Crunchy-Baked Garlic “Popcorn” Chicken, a Different Type of Popcorn to Pop

Garlic Popcorn Chicken |

I don’t know about you all, but we’re still making our way through some hot weather here in Southern California—whew-wee! Can we please be done with this?

Where’s the cool fall?

Where are the temperatures that beckon for me to wrap myself in a comfy-cozy blanky, or throw on a jacket or sweater when I go out in the evening?

They seem to be hiding at the present moment, that’s for sure.

Garlic Popcorn Chicken |

Garlic Popcorn Chicken |

So it makes it just a wee-bit less appealing to turn on an oven for the time being (only a wee-bit less, mind you), but you know what? I’m not going to let it stop me. Especially if it’s for a quick 20-or-so minutes, and what comes out of said oven is a healthier, guilt-free twist on some snacky-comfort food that I’m gonna love popping into my mouth!

(Truth is, I’ve never been one to let outdoor temps dictate my cravings, anyway; why start now?)

Garlic Popcorn Chicken |

Garlic Popcorn Chicken |

We love crispy chicken tenders or chicken fingers in our household, as they’re just such a simple little pleasure.

Typically, we like to fry our strips, like we did with this out-of-this-world recipe for Coconut-Crunch Chicken Strips with Honey-Mango Dipping Sauce, or these Crispy Chicken Stix with 3 Dipping Sauces.

But this time, I wanted some “poppers” that I didn’t have to heat oil for, and so this recipe for Crispy-Baked Garlic “Popcorn” Chicken with Parmesan-Ranch Dipping sauce seemed like just the ticket!

Garlic Popcorn Chicken |

Garlic Popcorn Chicken |

A savory and flavorful outer crispy crust surrounding juicy and garlic-marinated bite-sized pieces of chicken is what I was after, along with a creamy and zippy sauce to plunge them into—ideal for big and little fingers, alike.

And since they’re not fried, doesn’t that automatically mean we can eat more?!

(Well, doesn’t it?)

Garlic Popcorn Chicken |

Hey, hot weather: you’ve never stopped me from flippin’ on my oven before, and you’re certainly not gonna stop me now.

Looks like it’s time for me to pop up some “popcorn” chicken, in that case!

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


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