Pecan Popcorn Chicken

This Pecan Popcorn Chicken is the perfect addition to your weekend gatherings, game-day watch parties, or any time you're craving a portable delight that's perfect for dipping.

Pecan Popcorn Chicken

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes

Serves

4 people

This Pecan Popcorn Chicken is the perfect addition to your weekend gatherings, game-day watch parties, or any time you’re craving a portable delight that’s perfect for dipping.

The pecan-crusted chicken bites can paired with a Cajun garlic dipping sauce for an extra kick.

 

Recipe and image courtesy of the American Pecan Council.

Ingredients

Pecan Mixture:

  • 1 3/4 cup finely ground pecans, using food processor
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Egg White Mixture:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Additional Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot flour
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil, pecan oil, or oil of choice, more as necessary for frying

Cajun Garlic Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preparation

For the Popcorn Chicken

  • 1 Mix all ingredients for the pecan mixture in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  • 2 Place arrowroot and egg white mixture in a separate mixing bowls and set aside.
  • 3 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set next to the three mixing bowls.
  • 4 Place chicken in the egg mixture, dredge in arrowroot flour, place back into the egg mixture and then dredge in pecan mixture. Make sure to coat the chicken generously in the pecan mix.
  • 5 Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Splash a drop of water in it, if it sizzles, it is ready to go!
  • 6 Carefully, place the chicken in the hot skillet and fry for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

For the Cajun Garlic Dipping Sauce

  • 1 While chicken is cooking, place the cajun garlic dipping sauce ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend until just combined. Taste and adjust lemon and spices as necessary. Pour into desired serving cupsand set aside until ready to eat.
  • 2 Serve warm!
  • 3 *Bake the chicken poppers instead of frying: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 12 minutes. Transfer chicken to the top rack of the oven and broil on high for 1-2 minutes on each side, until the outside is golden and the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

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