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Fried Chicken Bites (Frango a Passarinho)

Brazilian fried chicken bites (frango a passarinho) are crunchy small cuts of chicken deep fried in oil and topped with a mixture of toasted garlic, olive oil, and parsley.
Keywords:frango a passarinho, fried chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 6
Calories585 kcal


  • Fresh juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard or 2 Tbsp regular yellow mustard
  • 1-½ tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground black pepper divided
  • 5 lbs chicken skin on and cut into small pieces (or only wings, cut in the joints)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour If on a keto diet, replace for almond flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal If on a keto diet, replace for almond flour, or skip
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika optional
  • Vegetable oil enough to deep fry chicken pieces
  • 8 large garlic cloves minced
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley or more fresh


  • In a large Ziploc bag, mix in lime juice, mustard, 1-½ Tablespoons salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper. Place small cuts of chicken inside, seal bag, and try to combine mixture with the chicken as much as possible. Let rest at room temperature for 30-60 minutes.
  • In another large Ziploc bag, mix flour, cornmeal, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and paprika if desired. Remove chicken pieces from the bag, shaking off excess marinade, and place into the flour mixture. Seal bag and shake well until all pieces are covered with flour mixture.
  • Heat the vegetable oil to 350 degrees F, shake off excess flour, and deep fry chicken in batches. Avoid overcrowding the pan. It will take about 8 minutes (wings and other small pieces) to 12 minutes (drumsticks and other alike pieces). Place fried chicken bites onto a large sheet pan lined with double paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  • Meanwhile, toast minced garlic with olive oil over medium heat in a small to medium skillet -- just until garlic starts getting lightly brown. Watch carefully! Remove pan from the heat, let cool a bit, and spoon on top of the fried chicken bites. Sprinkle chopped parsley on top and serve by themselves or accompanied by French fries and chilled beer or other drink of your choice.

Recipe Notes

  • INACTIVE TIME: 30-60 minutes (marinade). SERVES 4-6 people.
  • STORE leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 


Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 1965mg | Potassium: 495mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 3.7mg
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