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These fiesty chicken bites are the perfect sweet and spicy bite for any game day, party, or even snacking! You won't be able to stop popping them in your mouth!

We are totally #adulting this week. Our dishwasher door has been making the most excruciating squeaking sound for the past six months (yeah, I cannot believe we put up with it for so long) and we haven’t really wanted to do anything about it because we kind of just got used to the horrendous sound. Well, our house is going on the market in January and I wanted to fix this issue before we put our house on the market and I also wanted to know if this was a case of us needing a new dishwasher. I definitely did NOT want to buy a brand new dishwasher and only get six months of use out of it and then give it to the new owners. And I also didn’t want to buy a new dishwasher because the door was squeaky. It’s not like our dishwasher stopped functioning. It’s fully functional!

One of the repair companies I reached out to told us that it sounded like it was a hinge issue and it would cost more to replace that than to just a new dishwasher. So I started looking at Labor Day appliance sales but I swear, there are no good reviews about a certain dishwasher. Are there not any good dishwasher brands out there anymore?!

Thankfully, the repairman that came out fixed the issue and more! He noticed that our dishwasher door would slam to the ground when we opened it. He fixed that issue on top of fixing our squeaking noise. Yay :) he saved us so much money!

These fiesty chicken bites are the perfect sweet and spicy bite for any game day, party, or even snacking! You won't be able to stop popping them in your mouth!

So I realize these fiesty chicken bites totally look like bang bang chicken but I can promise you they’re not. They may LOOK the same but they taste totally different. They’re way more fiestier (that is totally not a word) and slightly more addicting, at least in my opinion.

If you have a Trader Joe’s, then you need to get your hands on this hot & sweet chili jam. It’s what I used for these spicy and sweet bites. That jam is so addicting. That spicy sweet flavor is EVERYTHING!

These fiesty chicken bites are the perfect sweet and spicy bite for any game day, party, or even snacking! You won't be able to stop popping them in your mouth!

Make these for Labor Day?!

Fiesty Chicken Bites

These fiesty chicken bites are definitely their namesake! Sweet, spicy, crunchy, and all-around fiesty little bites!
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 ⅔ cup panko
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 10 tablespoons mayo
  • 4 tablespoons hot & sweet chili jam, or similar jams

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  • In a shallow dish, add panko. Set aside.
  • In another shallow dish, whisk together the egg and buttermilk. Set aside.
  • Bread the chicken cubes by first coating it in the egg/milk mixture then coating the chicken with the panko. Put the coated chicken cubes on a plate. Continue until all the chicken have been breaded.
  • Pop the plate of chicken in the fridge for about 20 minutes. It'll help the breading stick to the chicken.
  • Preheat oven to 375 °F and line a large baking sheet with foil then place a wire rack on top.
  • Place the breaded chicken on the wire rack then bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the coating is lightly toasted brown.
  • In the meantime, while the chicken is baking, whisk together vinegar, mayo, and jam in a large bowl.
  • When chicken is done, pour into the bowl with the sauce and toss to coat all pieces with the sauce.
  • Serve immediately.


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 565 kcal | Carbohydrates: 37 g | Protein: 53 g | Fat: 25 g | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 17 g

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken

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Thursday 1st of September 2016

Loving this simple but delicious recipe. I definitely have to hunt for the chili jam this weekend :)

Marla Meridith

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

These are so wonderful for the long weekend!

Jenny Flake

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

How fun are these!!!

Kristin S

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

I have had that TJ's jam for month with no clue what to do with it. I will try this!


Wednesday 31st of August 2016

The condo I bought in January had a brand new dishwasher and I hate it. More though because the ridiculous way the racks and dividers are set up. But I was at Lowe's one day and started looking at all the others and they're all set up the same way. You can barely fit anything.

Love that hot and sweet chili jam and have been looking for more ways to use it so this is definitely going on the menu planner soon.


Wednesday 31st of August 2016

I feel like dishwashers these days are just touting how much you can fit into it by creating more racks and whatnot and manufacturers not realizing that they shouldn't break what isn't broken! I'm perfectly fine with two large racks and a third rack, to me, is totally unnecessary since they're always small anyway. Hope you enjoy this recipe if you decide to make it!