Whole30 Chicken Zucchini Poppers (Paleo, Keto)

whole30 chicken zucchini poppers with ranch dipping sauce

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!

This recipe includes 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 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 Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites and Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

 

 

close up of whole30 chicken zucchini poppers

whole30 chicken zucchini poppers on plate with dipping sauce

whole30 chicken zucchini poppers with ranch dipping sauce

5 from 3 votes
whole30 chicken zucchini poppers with ranch dipping sauce
Whole30 Chicken Zucchini Poppers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

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

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 poppers
Calories: 40 kcal
Author: Nikki
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini about 1 medium
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon all purpose salt free seasoning blend see recipe below
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
Instructions
  1. 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.

  2. 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
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place patties on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Cook for 15 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.  

Nutrition Facts
Whole30 Chicken Zucchini Poppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 40 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 72mg 3%
Potassium 142mg 4%
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 0.7%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 0.3%
Iron 1.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

4 Comments

  • Reply
    Michelle
    April 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    Polly
    April 9, 2018 at 1:24 pm

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

  • Reply
    Kimberly
    April 10, 2018 at 9:17 pm

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

    • Reply
      Nikki
      April 11, 2018 at 12:37 am

      The sauce in the picture is homemade ranch dressing!

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