Paleo Popcorn Chicken


Delicious bite sized chicken pieces coated in a coconut crumb, baked not fried. Gluten free, dairy free and egg free with a nut free option.

This recipe for Paleo Popcorn Chicken is such a fun way to serve protein and another the kids will love. Great for snacks or lunch boxes. 

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Nutrition 101:

  • Chicken is a great protein source rich in iron and other minerals necessary for growth. 
  • Chicken provides a broad nutrient support with all B vitamins, potassium, calcium and zinc.


Paleo Popcorn Chicken


  • 500g Free Range Chicken Mince
  • 1 small Carrot, finely grated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Paprika 
  • Pinch Salt and Pepper 
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened Shredded Coconut (Organic) 
  • 1/2 cup Almond Meal 
  • Olive Oil spray


  1. Pre-heat fan-forced oven to 180°C.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine chicken mince, carrot, garlic powder, oregano, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper. 
  3. Using clean hands roll heaped teaspoon portions of mixture into bite sized balls. Set aside.
  4. In a small mixing bowl combine shredded coconut and almond meal.
  5. Roll each chicken ball in coconut/almond mixture to coat evenly. Place popcorn chicken on a lined baking tray.
  6. Lightly spray popcorn chicken with olive oil. Bake in oven for 8 -10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Check half way and move popcorn chicken around if needed.
  7. Serve hot as is or with our baked sweet potato chips and sugar free tomato sauce. 

Serving Suggestions:

Make It Personal:

  • Add dried herbs of choice for a boost of savoury flavour. 
  • You can also pan fry popcorn chicken in olive oil over medium heat, agitating frequently until cooked through. 

Recipe Tips:

  • This recipe works best using premium chicken mince; avoid using lean mince.

Sensitive to FODMAPs?

  • Omit onion and garlic powder and substitute with 2 teaspoons dried herbs of choice (such as oregano, rosemary, tarragon or parsley).
  • Almonds are generally tolerated up to 10 per serve and coconut up to 1/4 cup per serve, reduce your amount of coating to suit. 

Sensitive to Nuts?

  • For a nut free version simply omit almond meal and add additional coconut for coating. 

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  • Peanut Free
  • Egg Free
  • Grain Free
  • Fructose Free
  • FODMAP Friendly (option)
  • Corn Free
  • Paleo

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