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Popcorn chicken pieces with dips in a tray.

Popcorn Chicken with

A great family meal with crunchy parmesan crust and soft chicken bites.

Course Kids Cooking, Main Course
Cuisine Family Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 children's portions
Calories 408 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken breasts Skinless and boneless
  • 75 g Greek yoghurt See Note 1.
  • 100 g Panko breadcrumbs See Note 2.
  • 30 g Grated parmesan
  • 2 tsp Paprika See Note 3.
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil See Note 4.

For the Honey and Mustard Dip

  • 100 g Greek yoghurt
  • 3 tsp Runny honey
  • 1 tsp Wholegrain mustard

For the Sweet Chilli Mayo

  • 100 g Mayonnaise
  • 5 tsp Sweet chilli sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C.

  2. Cut the chicken breasts into even, bite sized chunks (I use scissors).

  3. Put into a large bowl with the greek yoghurt and coat well.

  4. In another bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, paprika, garlic powder and salt and pepper.

  5. Roll each piece of yoghurt coated chicken into the breadcrumbs mixture and coat well.

  6. Place each piece onto a baking sheet covered with baking paper (don't overcrowd them, you may need two baking trays).

  7. Give each nugget a little drizzle of oil (if you had one you could use an oil spray, which would work brilliantly).

  8. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until crispy and golden all over (they may take a little longer depending on your oven).

  9. Whilst they are baking make each of the sauces by mixing the ingredients for each one together in a small bowl.

  10. Serve with the dips.

Recipe Notes

Note 1 - Greek Yoghurt
If you can get it, I do think thick Greek Yoghurt works best for this as it's so thick, it acts like glue for the breadcrumbs. If you only have natural yoghurt, you can try it but they won't stick quite as well and you may need to reduce the amount you use a little.

Note 2 - Panko Breadcrumbs
I use Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) as they are SO crunchy and lush. Regular breadcrumbs or homemade breadcrumbs will work fine too.

Note 3 - Paprika
You can substitute this for Smoked Paprika, Chilli Flakes, a reduced amount of Cayenne Pepper, or anything similar to give these Popcorn Chicken pieces a little kick and colour.

Note 4 - Oil
Vegetable, sunflower or olive oil is fine. This step is important as it makes the nuggets crispy. If you had a spray bottle of oil this would be AMAZING for doing this (I didn't have one).

Nutrition Facts
Popcorn Chicken with
Amount Per Serving
Calories 408 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 147mg49%
Sodium 597mg26%
Potassium 483mg14%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 2.9mg4%
Calcium 297mg30%
Iron 8.1mg45%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.