These bacon ranch chicken poppers are a savory and flavorful option for the perfect snack or an easy meal! They’re gluten-free, dairy-free paleo, whole30, and AIP.

bacon ranch chicken poppers on plate with ranch sauce

Bacon Ranch Chicken Poppers

I’ve seen so many folks share how much they love the sweet potato chicken popper, that I wanted to make a variation that’s even more flavorful, savory and delicious… and that’s how these bacon ranch chicken poppers were born! These are made with shredded bacon and an AIP ranch seasoning that’s dairy-free, and are insanely easy to make.

So now, you’ve got veggies, healthy fat, protein, and that amazing ranch flavor all in one little nugget, all while staying paleo, Whole30 and AIP! The ultimate healthy chicken nugget!

The Ingredients for Bacon Ranch Chicken Poppers

  • Ground Chicken: You can buy chicken pre-ground, or simply grind up chicken breast yourself in a food processor. You can also sub ground turkey if you prefer.
  • Shredded Carrots: You can shred them in a food processor or buy them pre-shredded.
  • Bacon
  • Coconut Oil
  • Coconut Flour: This binds the poppers together.
  • Dried Parsley
  • Dried Chives
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried Dill
  • Onion Powder
  • Sea Salt

How to make Bacon Ranch Chicken Poppers

  • Prepare Ingredients: Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment Add the shredded carrots to a food processor along with the bacon and blend on high. You want both the carrots and the bacon to be very finely shredded. Remove the carrots and bacon from the food processor and add to a mixing bowl.
  • Make Poppers: Stir in the raw ground chicken (or turkey), seasoning, coconut oil, and flour and thoroughly combine. Roll the mixture into small poppers and slightly flatten them (you’ll have 25-30 poppers).

bacon ranch poppers on baking sheet

  • Bake & Serve: Bake for 30-35 minutes, flipping them halfway through. Place them under the broiler for 5 minutes to a crisp before serving if desired. Serve warm with compliant ranch dressing and enjoy!

bacon ranch chicken poppers on plate with ranch sauce

How do you eat these bacon ranch chicken poppers?

Like I said with the sweet potato chicken poppers, these bacon ranch poppers don’t just have to be game day food! Here’s just a few of the many ways can use them as…

  • They’re basically healthy chicken nuggets for kiddos & picky eaters
  • They’re great to stash in the freezer for emergency dinners
  • Perfect to bring along for a work lunch
  • Amazing for a creative breakfast
  • Great to serve alongside some compliant ranch and sliced veggies for a party or movie night snack

Can you use turkey instead?

Yes! Ground turkey is a great option to use in these poppers.

Can you leave out the bacon?

You can, no problem.

Can you use pre-shredded carrot?

I find it best to still pulse pre-shredded carrots in the food processor to make them even finer.

Can you use other flours or oils?

You can use avocado oil or olive oil. You can use cassava flour or almond flour, if tolerated.

bacon ranch poppers in bowl with ranch sauce

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Bacon Ranch Chicken Poppers (Paleo, Whole 30, AIP)


  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These bacon ranch chicken poppers are a savory and flavorful option for the perfect snack or an easy meal! They’re gluten-free, dairy-free paleo, whole30, and AIP.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 lb raw ground chicken (or turkey)
  • 2 cups raw shredded carrots
  • 3 slices raw bacon (sugar-free for whole30)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment
  2. Add the shredded carrots to a food processor along with the bacon and blend on high. You want both the carrots and the bacon to be very finely shredded. Remove the carrots and bacon from the food processor and add to a mixing bowl
  3. Stir in the raw ground chicken (or turkey), seasoning, coconut oil, and flour and thoroughly combine
  4. Roll the mixture into small poppers and slightly flatten them (you’ll have 25-30 poppers)
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, flipping them halfway through. Place them under the broiler for 5 minutes to a crisp before serving if desired,
  6. Serve warm with compliant ranch dressing and enjoy!

Notes

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Baked

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 326
  • Fat: 18.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.8g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Protein: 29.6g

 

This post originally appeared on Unbound Wellness in 2017 and was updated and republished in 2021.

Recipe by Michelle, Unbound Wellness. Photos by Eat Love Eats