Feb 6, 2023

Review: Papa Johns - Chicken Parmesan Papa Bites

Papa Johns' Chicken Parmesan Papa Bites feature grilled chicken, pizza cheese, (i.e. cheese made from mozzarella), parmesan, and pizza sauce rolled up in the pizza dough, baked, and then finished with garlic parmesan seasoning. They come served with pizza sauce for dipping.

An 8-piece order costs $4.99 but I received this courtesy of Papa Johns.

They might have went a little wild with the garlic parmesan seasoning (or tilted the box too far during delivery) as there was the box absorbed quite a bit of grease and it was leaking through the box bottom a bit.

The Chicken Parmesan Papa Bites were rolled and cut a lot more uniformly than my previous order of Oreo Cookie Papa Bites. The pieces came mostly filled with cheese and chicken and just a smidge of pizza sauce. Despite the appearance of the boxes, the garlic parmesan seasoning on the Bites didn't feel particularly greasy.

Given that Chicken Parmesan Papa Bites took a few of the Papa Johns' existing ingredients and gave it a different form, there weren't any surprises here but it made for a nice combination of tastes and textures.

The chicken was moist and lightly seasoned, the pizza added just a touch of sweetness and tang, while the pizza cheese offered a melty creaminess to go with the salty bite of parmesan. Like the chain's pizza, the dough rarely got crispy but was nice here for an airy chewiness. Additionally, the garlic parmesan seasoning contributed an enjoyable, buttery, garlicky note to go with extra dried spices, more parmesan, and salt.

Overall, Papa Johns Chicken Parmesan Papa Bites turned out pretty well with an enjoyable taste that wasn't unlike chicken parmesan; only with different proportions of ingredients. It could use a bit of a crunch though and the pizza dipping sauce seemed unnecessary given the general saltiness of the Bites.

Nutritional Info - Papa Johns Chicken Parmesan Papa Bites
Serving Size - 1 Papa Bites 
Calories - 110 (from Fat - 40)
Fat - 4.5g (Saturated Fat - 2g)
Sodium - 280mg
Carbs - 10g (Sugar - 1g)
Protein - 6g

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