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Whole30 Chicken Zucchini Poppers (Paleo, Keto)

Whole30 Chicken Zucchini Poppers (Paleo, Keto) – a tasty snack, main dish, or make ahead meal.  These savory bites are juicy, packed with veggies, and super family friendly! Whole30 + Paleo + Keto

These Whole30 Chicken Zucchini Poppers are a twist on a couple of my favorites things – meatballs and mini sliders.  They are bite-sized and packed with protein and veggies, perfect for a healthy meal or appetizer for your next gathering!

I made these last week and served them with a side of roasted veggies and potatoes for a quick Whole30 compliant dinner.  Made with simple ingredients, these poppers can be baked or lightly fried.  I have the best results cooking them in a cast iron skillet coated lightly with avocado oil.  Baking in the oven is less work and while they don’t have the same browned crust, the flavor is still excellent!

Are you looking for ways to sneak more veggies into your kids meals?  Grated zucchini is my favorite option because it’s nearly flavorless!  It adds great texture and juiciness to the ground chicken in these poppers.  I add it to all kinds of recipes, including this favorite soup.  Check out this recipe for Turkey Zucchini Burgers and another reader favorite, Zucchini Applesauce Muffins, for more inspiration!

These Chicken Zucchini Poppers include my all purpose seasoning blend which is a flavorful addition to everything from meatballs to veggies to soups.  See below for other flavor variations!

Fun Flavor/Party Variations for Chicken Zucchini Poppers

For different flavor combos, try some of my other homemade seasoning blends (Italian, Jerk, or Cajun would be awesome!) in place of the all purpose seasoning.

Dipping sauce ideas: Whole30 Ranch Dressing, Easy Homemade Salsa and Guacamole, and Chili Ranch Fry Sauce

For a Paleo friendly delicious spread at your next party, serve these poppers along with Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings, Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites and Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Substitute ground turkey for the chicken if desired.



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whole30 chicken zucchini poppers on plate with dipping sauce

whole30 chicken zucchini poppers with ranch dipping sauce

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whole30 chicken zucchini poppers with ranch dipping sauce

Whole30 Chicken Zucchini Poppers

Whole30 Chicken Zucchini Poppers (Paleo, Keto) - a tasty snack, main dish, or make ahead meal. These savory bites are juicy, packed with veggies, and super family friendly! Whole30 + Paleo + Keto
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 20 poppers
Calories: 40kcal
Author: Nikki


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini about 1 medium
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon all purpose salt free seasoning blend see recipe below
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil


  • Place grated zucchini on a clean kitchen towel.  Wring out excess water.  Combine zucchini with all ingredients in a large bowl.  Using your hands, blend the mixture and form into large meatball sized patties (flatten slightly.)
  • Heat oil in a large skillet (cast iron works great) over medium high heat.  Cook patties about 5 minutes per side until chicken is cooked through, flipping in between.  Add more oil as needed.

Oven Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place patties on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Cook for 15 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.  
Calories: 40kcal | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 142mg | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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  • Reply
    April 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    5 stars
    I made and used the all-purpose seasoning and it added the perfect taste to the dish. We ate it as an appetizer- and it was absolutely delicious!

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    April 9, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    5 stars
    LOVE the zucchini! My kids didn’t even know they were eating veggies! Thank you!

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      June 5, 2019 at 8:49 pm

      I’m not sure how I messed up such an easy recipe, but mine were way too crumbly. I had to add an egg and a little bit of coconut flour. I use the nut milk bag to squeeze excess water out of the zucchini. Do you think that’s where I went wrong?

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        June 5, 2019 at 10:58 pm

        Hmm, could be…I use a thin kitchen towel and really wring the water out. Typically, the ground chicken I get from the store is pretty moist, but if you used an extra lean variety it could result in a drier, more crumbly mixture.

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    April 10, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    5 stars
    Saving. The recipe but I am curious what the sauce is

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      April 11, 2018 at 12:37 am

      The sauce in the picture is homemade ranch dressing!

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    Rebecca tre
    December 26, 2018 at 1:35 am

    Can you freeze these?

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      December 26, 2018 at 11:58 am

      Yes, absolutely!

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    January 10, 2019 at 9:31 am

    How finely do you grate the zucchini? Do you just use a regular cheese grater? My grater has 4 different sizes to shred/grate. Thanks! 🙂

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      January 11, 2019 at 12:10 pm

      I just use a regular cheese grater to shred it but you could grate it more finely if you like!

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    July 31, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    At the risk of sounding dumb, are the oven instructions a secondary was to cook them, or how to reheat them?

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      August 1, 2019 at 10:32 am

      Just an alternative way to cook them!

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