Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers (Paleo & AIP)

Let me tell you a story about a little girl who literally ate zero animal protein until she was about 20 that wasn’t in chicken nugget form. She was so unhealthy and out of touch with her bodies innate intelligence to eat real food that she would gag at any protein that wasn’t a nugget. She did not discriminate when it came to nuggets… dinosaur shaped, fast food, frozen, they were all her favorite. It wasn’t she grew up, was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and gut issues, and actually got a firm understanding of her health did she realize that those nuggets were not the best choice. So… clearly, I’m talking about myself here. Maybe dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets weren’t my friend then or now, but these chicken poppers are the real food, adult version of the chicken nuggets that I loved for years!
Let me tell you a story about a little girl who literally ate zero animal protein until she was about 20 that wasn’t in chicken nugget form. She was so unhealthy and out of touch with her bodies innate intelligence to eat real food that she would gag at any protein that wasn’t a nugget. She did not discriminate when it came to nuggets… dinosaur shaped, fast food, frozen, they were all her favorite. It wasn’t she grew up, was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and gut issues, and actually got a firm understanding of her health did she realize that those nuggets were not the best choice. So… clearly, I’m talking about myself here. Maybe dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets weren’t my friend then or now, but these chicken poppers are the real food, adult version of the chicken nuggets that I loved for years!

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 lb ground chicken (uncooked)
  • 2 cups uncooked sweet potato, finely grated (I used a wide cheese grated like this or you can use your food processor)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil + 1 tsp for greasing the baking sheet
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour (I recommend this brand )
  • 2–3 sprigs green onion, chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • Optional: 1 tsp paprika or chili powder (not AIP but adds a kick!)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper lightly greased with oil
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and thoroughly mix.
  3. Begin rolling the mixture into small, slightly flattened poppers about one inch in diameter (you’ll have about 20-25 poppers) and place them on the baking sheet
  4. Place in the oven for 25-28 minutes, flipping halfway through. Crisp further in a pan or place under the broiler if desired for 1-2 minutes to crisp further. Remove from the oven when thoroughly cooked through