smoky granola chicken bites
Have you come across Pop Corn Chicken before?
Well, let us introduce you to a much healthier, equally fun and delicious way to enjoy chicken at home or on the go. These smoky chicken bites are delicious warm, served with a side salad or a sweet potato fries and some greens, of course. Perfect for lunch boxes and summer picnics.
1 cup Gluten free oats
Chilli flakes (optional)
1 tablespoon Smoked paprika (adjust to taste)
1/2 cup of pistachio kernels, roughly crushed
OR (for a nut-free version) sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds, roughly crushed
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard (I like to use Maille Dijon Original ),
2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive oil,
500g Mini chicken fillets ( free range & Organic)
Prep Time: 15mins
Cooking time: 30mins
Preheat oven on 190 C
In a large mixing bowl, pour the oats, chilli flakes (if using), crushed pistachios or seeds and mix
Add the mustard and mix some more to a paste consistency
Add the olive oil and stir
Finally, add the mini-chicken fillets, mix well to ensure that every single fillet gets some coverage.
Slide in the oven for about 30mins
The chicken is not meant to be fully coated. The flavours will infuse the meat, and the oat mix will later form a granola like crispy crumble. They will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days
THE HEALTH BOOST TIP
Granola Chicken makes an ideal protein rich finger food for hungry kids between school and sports activities.
Perfect for a lunch box; slide a couple of fillets in a wholemeal Pitta Bread with hummus or mashed avocado.
Grown-ups love them too! Try serving these chicken bites as a tasty nibble with your pre-dinner drinks!
Going organic really matters with your chicken. Not only do you ensure that you are not feasting on a side of antibiotics, but studies have found that the heart-friendly omega-3 content of organic chicken is higher. Chicken also contains a wealth of nutrients from B vitamins to minerals such as selenium, phosphorus, zinc and copper.
Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, which is known for its antioxidant protection.
Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of zinc, which is a hard to obtain mineral that is important for a healthy immune system.