Zucchini Chicken Poppers: My go-to recipe when I want to munch on something flavorful but too lazy to deal with the post-cooking cleanup.
This is one of those simplest recipes which is very filling yet easy to cook, and it doesn’t leave you with piles of dishes taunting you from the sidelines.
All you need is a bowl for mixing up ingredients and a pan to fry the poppers. If you choose to bake it in the oven then you don’t even need a pan. So, it becomes a complete one-pot recipe.
This recipe is keto and paleo friendly. Moreover, it is very forgiving, you can use d-i-f-f-e-r-e-n-t herbs in it. If you don’t like parsley, you can add cilantro or thyme, or basil. You can change up the ground chicken to ground turkey, You are your own BOSS!!!
Can I make my own ground chicken?
If you own a food processor, or a food grinder, or even a sharp chef’s blade, you can make your own ground chicken at home.
Cut off the big chunks of boneless skinless chicken breast and run it in the food processor for about 10 seconds or until the chicken looks coarsely ground.
Tips for juicy and best zucchini chicken poppers:
- Do not skip the step of absorbing excess water onto the paper towel. Why is it important?
Zucchini contains a lot of water content in it, so if you don’t remove the excess water it will be difficult to shape the poppers and the poppers will collapse.
- I love the pan-fried chicken poppers more than baked ones. They seem to be more juicer and flavorful than the baked ones.
There’s no need to use a lot of oil, 2 tbsp oil which covers the pan bottom is enough to fry them to a nice golden brown color. Make sure to fry them on medium flame.
Make a quick and healthy sandwich out of Chicken Zucchini Poppers
You will need three slices of white/brown bread, 2 tablespoons of tomato ketchup, a cucumber, and a tomato cut into thin slices.
Apply 1 tbsp. tomato ketchup on the first slice of bread and place one patty of prepared chicken zucchini popper over it. Now place another slice of bread and apply 1 tbsp. of ketchup again. Next, put the slices of tomato and cucumber over the second slice of bread. Close the sandwich with the third slice, lightly toast the sandwich on a pan for 30 seconds on both sides and enjoy the delicious and quick chicken zucchini sandwich.
So, call it Zucchini chicken poppers / zucchini chicken fritters / zucchini chicken meatballs, the recipe remains the same. Let’s go ahead, let’s get cooking!!!
Ingredients needed for Chicken Zucchini Poppers
1: Grate the zucchini with skin on. Place the paper towel over the grated zucchini to absorb the excess water. Dispose off the paper towel.
2: Add the ground chicken over the grated Zucchini.
3: Next, add the minced garlic, chopped parsley, pepper powder, salt, and oil.
4: Combine all the ingredients very well, as shown.
Step 5: Place 2 tbsp of prepared mixture on your palm, shape it into a round ball and then flatten it slightly to form a patty. ( At this point, if you wish, you can freeze the poppers in the airtight container or the cling wrap. Place the small parchment paper in between every patty).
Step 6: Heat a pan on a medium flame, add 2 tablespoons of oil and place the prepared patties on the pan. Do not over crowd the pan.
Cook patties for about 5 minutes per side until chicken is cooked through and gets a nice golden brown color, flipping in between. Add more oil as needed.
Serve hot with the dip or sauce of your choice.
How to reheat Chicken Zucchini poppers?
You can heat the leftover zucchini poppers either in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or simply heat them on the preheated pan with a touch of olive oil, for about 5 mins. Another way to heat them in the toaster over covering them with aluminum foil for 7-8 minutes at 300 degrees Celsius.
Turn your veggie loather into a veggie lover
These kinds of recipes are the fun way to make your kids eat veggies that are full of minerals and vitamins. You can also make the extra batch of these poppers and freeze them. That way, you can make them in the morning without any hassle and pack the nutrition meal for lunch box for your kids or for yourselves.
Try out our other kid friendly recipes:
- Tasty and Delicious Chicken Fajita Quesadilla
- Zapiekanka (Polish street food) Authentic Recipe
- An Easy & Best Recipe to make Chicken Puff pastry
- Fried Chicken Tenders Recipe
Health benefits of Zucchini?
- High in anti-oxidants
- Zucchini contains zero fat and is high in water and fiber content with a low-calorie count
- It is packed with beneficial nutrients including Vitamins C and A, potassium, and folate
- It also contains vitamin B6 which regulates blood sugar.
- Compounds such as lutein and zeaxanthin protect the eye’s cells by filtering blue light wavelengths
Zucchini Chicken Poppers – Paleo & Whole30
Grate the zucchini with skin on. Place the paper towel over the grated zucchini to absorb the excess water. Dispose off the paper towel.
In the same plate/bowl, add ground chicken, chopped parsley, minced garlic, salt, pepper powder, and oil. Combine well.
Now, place 2 tbsp of prepared mixture on your palm, shape it to a round ball and then flatten it slightly to form a patty.
Heat a pan on a medium flame, add 2 table spoon oil and place the prepared patties on the pan.
Cook patties for about 5 minutes per side until chicken is cooked through and gets a nice golden brown color, flipping in between. Add more oil as needed.Oven instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Celsius. Spray a bit of olive or avocado oil onto a baking tray lined with Aluminum foil. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through.