Paleo Popcorn Chicken with Honey Mustard

Crispy, tender, juicy morsels of Paleo Popcorn Chicken, served alongside a quick-and-easy Honey Mustard sauce. How good does that sound on a Tuesday night? Try serving it with some Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges and a side salad of choice.

Thanks to the arrowroot starch and cassava flour, this Paleo Popcorn Chicken is both grain-free and gluten-free. Though the ingredients for the chicken are Whole30-compliant, this would definitely be considered SWYPO and off-limits during your round. The Honey Mustard also has a bit of honey in it (obviously), which is off-limits as well.

Paleo Popcorn Chicken Honey Mustard Primal Gourmet Easy RecipePaleo Popcorn Chicken Honey Mustard Primal Gourmet Easy Recipe

Nevertheless, the Popcorn Chicken and Honey Mustard are both Paleo-friendly and great for life after Whole30. I also have a feeling they’ll be kid-approved!

Feel free to substitute chicken breast if that’s what you have on hand. I had thighs so that’s what I used. I also tend to prefer dark meat if given the choice and I was not disappointed here. The chicken turned out super juicy and delicious.

Paleo Popcorn Chicken Honey Mustard Primal Gourmet Easy Recipe

Here are a couple of tips that will help ensure the crispiest Paleo Popcorn Chicken:

Be sure to only dredge the chicken immediately before frying. Alternative flours like arrowroot starch and cassava flour tend to get gummy after they come into contact with moisture. Working in batches will help prevent the breading from turning soggy.

Use a 10-inch non-stick skillet. Sure, cast-iron retains and distributes heat better than non-stick, but it also absorbs some of the oil, resulting in some waste. As for the size of the pan, using a smaller skillet will force the oil to rise up along the sides of whatever you’re cooking, which means you can get away with using less oil altogether.

Work in batches. Overcrowding the pan with chicken will cause the temperature of the oil to drop, which will result in a soggy and greasy finished product.

Paleo Popcorn Chicken Honey Mustard Primal Gourmet Easy Recipe

Paleo Popcorn Chicken Honey Mustard Primal Gourmet Easy Recipe

Paleo Popcorn Chicken with Honey Mustard

Crispy, tender, juicy morsels of Popcorn Chicken, served alongside a quick-and-easy Honey Mustard sauce. How good does that sound for a weeknight dinner!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

For the Honey Mustard

  • ¼ cup Whole30 or Paleo compliant mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

For the Popcorn Chicken

  • ½ cup arrowroot starch
  • ½ cup cassava flour
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1.5 lbs chicken thighs cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • ½ lemon cut into wedges, for serving

Instructions
 

For the Honey Mustard:

  • In a bowl, combine the mayo, Dijon, grainy mustard, honey

For the Popcorn Chicken

  • Place the arrowroot starch, cassava flour and eggs into three separate mixing bowls. Season the cassava flour with the paprika, onion powder, and a ¼ teaspoon each of salt and pepper and stir through to incorporate. Add 2 tablespoons of water to the eggs and whisk vigorously until frothy.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the arrowroot starch, then dip into the egg wash, and finally dredge in the seasoned cassava flour.
  • Heat a 10-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the avocado oil and heat for 1 to 2 minutes, or until it reaches 350F. Shake off any excess breading from the chicken and carefully add it to the hot oil. Cook the chicken until it’s golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook an additional 3 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer the popcorn chicken to a plate lined with paper towel to soak up excess oil.
  • Serve immediately with lemon wedges and honey mustard.
Keyword paleo, paleo popcorn chicken, popcorn chicken

22 replies on “Paleo Popcorn Chicken with Honey Mustard”

This recipe looks awesome! I think my whole family would really like it. Do you think it would work well in the air fryer?

can you share how you cooked these in the air fryer? I tried last night at 400*, 6 minutes per side and the breading stuck to the bottom of my air fryer, even with non-stick spray on the bottom.

5 stars
Made these tonight and they were a hit!! My husband and her 2y/o devoured them! Definitely going to be on the regular dinner rotation.

5 stars
My boyfriend and I made this tonight for dinner. It was soooo good! I used to love Chick Fil a nuggets before I went paleo, and these are totally better! The honey mustard was delicious too!

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