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Extra Crispy Gluten-free Popcorn Chicken (oven-baked)

February 4, 2021

Extra Crispy Gluten-free Popcorn Chicken that is oven-baked and easy to make. A family favorite made with healthier ingredients! Dairy-free and gluten-free.Extra Crispy Gluten-free Popcorn Chicken that is oven-baked and easy to make. A family favorite made with healthier ingredients!

At this point you guys know I live for crispy and crunchy chicken recipes. I am so picky with my chicken and really will only eat the chicken Jordan’s roasts for us (recipe is in my cookbook) or any type of crispy crunchy type of chicken recipe.

These Healthier Crispy Paleo Chicken TendersPaleo Buffalo Chicken Nuggets (Whole 30)Paleo Crispy Sesame Chicken Tenders with Spicy Honey Sauce and these Paleo Crispy Chicken Nuggets (nut-free!) are some reader faves and personal favorites too.

I love that this recipe is one that my entire family will enjoy. And that means you won’t have to make 10 different meals to feed everyone. But then again – there really isn’t anything not to love when it comes to crispy chicken coated in some organic Frito-like chips. I snagged them from Trader Joe’s and they are hands down one of our favorite snacks. The ingredients are simple, organic and I swear they taste like Fritos guys. Definitely definitely try them! They are great to snack on too and 10000% addicting.

I list a few of my favorite recipes to serve with this popcorn chicken too. It’s going to be a staple once you guys try it. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Extra Crispy Gluten-free Popcorn Chicken that is oven-baked and easy to make. A family favorite made with healthier ingredients!

What ingredients you need to make oven-baked popcorn chicken:

How to make healthy gluten-free popcorn chicken:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, milk and spices and cover with foil or wrap and allow the chicken to marinate for about 1-2 hours (you can leave overnight)
  3. Take out 3 shallow bowls and in 1 add the crushed chips/crackers, another eggs and the other tapioca and spices
  4. Dip each piece of chicken in the tapioca mixture then egg (allowing excess to drip off) then the crushed chips last
  5. Add each piece of chicken to a lined baking sheet and bake in oven for about 25 minutes (I flipped 1/2 way through)
  6. Serve with your favorite dip and sides!

What sides to serve with this crispy chicken recipe:

My Favorite Air Fryer Japanese Sweet Potato Fries

The Easiest Healthy Mac & Cheese (gluten-free)

Kale + Brussels Sprout Slaw with Honey Mustard Dressing

The Best Vegan Creamy Tahini Caesar Salad (gluten-free)

Extra Crispy Gluten-free Popcorn Chicken that is oven-baked and easy to make. A family favorite made with healthier ingredients!Extra Crispy Gluten-free Popcorn Chicken that is oven-baked and easy to make. A family favorite made with healthier ingredients!

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Extra Crispy Gluten-free Popcorn Chicken (oven-baked)

Extra Crispy Gluten-free Popcorn Chicken that is oven-baked and easy to make. A family favorite made with healthier ingredients!

Extra Crispy Gluten-free Popcorn Chicken that is oven-baked and easy to make. A family favorite made with healthier ingredients!

  • Author: Rachel
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Ingredients

Chicken + marinade:

  • 1.5 lbs boneless chicken thighs or breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk (or any non-dairy milk but the full-fat coconut milk is creamier!)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Sea salt to taste

For the coating:

  • 1 bag of Trader Joe’s Organic Corn Chips, crushed up into panko consistency (like healthier Fritos – you can also use crushed crackers too!)
  • 2/3 cup tapioca or arrowroot flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, milk and spices and cover with foil or wrap and allow the chicken to marinate for about 1-2 hours (you can leave overnight)
  3. Take out 3 shallow bowls and in 1 add the crushed chips/crackers, another eggs and the other tapioca and spices
  4. Dip each piece of chicken in the tapioca mixture then egg (allowing excess to drip off) then the crushed chips last
  5. Add each piece of chicken to a lined baking sheet and bake in oven for about 25 minutes (I flipped 1/2 way through)
  6. Serve with your favorite dip and sides!

Notes

*Store leftovers in fridge for 5 days or freezer for 2 months (reheat in oven!)

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8 Responses

  1. This recipe is LEGIT!

    I surprised my pregnant wife with this for dinner and she was blown away – told her it was a family recipe jk! That crunch and flavor was unreal, added a little sriracha ranch and I’m still drooling just thinking about it!

  2. Rachel are Trader Joe’s chips paleo
    Looove your recipes. You are an amazing cook and a special person. Tysm for your recipes. Sylvia
    Twisted Pickle & Reflections Cosmetics.
    Sylvia

  3. a new fav!! love how cripsy it gets even in the oven. my whole fam loved it! i also used a little olive oil instead of the eggs for dietary restrictions and it worked great!

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