Herbalicious Chicken Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

By Rachel Tiemeyer
May 21, 2018

These Herb-a-licious Chicken Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce are a crispy, healthy, flavor-filled dinner that your whole family will love.

chicken meatballs with honey mustard sauce

I’m a huge fan of cooking with fresh herbs. So every year about this time, I fill up my pots with dirt and herbs and set them on the back porch. Have you tried growing some? They really aren’t hard and the pay-off is well worth it.

The thing about fresh herbs is that you can use them to not only pack a flavor punch in all kinds of foods from soups to casseroles to burgers, but they also add some sneaky nutrition!

These little orbs of goodness were inspired by a family favorite recipe called Mini Chicken Burgers with Herbs. My kids love those things. But, hey, can you pick them up with your fingers? (Well, it’s not very polite.) Can you dip them in a tangy-sweet sauce that easily rivals Chick-Fil-A’s? (Nope.) Pump the breaks, because you can do both with Herb-a-licious Chicken Bites.

This easy, healthy, kid-friendly meal take minutes to pull together and just minutes to cook. Bonus: Double the batch and freeze some Chicken Bites for another meal, another day.


Herbalious Chicken Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

  • Author: Rachel from Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 7
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 18 chicken bites (about 6 servings) 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: American


These chicken bites are kid-friendly, full of fresh flavors and sneaky nutrition, and dipped in the perfect sauce.


Chicken Bites:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat Panko bread crumbs, divided
  • 1 pound lean ground chicken (or lean ground turkey turkey)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil leaves (½ teaspoon dried basil)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅓ cup avocado oil or olive oil

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (or whole milk Greek yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Make the Chicken Bites: Place ¼ cups of breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. In a large mixing bowl, add the chicken, garlic, parsley, basil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and the remaining ¼ cup of breadcrumbs. Mix well using your hands. Scoop heaping tablespoons of the mixture and roll to make about 16 meatballs. Roll the bites into the breadcrumbs until coated and place on a plate. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Using tongs, carefully saute the chicken bites on all sides until outside forms and chicken is cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. (Chicken is done when it’s white all the way through or registers 165°F internally.)
  3. Make the Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce: In a small serving bowl, whisk together all the ingredients. Serve alongside the chicken bites.


Freeze It For Later: Follow Step 1. Place in a single layer in a gallon-size freezer bag or container, seal, and freeze flat. *Note: It is NOT safe to partially cook meat and freeze it for later, so be sure to freeze them raw.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Cook according to instructions, beginning with Step 2.

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8 replies
  1. Kelly says:

    These are AMAZING!!! My entire family enjoys them, picky teenagers included! They freeze well, they’re quick and easy and taste delicious. Highly recommend!!

  2. Julie says:

    Hello! We love this recipe-so simple and delicious- and my picky eaters love it too which is a big win! Wondering if anyone has had success cooking them in an air-fryer? Trying to avoid the oil. Thanks! 🙂

  3. Tracy says:

    Every time I make these, they are a big hit. They never seem to dry out when I cook them. Thank you! Today I used cilantro and dill, as that’s what I had on hand.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Erin. I haven’t tried baking them before, but I’m sure you could. I bake my ground beef meatballs at 350°F for 20-25 minutes, so maybe start there. Let me know if it works for you.

  4. Sarah says:

    I can’t wait to make these for my freezer club. Question: Can the dipping sauce be frozen? If not, how long does it keep in the refrigerator? Thanks!