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This flavorful Air Fryer Chicken Bites and Broccoli recipe is so easy to make and can be ready in just about 30 minutes! Small pieces of tender chicken are coated in a delicious sweet and savory sauce. Serve over rice with a sprinkle of fresh parsley for an amazing meal!

Top view air fried chicken chunks with broccoli and rice.
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Dig into the wonderful flavors of this Air Fryer Chicken bites with Broccoli dish! It’s a simple recipe packed with juicy chicken pieces and crisp-tender broccoli seasoned with a marinade that’s slightly sweet, but mostly savory. Pair with a bowl of white rice (or for a low-carb option, serve with cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles) for a dinner that the whole family will enjoy!

Love meal prepping? This air-fried chicken and broccoli bites recipe is perfect for those who meal prep! It stores well in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Another Chicken Bites recipe of mine that I think you will love is my Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Recipe.

Recipe Summary

  • Quick and easy: Once the chicken marinates, it can be ready to enjoy in less than 20 minutes of cooking time! This is one of those recipes that’s perfect for an easy dinner at home.
  • A lighter option: I used chicken breast in this dish, which is packed with lean protein. The addition of broccoli offers a wide array of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.
  • So tasty: The combination of bold spices and sweet maple syrup provides such delicious flavors that take this dish to the next level.
  • Perfect for meal prep: Easy chicken and veggie recipes, like this one, are the best for meal prep because you can store it all in the refrigerator and serve it with all types of other sides like potatoes, pasta, and more.
Closeup view of chicken and broccoli over white rice.

Ingredients needed

This chicken and broccoli recipe only requires a handful of simple ingredients. Much of what you need for the marinade you probably already have in the pantry, like balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, seasonings, and spices. Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Chicken: This chicken bites recipe uses boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces. You may also have skinless and boneless chicken thighs.
  • Broccoli: Wash and chop fresh broccoli florets into small pieces.
  • Olive oil: For cooking the broccoli.
  • Salt & pepper: To season the broccoli. Add more as needed, once you taste the finished dish.
  • Marinade: The marinade is a simple, yet delicious combination of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
Raw chicken, broccoli and spices.

How to make this recipe

Chunks of Chicken breast and broccoli enveloped in a flavorful marinade, and cooked in an air fryer is such an easy dinner to make. Here’s the simple method:

  1. Marinate the chicken: Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces on a cutting board and transfer to the bowl with the marinade, stirring to coat each piece. Allow it to marinate for 15 minutes on the counter or up to 1 hour in the fridge.
  2. Prep the broccoli: Meanwhile, prepare the broccoli florets and rub with 1 tablespoon of oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook the chicken: Preheat the air fryer to 380ºF. Add the chicken to the air fryer basket in a single layer and air fry for about 10-12 minutes, or until no longer pink and almost cooked through.
  4. Cook the broccoli: Shake the basket and add in the broccoli. Continue to air fry for 6-8 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Serve: Enjoy with cooked rice and garnish with chopped parsley or chili pepper flakes, if desired.

My Pro Tip

Recipe Tip

  • Adjust the sauce: If you prefer a slightly sweeter sauce, add a bit more maple syrup. If you’d like to add some heat, add 1/4 teaspoon (or more) of red pepper flakes to the marinade.
  • Protein: In the mood for something other than chicken? Use beef or shrimp, instead. Keep in mind, you will need to adjust the cooking time with different proteins.
  • Veggies: If you have room in your air fryer, feel free to add in another vegetable, such as bell peppers, cauliflower florets, or sliced carrots.
  • Serving suggestions: I love to pair this meal with sweet potato fries, white rice, sweet potatoes, avocado deviled eggs, or potato wedges.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you cook vegetables and meat together in an air fryer?

Yes, you can safely cook both meat and vegetables at the same time in the air fryer. In this recipe, the chicken is cooked for a short time before adding in the broccoli because the chicken takes longer to cook.

Can I put raw chicken in the air fryer?

You definitely can safely cook raw chicken in an air fryer. Just be sure to cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. You can check for doneness with a food thermometer or by making a small cut in one of the chicken pieces to ensure that any juices run clear, and not pink.

Why does my broccoli always burn in the air fryer?

Broccoli only takes about 6 to 8 minutes to cook until tender in a preheated air fryer. If you’re worried about it burning, shake the basket after 4 minutes.

Broccoli and chicken pieces served over rice.

Storage Recommendations

This air fryer chicken bites recipe with broccoli is great for meal prep because it tastes great Warm up the next day with some rice for an easy lunch.

  • Storing leftovers: Store chicken and broccoli in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat: For best results, warm up the chicken and broccoli in the air fryer for a couple of minutes or on the stove over medium heat, stirring frequently until warmed through. You can also microwave servings in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each one.
Air fryer chicken and broccoli served over white rice in a white bowl.

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top view round plate of rice topped with air fried chicken bites and broccoli

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5 from 1 vote

Air Fryer Chicken Bites and Broccoli

By: Rena
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Marinating time: 15 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Top view air fried chicken chunks with broccoli and rice.
This flavorful Air Fryer Chicken and Broccoli recipe is so easy to make and can be ready in just about 30 minutes! Small pieces of tender chicken are coated in a delicious sweet and savory sauce. Then, the chicken along with broccoli florets is cooked to perfection in an air fryer. Serve over rice with a sprinkle of fresh parsley for an amazing meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

Marinade:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: to serve with cooked rice, chopped parsley, to garnish

Instructions

  • Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces and transfer to the bowl with the marinade, stirring to coat each piece. Allow it to marinate for 15 minutes on the counter or up to 1 hour in the fridge.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the broccoli florets and rub with 1 tablespoon of oil, salt and pepper.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 380ºF. Add the chicken to the air fryer basket in one layer and air fry for about 10-12 minutes, or until no longer pink and almost cooked through.
  • Shake the basket and add in the broccoli. Continue to air fry for 6-8 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Serve with cooked rice and garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

Notes

  • Storing leftovers: Store chicken and broccoli in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat: For best results, warm up the chicken and broccoli in the air fryer for a couple of minutes or on the stove over medium heat, stirring frequently until warmed through. You can also microwave servings in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each one.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 303kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 29gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 1348mgPotassium: 958mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1244IUVitamin C: 137mgCalcium: 105mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Rena Awada

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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Super easy, and VERY tasty! Kids loved it and my son is super picky with chicken, and he ate it all up! Will be making it again!