Using a 1.5 inch scoop or spoon, create 24 bites and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.

  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the coating ingredients.

  5. Once all balls are formed, roll into the coating and place back onto the parchment lined baking sheet.

  6. If you are choosing to bake these in your oven, bake them for about 10-12 minutes and flip and bake another 10-12 minutes until fully done.

  7. If you are choosing to *pan fry these, preheat your stove to medium heat, spray your pan with some oil and pan fry the meatballs 10-12 minutes per side until browned and done.

  8. To Air Fry (which I did) place half your meatballs into the basket, depending on what kind of air fryer you have you may need to do this in more or less batches. I also like to spray my air fryer with cooking oil to help with nonstick but this is optional.

  9. Air fry your meatballs at 400 for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through at 7 ish minutes. You want your meatballs to get nice and crispy and browned.

  10. When all meatballs are done, using a basting brush - coat the meatballs with the BBQ Sauce.

  11. Garnish with freshly chopped chives, this is optional but I love the pairing.

  12. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or just pop em on in and ENJOY!

Macros for 1 serving (6 meatballs)

10.2g Carbs | 11.2g Fat | 31.7 Protein | 3.3g Fiber | 268 Calories

**can vary based on ingredients used**

well aren't you barbe-cute!


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