Skinny Crispy Chicken Zucchini Poppers Recipe: 20 Minutes, 5 Ingredients by Sarah Amona

Skinny Crispy Chicken Zucchini Poppers Recipe: 20 Minutes, 5 Ingredients

When someone says they want poppers, most of us think of those cream cheese-stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon. Get that thought out of your head! Instead, think of these healthier chicken and zucchini poppers. They are crispy and irresistible! 

The easy poppers are made with ground chicken, grated zucchini, green onions, fresh chopped cilantro and garlic. That's it. No cheese or bacon. The mixture is rolled into balls and then pan-fried in a little olive oil until golden and crispy. Delicious!

Serve these crispy chicken zucchini poppers plain or with your favorite healthy dipping sauce. You could serve these ground chicken poppers as a snackappetizer or for lunch or dinner with a vegetable and salad. This skinny recipe could easily be doubled or tripled for get-togethers.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: Makes 8 to 10 poppers


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (do not peel zucchini)
  •  2 - 3 green onions, sliced
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons fresh minced cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

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Recipe Notes

  • Drain the poppers on paper towels to absorb any extra grease.
  • I like to use a small ice-cream scoop to portion my poppers.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Mix ground chicken and remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Grease a frying pan with a little olive oil. Spoon out eight to 10 nugget-sized pieces onto the oiled skillet. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes on each side.

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