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Popcorn Chicken Salad Lunchbox

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If you want to level up your chicken game, these chicken recipes are just for you! These recipes are a perfect lunchbox idea instead of eating the same meal every day. For this one, we’ll be making not one, not two, but THREE delicious popcorn chicken salad recipes. If you’re ready to prepare some scrumptious salad recipes, put on your apron and we’ll start by preparing the ingredients.

First, we’ll be making popcorn chicken. If you’re vegan and you don’t prefer chicken, you can swap out the chicken with some roasted tempeh or roasted cauliflower. Let’s start by cutting our chicken breast into one-inch bite-sized pieces. Season some panko bread crumbs with salt and pepper, then dredge your chicken in almond flour, egg, and the panko. Place your chicken on a baking rack and lightly spray them with olive oil to get that golden brown color. Bake in the oven for twelve to fifteen minutes until cooked through.

BUFFALO POPCORN CHICKEN SALAD

For the buffalo dressing, mix in Greek yogurt, hot sauce, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and chives together. In a meal prep container, assemble your salad with sliced radish, shredded carrots, chopped celery, diced tomato, chopped green lettuce, and popcorn chicken. Top it off with the buffalo dressing and enjoy!

TERIYAKI POPCORN CHICKEN SALAD

To assemble the salad, put in your chopped lettuce, diced tomato, shredded purple cabbage, mandarin oranges, diced or chopped cucumber in a meal prep container. For the dressing, mix in rice vinegar and teriyaki sauce. For this recipe, I used Anne Chung’s gluten-free teriyaki sauce. Pour in your dressing in the salad and enjoy your popcorn chicken salad recipe!

HAWAIIAN POPCORN CHICKEN SALAD

In a meal prep container, assemble chopped green lettuce, diced tomato, diced cucumber, diced pineapple, diced or chopped bell peppers, diced avocado, and popcorn chicken. Top off your chicken salad with low-calorie balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Recipe 1

POPCORN CHICKEN

Prep 15min
Cook 15min
Total 30min
202cal

Ingredients for 6 servings

  • 1 1/2 lb raw chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Batter
    • 1/3 cup fine almond flour
    • 1 cup panko crumbs
    • an egg, lightly beaten

Steps

Step 1

Set oven to 420F/216C.

Step 2

Add a pinch of sea salt and pepper to the panko crumbs and mix it up.

Step 3

After the chicken is chopped into small pieces, dip the chicken piece in the almond flour, then the egg, then the panko.

Step 4

Place the chicken on a baking tray (or baking rack). Lightly spray them with olive oil to help them brown in the oven. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

Calories202cal
Protein30g
Fats6g
Carbs8g
Fiber1g
Sugar1g
Recipe 2

Buffalo Popcorn Chicken Salad

Prep 5min
Cook 5min
Total 10min
349cal

Ingredients for 1 serving

  • 1 serving popcorn chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green lettuce
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 small radish, sliced
  • 1 serving quick Buffalo style dressing (see below)

 

Buffalo Dressing (makes 3 servings)

68 calories, 4g protein, 1g carbohydrates, 5g fat, 0g fiber, 2g sugar
  • 4oz 2% Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Garnish – dried chives

Steps

Step 1

Mix together the ingredients for the dressing.

Step 2

Assemble the salad with the ingredients.

Calories349cal
Protein37g
Fats12g
Carbs24g
Fiber6g
Sugar7g
Recipe 3

Teriyaki Popcorn Chicken Salad

Prep 5min
Cook 5min
Total 10min
329cal

Ingredients for 1 serving

  • 1 serving popcorn chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green lettuce
  • 1/3 cup shredded (purple) cabbage
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 cup (113g) mandarin oranges – NO sugar added
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, diced or chopped
  • Dressing
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce (I used Anne Chung’s gluten-free sauce)
    • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Steps

Step 1

Mix together the ingredients for the dressing.

Step 2

Assemble the salad with the ingredients.

Calories329cal
Protein34g
Fats6g
Carbs34g
Fiber5g
Sugar12g
Recipe 4

Hawaiian Popcorn Chicken Salad

Prep 5min
Cook 5min
Total 10min
351cal

Ingredients for 1 serving

  • 1 serving popcorn chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green lettuce
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1/3 cup pineapple, diced
  • 1/3 cup bell pepper, diced or chopped
  • 1/4 cup avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoon low-calorie balsamic vinaigrette (I used balsamic dressing with no oil)

Steps

Step 1

Assemble the salad using the ingredients.

Calories351cal
Protein33g
Fats10g
Carbs32g
Fiber8g
Sugar11g
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Details

Prep 30min
Cook 30min
Total 1h
Total Calories: 1231cal
Total Carbs: 98g
Total Fats: 34g
Total Protein: 134g
Total Fiber: 20g
Total Sugar: 31g
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Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!