My goal was to create some great football game food – light and flavorful AND ECONOMICAL – this is the result!

Lots of layers of flavor and the grated ‘vegetable’ breaks up the meat so it’s not too dense. I happened to have half a jar of Mario Batali pasta sauce in the fridge which made the perfect dipping sauce. Half a pound of chicken tenders made ten slider sized poppers! I created this dish for football food, but with a small salad it’s a great weeknight bariatric friendly supper!

  1. Assemble the ingredients. In addition to what you see here, I also used Parmesan cheese from the fridge. This is an economical dish as it uses 8 ounces of chicken tenders that were under $3. NOTE:  IF YOU CANNOT FIND GOURMET GARDEN TUBE HERBS IN YOUR PRODUCT SECTION, JUST USE A TEASPOON OF ANY BRAND OF DRIED ITALIAN SEASONING. 


chicken poppers


2. I hand chopped the chicken tenders so those who do not have a food processor could see how to do this. I prefer chopping my own chicken – it’s less expensive than buying ‘Ground Chicken’ and I know there is not any junk, ‘strange parts’ or fillers in my blend. Cut into slices and chop with a big knife on a cutting board. Leave a little texture… it just takes 90 seconds and look how lean. 

chicken poppers


3. In a bowl the ingredients are: 8 ounces chopped chicken breast or tenders, 1 medium zucchini shredded on your metal box grater and squeezed dry in a paper towel, 2 garlic cloves minced, 2 heaping tablespoons grated Parmesan, 1 1/2 teaspoons Gourmet Garden Italian Herb paste, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 2 tablespoon chopped flat parsley. MIX WITH A FORK.

chicken poppers


chicken poppers


4. Portion by tablespoons into flattened rounds in a non stick skillet with 1 teaspoon olive oil heated to medium high, cook undisturbed for 90 seconds, flip and cook another 90 seconds. They should be golden. Remove to plate.



5. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping. These are REALLY REALLY good. 

Italian Chicken Poppers


Italian Chicken Poppers


Italian Chicken Poppers


24 thoughts on “Italian Chicken Poppers

  1. Tracy says:

    made them they were good just wish it has the nutritional value and to be honest 2 teaspoons of olive oil is no were enough oil to cook them and to book 7 at once, make sure you have the can of spray oil with you.

  2. Marlene says:

    Trying to find the ingredients for the Gourmet Garden Italian Herb since I cant find it in my area. Looked on their website & cant seem to find the ingredients.

  3. Megan says:

    I tried these tonight and I really am shocked at how good they are! It was a little more work than I like to spend on dinner on a week night, but they were so worth it! I doubled the recipe to feed my family (we have 4 kiddos) and ended up with 30 of them, there are only 6 left and if I let my older boys have what they wanted I’m sure there wouldn’t be any more left at all! The best part is how healthy they are! Thanks!

  4. Susan says:

    Can you use vegan cheese in this recipe, I have cut out my dairy because of health issues and would love to be able to convert this recipe using it instead of Parmesan.

  5. Belia Griffith says:

    It looks great I have to try this thank you for sharing, would like to loose like 20 pounds but hopefully the recipies you send would do the trick, thanks!!

  6. Yvonne Aleman says:

    I made these tonight and they were a hit! Prep was a bit time consuming but the taste and compliments I got were worth it!! Will make again and again!!

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