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These tangy little chicken bites will make a great appetizer for your next summer get together.
Serves: 14
Prep Time: 35 min
Cook Time: 10 min


Spicy Lemon Chicken Bites

1 lb ground chicken
½ cup breadcrumbs, dried
1 onion(s), small, peeled and finely minced
1 clove garlic, peeled, minced
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp parsley, fresh, finely-chopped
1 tsp oregano, dried
1 tsp basil, dried
1 tsp hot red chili pepper flakes
¼ tsp white pepper, ground
zest of one lemon
juice of 1/2 a lemon
canola oil, for brushing

Dill & Mint Yogurt Sauce

1 cup plain yogurt, (preferably not fat free) drained
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 tbsp lemon juice, fresh
¼ cup mayonnaise
½ cup mint leaves, loosely packed, finely-chopped
½ cup dill, finely-chopped
chives, small bunch, finely-chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt, to taste
pepper, to tast

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. In a large bowl combine chicken, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, salt, parsley, oregano, basil, pepper flakes, white pepper, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare the yogurt sauce.

  2. To make yogurt sauce, combine all sauce ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until needed. Sauce will keep in the fridge for three to four days.

  3. To make chicken bites, wet hands and form chicken mixture into small 2 inch round patties, about ¼ inch thick. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (This can be done the day before – cover and refrigerate until ready to cook).

  4. Heat barbecue or grill (patties can also be broiled). Brush each chicken bite with a little oil and cook for 6-8 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C), turning frequently.

  5. Serve chicken bites with yogurt dipping sauce as an appetizer or stuff into mini pita pockets with tomato, cucumber and a little of the sauce. Chicken mixture can also be made into meatballs or burger sized patties.

Nutrition Info

Per 70 g serving Amount
Protein7 g
Fat9 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Carbohydrate6 g
Fibre1 g
Sugar1 g
Cholesterol25 mg
Sodium250 mg
Per 70 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A6
Vitamin C6
Vitamin B66
Vitamin B126