If you’re looking for a great appetizer recipe to serve at your next get together, try these Chicken Scampi Bites. They are easy, delicious and a budget friendly appetizer or fun meal idea that looks great on the plate!
I love scampi! There is something about the buttery lemony flavor that just calls my name.
It doesn’t matter if it’s shrimp or chicken or scallops or lobster or fish or whatever it is you decide to do a scampi with, it’s just delicious!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
There are lots of reasons to love this recipe from the savory flavor to the easy meal prep, but you really just need to make it for yourself!
- Whether you make it a fun meal, or make them up as an appetizer for your next party, it’s a budget friendly option.
- Easy to find ingredients that won’t break the bank.
- The end plating is attractive and appealing, making it perfect for a party table or get together.
- It’s easy to change up the protein in the scampi bites to fit your mood. (think seafood scampi bites, etc.)
- It tastes incredible with a rich, savory buttery taste and a pop of tang from the tomatoes. Delicious!
There are so many different ways to prepare or serve scampi, but this version is so easy and the outcome is a wonderful flavor that is infused with garlic, butter, lemon and a little white wine, that is just perfect on the taste buds.
They look gorgeous on any plate and they certainly go fast!
Substitutions and Ingredients
- butter – the butter is an integral part of a scampi dish so no substitutes there. You can use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® spread or Country Crock® spread.
- garlic – fresh minced is best
- chicken breasts – if you want to change up the protein, go with a shrimp, scallop or beef scampi to try something different.
- lemon peel – you are just grating this in, and while I strongly recommend it, you could leave it out if desired.
- lemon juice – make sure you use freshly squeezed lemon juice. The artificial stuff tends to leave a chemical flavor that isn’t so good.
- dry white wine – most of this is going to cook out, so don’t feel obligated to use the most expensive kind.
- fresh parsley leaves – if you want to change up the herb, choose marjoram or thyme which are both amazing with this recipe.
- grape tomatoes – grape or cherry tomatoes are best in this recipe.
- salt and pepper – this is just to taste, and if you’d like to add different seasonings, have fun!
This keeps things interesting, but no matter when I do them, somebody always asks for the recipe!
Chicken Scampi Bites
In this recipe, it all starts with the butter. Yep, that’s right.
Be sure and find a butter that you love, creamy, flavorful… don’t skimp here – use what your family loves most.
How do you store Chicken Scampi Bites?
The best part of these scampi bites is that they are honestly good hot or cold. Once prepared, store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for two or three days. Freezing these bites is not recommended.
If you’d like to serve them warm, before placing in fridge, remove the cherry tomatoes and store separately. Warm them for about 1 minute in the microwave and then replace tomatoes and serve!
If you love bite sized dishes as much as we do, be sure and also check out our Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites or these Jambalaya Cajun Shrimp Bites. For breakfast try these Breakfast Egg Bites or for dessert, these Banana Split Cheesecake Bites or Twix Brownie Bites.
Recipe for Chicken Scampi Bites
Chicken Scampi Bites
- 3 Tablespoons I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread
- 2 teaspoons garlic minced
- 1 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 24 piece
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- ¼ cup dry white wine
- 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley leaves finely chopped
- 24 grape tomatoes
- salt and pepper to taste
- Pat the chicken dry. Season with salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large non-stick skillet, on medium heat, melt 2 Tablespoons of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread. Once it’s melted, add the minced garlic. Cook for 1 minute.
- Add the chicken pieces and cook for about 7 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned and thoroughly cooked. Stir occasionally.
- Remove the chicken from the pan and return the pan to the burner.
- Add the lemon juice and white wine to your skillet and cook 1 minute. Add the last tablespoon of butter and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
- Remove from heat and return the chicken to the pan. Toss the chicken until evenly coated.
- Take a toothpick and skewer a grape tomato and then a piece of chicken. Arrange on a serving platter. Repeat with the rest.
- Drizzle the remaining sauce from the pan over the chicken on the serving platter.
- Serve immediately.