Pecan Popcorn Chicken

Pecan Popcorn Chicken (gluten-free, grain-free, low carb) | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Pecan Popcorn Chicken makes for the perfect kid-friendly snack! Looking for flavorful, crispy, tender, and juicy popcorn chicken? This recipe is for you!  Made in partnership with the American Pecan Council!

Pecan Popcorn Chicken | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

When I think of popcorn chicken, I think of KFC. Though I would certainly not eat that now, I wanted this popcorn chicken recipe to be reminiscent of the crunchy, crispy exterior, with a tender, juicy center! This recipe is just that!

I am so excited to partner with my friends at the American Pecan Council to bring you this recipe!

Pecan Popcorn Chicken | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

These chicken nuggets, or popcorn chicken bites, are nutrient-dense, so you’ll feel GOOD about serving these! Pecans are lower in carbs and higher in fiber compared to many other nuts, and they’re among the highest in monounsaturated fats, including the beneficial oleic acid that’s found in olive oil!

Pecan Popcorn Chicken | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Dairy-free, Grain-free, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly! Plus, that Cajun Garlic Dipping Sauce is truly AMAZING.

Pecan Popcorn Chicken | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Pecan Popcorn Chicken

Preparation 15 minutes 2017-08-24T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 15 minutes 2017-08-24T00:15:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

Pecan Mixture

Egg White Mixture

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

Other Ingredients

  • 1 pound 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 needed for frying

Cajun Garlic Dipping Sauce

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

Instructions

1. Mix all ingredients for the pecan mixture in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
2. Place arrowroot flour and egg white mixture in two 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 the pecan mixture. Make sure to coat the chicken generously in the pecan mixture.
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 8-10 minutes, or until outside is golden and no pink remains. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
6. 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 cups and set aside until ready to eat.
7. Serve warm!

Recipe Notes

*Bake the chicken poppers instead of frying!
Pre-heat oven to 400 °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.

This post is sponsored by the American Pecan Council. All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own! I love the integrity of their products and think you’ll love them too. Thank you for continuing to support LCK and the brands I work with!

One Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower

Looking for the most flavorful dinner made with no fuss and no mess? This One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower recipe is hearty, flavorful, and packed with veggies and delicious Indian spices. It’s my new go-to weeknight meal!

One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower

I am so excited to partner with my friends at Tuttorosso Tomatoes for today’s recipe. You’ve heard me say it before, and I’ll say it again; I absolutely LOVE their canned tomato products. If you remember, I visited their factories and farms last year, and have grown to know and trust the family, brand, and the products they put out for us consumers. I can honestly say they are the best canned tomatoes I’ve tried, and I’ve done actual taste tests!

There 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes are a pantry staple!

One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower

This recipe is the perfect weeknight or weekend meal. It serves a group (or save it for leftovers), is packed with delicious flavors, and has tons of veggies!

The best part? It is made in ONE PAN. No mess, no crazy clean up.

One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower   One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower

One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower

 

One Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower

Preparation 10 min 2017-08-24T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 35 min 2017-08-24T00:35:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat a large saucepan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons of butter. Add in diced onion, garlic, grated ginger, and cauliflower florets. Cover and let cook, stirring every 2-3 minutes until the onion is translucent, and cauliflower begins to soften.
  • Add in all spices and chicken, sear cubed chicken breasts for 2 minutes on each sides.
  • Pour in rice and cook for another minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add in diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and chicken broth. Cover and let cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes until the chicken broth has soaked up into the rice mixture.
  • Add in the spinach and coconut milk and cook until the spinach has wilted, stirring for 1 minute.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Garnish and serve warm!

Recipe Notes

  • For vegan: omit chicken and sub vegetable broth.

One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and CauliflowerDo you love one pan meals as much as I do?

This post is sponsored by Tuttorosso Tomatoes. All opinions are always100% my own.

Slow Cooker Thai Curry Chicken [VIDEO]

This Slow Cooker Thai Curry Chicken will soon become your favorite lunch or dinner. It’s packed with delicious flavor and comes together in a pinch! We ate it all week long on top of white rice or cauliflower rice, and it would be great over rice noodles with veggies, too!

Slow Cooker Thai Curry Chicken

Week 2 of Slow Cooker Sunday is here and it’s a goodie! I am so happy to see so many of you making and sharing your Carne Asada from last week, so let’s keep it going strong this week!

Slow Cooker Thai Curry ChickenYou put it all in…

Mix it up…Slow Cooker Thai Curry Chicken

Then set it and forget it, and voila! Perfect Thai Curry chicken!

Slow Cooker Thai Curry Chicken

Slow Cooker Thai Curry Chicken

Preparation 10 min 2017-08-24T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 4 hr 2017-08-24T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place sliced onion in the bottom of the insert of your slow cooker.
  • Add coconut milk, garlic, ginger, fish sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, sugar, and spices. Toss to combine.
  • Add in chicken and mix to coat.
  • Set on high for 4 hours. When done, shred with two forks.
  • Serve over white rice or cauliflower rice, garnish, and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

  • For Whole30, omit the sugar.

Slow Cooker Thai Curry ChickenWho’s ready for more from this series? Check back in each Sunday this Fall!

Bruschetta Chicken

This Bruschetta Chicken is perfect anytime of the year, but it’s my favorite during grilling season. The chicken is marinated to perfection, grilled, and topped with delicious fresh bruschetta. Not much better for a lovely Spring or Summer night.

Bruschetta Chicken Recipe

Before we head to the recipe, I HAVE to tell you about the new Whole Foods Market here in Massachusetts. I had the opportunity to visit it before it opened with some fabulous Boston bloggers and I was blown away by the fresh new design and awesome new additions. If you live here, I highly recommend checking out this new Westford location. I found so many amazing local, paleo-friendly, and healthy options– along with super unique aspects specific to their store.

Whole Foods Market Westford MA

A power bowl station? Sign me up! A Clover Food Lab in the store? YES, PLEASE. 

And tons of local items that I haven’t seen in other locations. I was in love! Their produce is amazing so it was perfect timing to make my Bruschetta Chicken! Plus, they have the most amazing cheese shop in the store — so if you tolerate some dairy like we do, the Mozzarella was a MUST.

So besides visiting the new WFM location, it’s time to make some Bruschetta Chicken. Let’s do this!

Bruschetta Chicken Recipe

Bruschetta Chicken Recipe

Bruschetta Chicken Recipe

Bruschetta Chicken

Preparation 15 min 2017-08-24T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 20 min 2017-08-24T00:20:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

For the Chicken

Bruschetta

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced fine
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil, chopped
  • Optional: 1/2 to 1 cup fresh chopped mozzarella
  • Additional basil, for garnish

Instructions

  • Season chicken with salt and pepper then place chicken, balsamic, and oil into a resealable ziplock bag or glass marinating dish. Let marinade for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
  • When ready to grill, grease grill and heat to medium heat.
  • Add chicken and let cook for 7 minutes on each side or until fully cooked through.
  • While grilling, combine all bruschetta ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  • Top chicken with bruschetta and serve immediately.

Bruschetta Chicken Recipe

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Moroccan Chicken Burgers with Special Sauce

These Moroccan Chicken Burgers are packed with flavor and make for the perfect light Spring or Summer chicken burger! You’ll love them paired with this delicious simple sauce.
Moroccan Chicken Burger

I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. I’m in New York for the week working and spending time with family and friends! If you’re in New York or visiting soon, be sure to follow me along on Instagram and Snapchat for restaurant recommendations and all of that good stuff! 

These burgers are my all-time new favorite. They are light, flavorful, and perfect for a weeknight or weekend dinner. The sauce pairs so well with the flavor combination and you can dress it up with your favorite fix-ins’.

Want to know the best part? This burger recipe means grilling season is finally here. Y-A-Y!

 

Moroccan Chicken Burger

 

 

Moroccan Chicken Burger

Preparation 10 min 2017-08-24T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 20 min 2017-08-24T00:20:00+00:00 Serves 5     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • Moroccan Chicken Burgers
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 onion grated
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • 1-inch chunk ginger, grated (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot (About 1 carrot, grated)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Optional: pinch cayenne pepper

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayo (homemade or store-bought made with avocado or olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint

Garnishes

  • Sliced Avocado
  • Sliced Tomato
  • Sliced Red Onion
  • Lettuce

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine ground chicken with all remaining ingredients and mix well to combine. Form into 4 patties. If the chicken mixture is sticky, wet your hands before forming each patty.
  • Grease grill and heat to medium heat. Place burgers onto the grill and cook for 6 to 7 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked through.
  • While grilling whisk together sauce ingredients.
  • Assemble burgers and serve immediately.
  • MoroccanChickenBurger4What is your favorite type of burger?

    Grilled Mango Chicken with Strawberry Mango Salsa

    This Grilled Mango Chicken with Strawberry Mango Salsa is the perfect healthy, Spring & Summer dish. With grilling season is upon us, there’s not much else you need for lunch or dinner. I can’t get enough of grilling with a touch of sweetness! The best part is? It’s simple to prepare, because we’re all busy!

    Grilled Mango Chicken with Strawberry Mango Salsa

    Remember in February where I shared four mango meal-prep recipes/ideas every Monday on my Instagram account? I loved those posts, since I simply LOVE mangos! I’m super excited to be back teaming up with my friends from The National Mango Board today to bring you this delicious recipe.

    Grilled Mango Chicken with Strawberry Mango Salsa

    This chicken is marinated in deliciousness and grilled to perfection.  Then topped with even more perfection! Are you sold yet?

    P.S. Did you know that mangos provide 100% of your daily vitamin C, 35% of your daily vitamin A and 12% of your daily fiber? And they’re sooo good, too.

    Grilled Mango Chicken with Strawberry Mango Salsa

    Grilled Mango Chicken with Strawberry Mango Salsa

    Preparation 20 min 2017-08-24T00:20:00+00:00 Cook Time 20 min 2017-08-24T00:20:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

    Ingredients

    Strawberry Mango Salsa

    • 1 cup mango, cubed
    • 1 cup strawberries, diced
    • 1/4 red onion, finely diced
    • 1 teaspoon lime juice
    • Fresh cilantro, basil, or mint, chopped

    Instructions

    • Slice mango in half and scoop out the flesh. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.
    • In a bowl, mix together mango puree, honey, coconut amigos, lime, salt and pepper.
    • Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.
    • Add chicken and mixture into a glass dish or resealable plastic bag and let marinade in the refrigerator for at minimum 30 minutes, up to 8 hours.
    • When ready to grill, grease grill with oil and heat to medium heat.
    • Grill chicken for about 10 minutes on each side, brushing remaining marinade on it when flipping, until no pink remains. Time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts.
    • While grilling, mix together salsa ingredients.
    • Top chicken with salsa and enjoy!
    Grilled Mango Chicken with Strawberry Mango Salsa

    Grilled Mango Chicken with Strawberry Mango Salsa

    Grilled Mango Chicken with Strawberry Mango Salsa

    What is your favorite grilling recipe?