With the mushrooming of fast food chains everywhere, who wants to eat healthy? Definitely, not the kids. Every fast food meal is high in calories and low in nutritional value. We don’t realize it because admit it, we don’t want to. And if looks mean anything, in fat foods’ defence, they look every bit enticing and scrumptious. So, before we know it we give in to the craving. We all know that craving cannot always be controlled. But what if they can be made healthier if one’s willing? For the people who want the best of both worlds, presenting to you – Healthy Popcorn Chicken.
If you have some frozen chicken in your freezer, you can make this anytime. I usually do have some chicken breasts for moments like these.
All you need is:
1 cup corn flakes
1 chicken breast cut into small square pieces.
4 tablespoon thick curd (Yogurt).
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning or a seasoning of your choice. Plus some extra to mix with corn flakes.
2 teaspoons garlic powder.
Salt and pepper to taste.
1. Except the corn flakes mix all the ingredients well and let it sit for an hour to marinade.
2. Crush the corn flakes in a polybag with a rolling pin. Place in a shallow bowl. Add some seasoning and a bit of salt and mix well.
3. Roll the chicken in crushed corn flakes making sure you’ve covered all the sides well.
4. Place in a shallow pan lined with foil or sprayed with oil. Drizzle with some olive oil (optional).
5. Bake uncovered at 350 for about 15-20 minutes.
6. Serve along side the condiment of your choice. I like to serve with some thousand island*.
Always cover the chicken (or vegetarian nuggets) completely with the corn flakes to prevent them from drying.
You could also air fry them if you own an air fryer. Or deep fry them in oil if you so desire. It would still be healthier than the one you get in a restaurant.
If I have some béchamel sauce on hand I substitute 2 tablespoon of that with the curd and have tangier popcorn. Does not make much of a difference so I wouldn’t bother making it specially for this recipe as curd works just fine.
If you’d like a vegetarian version of this, use 1/4 cup each of shredded carrot, boiled mashed peas and boiled mashed potatoes instead of chicken. Mix with seasoning and 2 tablespoon of curd and make into small nuggets. Proceed as above.
*For thousand island, mix 2 tablespoon of mayonnaise with 2 teaspoon of ketchup and a few drops of vinegar.