How Long to Cook Diced Chicken

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Knowing how long to cook diced chicken will help you make easy chicken recipes on the stove top, in the oven, air fryer, or even in an instant pot.

Read on and learn another one of our best cooking tips about how long to cook chicken pieces for healthy lunch and dinner recipes.

A skillet with diced chicken in it.
For many, cooking diced chicken in a skillet is the best way to make it.

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I have been accused of being obsessed with all things food. This should come as no surprise for folks who know me as my last name literally translates into big eater, in the German language.

Thus, I love to talk about all things food, and not just recipes! I can spend hours talking about the best ways to grease a cake pan, the differences between baking soda and baking powder, and even discussions centered around questions like, why does chocolate hurt my teeth?

Chicken recipes are some of my favorite things to eat and knowing how long to cook diced chicken is an important part of making them.

Diced chicken is a favorite way to use boneless skinless chicken breasts and boneless skinless chicken thighs. You can cut these into cubes at home or buy a pre-cut package of diced chicken at the grocery store.

Dicing chicken breast on a cutting board.
Diced chicken should be no larger than 1-inch cubes.

Bite sizes of chicken can vary, but you don’t want to cut them any larger than 1-inch cubes. Also, you can expect them to shrink as they cook.

Common questions

Can I cook diced chicken ahead of time?

Yes! You can cook this ahead of time and then store it in the fridge until ready to use. This makes meal times fast and easy.

How long is this good for?

The USDA recommends that leftover cooked chicken be stored at 40° F (or less) and used within 3 or 4 days. You can also keep it in the freezer for up to 3-4 months in an airtight container. After this, you should discard it.

Food safety

Before we start, it’s important to note that raw meat can carry harmful bacteria that can cause food poisoning. To prevent this, always carefully handle raw chicken and follow safe food handling practices.

Measuring the temperature of chicken in a pan.

Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature of the chicken reaches at least 165°F (74°C) when cooked. I always recommend this Thermapen One from Thermoworks. It is accurate, fast, and has an awesome five-year warranty.

How to cook chicken pieces in a pan

One of the best ways to cook diced chicken is to sauté it in a little bit of olive oil over medium heat. For added flavor, season the poultry with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and black pepper.

A bowl of cooked diced chicken.

Cook it for about 5-7 minutes, occasionally stirring, until it’s golden brown and cooked through.

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How to make diced chicken in the oven

If you’re looking for a healthier option, try baking this in the oven. Preheat the oven to 425°F (200°C).

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and apply a layer of non-stick cooking spray.

Place the cubes in a mixing bowl, toss olive oil, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese, and stir well. For some added flavor, a little Italian seasoning goes a long way. Make sure the Parmesan cheese adheres to the cubes of meat. You can also season the chicken with chili powder, cayenne pepper, or your favorite seasoning mix.

To bake this in the oven, spread it in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake it for about 20 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the chicken is cooked through and golden brown. Once the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165° F, you can take it out of the oven.

These oven-baked chicken bites are perfect for making soups, salads, and even chicken sandwiches.

How long to cook diced chicken in an air fryer

Another easy recipe for diced chicken is to make chicken nuggets in an air fryer. Simply coat the chicken cubes in corn starch, egg, and breadcrumbs or seasoning mix, and air fry them for about 10 minutes until they’re crispy and cooked through.

What to make with diced chicken

This is also great for stir-fried dishes. Heat a little vegetable oil or olive oil in a wok or large pot over medium-high heat.

Stir fry is an easy way to use diced chicken.

Add the poultry and sliced vegetables like zucchini, onion, and bell pepper, and stir-fry for 5-7 minutes until the meat is cooked.

Season with garlic powder, onion powder, or your favorite seasoning mix, and serve over white rice or cauliflower rice for a delicious meal.

Diced chicken is a versatile meat used in many different recipes. It can also make meal prep time easier because there are so many good ways to use leftover chicken. These are just a few of my favorite ways to use leftover chicken:

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