These gluten free, grain free, real food fried chicken poppers are crispy, tender, and golden brown! They will disappear in a matter of seconds so don't forget to breathe!

I like chicken but I LOOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEE fried chicken. Who can blame a girl or really anyone for that matter because's fried chicken!  It has been a long time since I have eaten any sort of resemblence of fried chicken but I wanted to come up with a simple recipe that could make anyone on an elimination diet feel less restrictive! I also strive to make making and eating my food fun. We don't make this often ,but it's FRIED CHICKEN! Coming from a family of fried chicken enthusiasts it is nice to oblige to my hankering for comfort food every now and then! 

 I have to admit....I cannot take full credit for this recipe as It was my husband's love and missing of chick-fil-a nuggets that really sparked his creative juices. He recently started an AIP elimination diet to address some underlying health issues and what can I say.... the man missed munching on nuggets while watching football!

These chicken poppers are definitely a keeper and actually make a  perfect appetizer for parties or to make for yourself on a friday night ! 

They are not the epitome of health but this recipe is healthy-ish-er than your standard fried chicken + it is made with real food ingredients. But, don't forget to eat your vegetables. Vegetables are good too :). 

Fried Chicken Poppers (CEP, AIP, Paleo)

Prep Time  -  Cook Time  -  Total Time

  10 min           20 min          30 min        

Makes 4-6 appertizer servings 


1/2 free range chicken tenders cut into cubes ( I use U.S. Wellness Meats)

1/4 +1 Tbsp. plantain flour OR 1/3 Cup sweet potato starch 

1/2 Cup coconut milk (for CEP or AIP use I use this one)

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Pork lard (We get ours from our local farmers market or U.S. Wellness Meats) or avocado oil for frying


1. Add your frying fat to a medium sized cast iron skillet or whatever you are frying in. The fat needs to be about 1/4 of inch ( we are not deep frying here). Let your fat heat up on medium heat while you are preparing your other ingredients. 

2. Prepare your chicken by cutting the tenders into cubes and setting aside. 

3. Pour your flour into a seperate dish and add the salt and garlic powder. mix together well. 

4. In another seperate dish add your coconut milk 

5. When your oil is ready dip one popper at a time in your coconout milk, then the flour mixture and add to the pan. Be careful not to over crowd you pan.  Cook the poppers on each side allowing them to reach a golden brown color. Times could vary depending on your stove but I would check after about 6-7 minutes.

**If you use the plantain flour they will get darker quicker than sweet potato starch. 

***Also I have not tried baking these but as long as you have a wire rack so the bottoms don't get soggy I would give it the ole college try!

Theories on Adaptations

Arrowroot starch can be used if you tolerate it and are not in the elimination phase of CEP protocol as it is paleo and AIP. 

Tapioca starch can also be used if you tolerate it and are not in the elimination phase of CEP protocol as it is paleo and AIP. 

Cassava flour can be used in place of plantain flour if you tolerate it and are not in the elimination phase of CEP protocol as it is paleo and AIP. 

** I have not personally tested the three flours listed above in this recipe but I am imagining they would work from using them in the past in other recipes (before i realized I was intolerant) but to get the same results as me I reccomend using plantain flour or sweet potato starch! 

Kellie is a wife, mamma, health coach, and recipe developer for MyCrazyJourney. Celiac disease, digestive issues and a plethora of food intolerances led her to AIP in 2014 and the CEP in 2017. She and her family have since adopted a modified version of these templates. Her goal is to inspire others to take their health into their own hands by cooking foods that are creative, fun, and contributive to health and wellness. Kellie's background is in art and education, but she has always had a passion for food and it's powerful healing properties. Many of her creations are inspired by her experiences and designed to be enjoyed by the entire family! You can find Kellie here at MyCrazyJourney writing guest posts and on Instagram.