Pecan Popcorn Chicken

Submitted by:

American Pecan Council | Lexi Davidson, Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Pecan Popcorn Chicken makes for the perfect kid-friendly snack! Pecan-crusted chicken bites are paired with a cajun garlic dipping sauce for an extra kick.


  • Pecan Mixture:
  • 1 3/4 cup finely ground pecans, using food processor
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Egg White Mixture:
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Other Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil, pecan oil, or oil of choice, more as necessary for frying
  • Cajun Garlic Dipping Sauce: (makes 1/3 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Mix all ingredients for the pecan mixture in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. Place flour and egg white mixture in a separate mixing bowls and set aside.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set next to the three mixing bowls.
  4. Place chicken in the egg mixture, dredge in flour, place back into the egg mixture and then dredge in pecan mixture. Make sure to coat the chicken generously in the pecan mix.
  5. Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Splash a drop of water in it, if it sizzles, it is ready to go!
  6. Carefully, place the chicken in the hot skillet and fry for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  7. Make the Cajun garlic dipping sauce: While chicken is cooking, place the cajun garlic dipping sauce ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend until just combined. Taste and adjust lemon and spices as necessary. Pour into desired serving cupsand set aside until ready to eat.

Recipe notes: 

*Bake the chicken poppers instead of frying: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 12 minutes. Transfer chicken to the top rack of the oven and broil on high for 1-2 minutes on each side, until the outside is golden and the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Nutrition facts




56 g

Sat Fat

7 g


810 mg


23 g


4 g


27 g

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