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Mexican Spiced Chicken Bites
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Brining & Marinating Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 22 mins

These Mexican Spiced Chicken Bites are tender and juicy, low on effort and high on flavor! Perfect for weekly meal prep.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chicken, Meal Prep, Mexican Seasoning
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 364 kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer
  • 1 1/2-2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tsp. dried parsley, if desired
Salt Water Chicken Brine
  1. Fill a bowl with 6 cups cold water and 3 tablespoons kosher salt. Add chicken pieces. Mix well. Let chicken sit in brine for 30 minutes.

Mexican Spice Mix
  1. In a small bowl, mix chili powder, garlic and onion powders, cumin, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes until well blended. Set aside.

  1. Drain the brine from the bowl and pat the chicken pieces dry. Add chicken pieces to a large bowl. Sprinkle chicken with the Mexican spice mix. Pour the lime juice over the chicken and with your hands or a rubber spatula, toss the chicken pieces into the spice blend until well coated. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  2. Melt two tablespoons butter and olive oil together in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken in small batches and saute 5-7 minutes, or until cooked through and no longer pink inside, stirring often. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces. Remove all chicken to a plate.

  3. Add the garlic and remaining two tablespoons butter to the skillet and cook over medium heat just until fragrant, about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the chicken pieces, tossing in the butter until evenly coated. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Spiced Chicken Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 141mg47%
Sodium 5151mg224%
Potassium 778mg22%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 1699IU34%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.