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“KFC-Style” Hi-Protein Popcorn Chicken

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 276
Protein 41g
Fat 4g
Carbs 19g
Total Time

Popcorn Chicken! So tasty! Put it in a salad or a stir fry or straight in your mouth! Popcorn chicken is the best thing on the menu in any fried chicken place and while it seems like it would be complicated to make, it is actually quite easy.

 

When I think of KFC style popcorn chicken, I think of childhood school field trips where popcorn chicken would get handed out to eat while exploring! But when I get a craving for it, I find it overpriced and other fried chicken to be underwhelming. However, this recipe lets me make popcorn chicken easy without breaking the bank.

 

If you are a hardcore athlete or weightlifter, you must eat a lot of healthy food such as chicken and veggies. But if you find yourself getting bored or intimidated by the thought of eating so much chicken, you must be forgetting about popcorn chicken.  Poultry is easier to digest than red meat and is probably in the top ten most versatile foods that exist. Curry soup, salad with chicken, chicken caesar (in all its forms), chicken taco, Thai chicken—you could name chicken recipes all day off the top of your head that popcorn chicken could go in. Bite-sized chicken pieces battered with bread crumbs make meal planning and prep time so much more manageable and fun.

 

If you’d like, you can experiment with different flour mixtures and adding in seasoning like onion powder. You could also experiment with using pork or turkey instead of chicken.  Popcorn chicken is so versatile you can pretty much do whatever you want with it.  

 

If you had a fun time trying these chicken recipes for quick and easy meals throughout the day, please drop me a comment or send me a message. I would love to hear from you! Keep happy and healthy! Bon appetit!

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“KFC-Style” Hi-Protein Popcorn Chicken

Ingredients

Ingredients for up to 4 servings:

  • 1lb chicken breasts
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1.5 scoop Quest Nutrition Multipurpose Protein Mix
    • Substitute: 3/4 cup coconut flour or almond flour however, keep in mind the macronutrients will change.
  • 1.5 cup wheat panko crumbs
    • Substitute: wheat bread crumbs, or my favorite, toasted Ezekiel bread that has been pulverized in a blender.
  • 3 tablespoons sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoons garlic (minced or paste)
  • pinch of sea salt & pepper
Steps
  1. Set oven to 420F.
  2. Chop chicken breasts into small pieces, about the size of your thumb. Remember, that the smaller you cut the chicken breast pieces the more panko crumbs you may need to cover the pieces.
  3. Season the chicken pieces with garlic, sea salt and pepper.
  4. Beat the eggs and sriracha in a bowl and set aside.
  5. In two separate bowls, add Quest Nutrition protein powder to one bowl and wheat panko crumbs to the other.
  6. Cover the chicken pieces in the protein powder mix and then dip the piece in the egg mixture. Finally, lightly coat the chicken piece in wheat panko crumbs. Place the chicken pieces on a baking rack or baking sheet. Repeat until all of the chicken pieces have been covered.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Allow them to cool slightly before enjoying!

 

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Approximate macros for 1 of 4 servings:

 

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Calories
276
Protein
41g
Fat
4g
Carbs
19g
Sodium
-
Fiber
3g
Sugar
2g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.