These microwave chicken bites are mind blowing delicious. If you never thought about microwaving chicken then you need to try and give this a chance.

Microwave Chicken Bites Recipe with Garlic Parmesan in bowl with fork

Microwave Chicken Bites Recipe

Juicy, moist and fantastic chicken bites made in the microwave was mind blowing to us. The heat of the microwave actually steams the chicken to a perfect plump bite. With the addition of spices and garlic powder, the flavors are AMAZING. These bites are not dry at all and the juices that release are the perfect sauce to top on rice or pasta. Add the parmesan at the end and there’s a wonderful punch of flavor that will make this a weekly meal.

Microwave Chicken Bites Recipe with Garlic Parmesan in a glass bowl

Video Making Garlic Chicken Parmesan Bites in the Microwave

How to Cook Chicken Bites in Microwave (Tips)

  • Boneless skinless chicken breast or chicken thighs work great.
  • Even cuts: Make sure the chicken is cut into even bite sized pieces. This will ensure the chicken cooks evenly.
  • Small bite sized: cut the chicken into small bite sized pieces for quick cooking. If you like your chicken bites bigger, that’s ok. Just make sure to add more cooking time in the microwave to make sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked through and internal temperature is at least 165°F.
  • Seasonings: add enough seasonings to make this delicious! Use different spices or add your favorite sauce on top.
  • All recipe details are in the recipe box below.
Microwave Chicken Bites Recipe with Garlic Parmesan with fork in chicken
Microwave Chicken Bites Recipe with Garlic Parmesan |

Microwave Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bites

These are great on their own, or to have on pasta, rice, your favorite cooked whole grain or in a sandwich.
All microwaves cook differently even if they are of the same size and wattage. You might need to adjust your cooking time. After you cooked your first batch, you’ll know what time is best for your specific microwave and personal taste.
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  • 1/2 pound (227 g) boneless , skinless chicken breast or thigh meat, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) dried herbs of choice (basil, oregano, thyme, dill etc.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) kosher salt , or to taste
  • black pepper , to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) chopped parsley (optional)


  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine the chicken, oil, garlic powder, dried herbs, salt, and pepper. Stir to evenly combine. Spread the chicken into an even layer.
    Raw chicken in microwave safe bowl
  • Cover with a microwave safe lid or plate and Microwave on High for 2 minutes.
    Lid on bowl with chicken in microwave
  • Stir the chicken and make sure to separate any uncooked pieces. Spread into an even layer.
    Stirring the chicken to help cook evenly
  • Cover again and continue to Microwave for about 1 minute. Check the doneness and if needed continue microwaving for 15-30 second intervals or until cooked to your preference and internal temperature reaches at least 165°F (74°C). Keeping the lid on for a few minutes will also allow the chicken to continue cooking in the hot steam.
    Chicken resting with lid on to finish cooking
  • Add Parmesan cheese. Cover and let it sit about 1 minute or microwave for 15 seconds or until the cheese is melted. Garnish with the optional parsley if desired.
    Finished garlic chicken with parmesan cheese melted on top


Refer to Your Microwave Manual for Safety & Cooking Guidelines
General microwave cooking time notes:
  • 600-800w – Lower Wattage Microwaves: More time often needed
  • 900-1100w – Average Wattage Microwaves
  • 1200-1300w – High Wattage Microwaves: Less time often needed
Microwave Safe Containers & Lids
  • Microwave safe glass (particularly borosilicate glass) & ceramic containers are the recommended choice. *Do not use cracked or otherwise damaged containers.
  • Microwave safe plastic containers are considered safe by the FDA but many health organizations caution against using them
  • Never use plastics (containers, bags, wrap, etc.) that are not labeled microwave safe. Never use styrofoam, metal, or aluminum foil. 
  • Lids – microwave safe glass, ceramic or silicone is best. A microwave safe plate works great as a lid. Parchment paper, wax paper, or paper towels work fine, but may not hold the steam in as much (many recipes benefits from the steam retention). Microwave safe plastic lids are considered acceptable. Usually we prefer to use a lid from glass, ceramic, or silicone and just use the microwave safe plastic lids that come with the containers for storing. 


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 189kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 77mg, Sodium: 791mg, Potassium: 447mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 251IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 1mg

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