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Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken (Paleo, Whole30) – Oven Method Included!

Easy and extra crunchy air fryer keto popcorn chicken that’s perfect for a snack or a meal! It also happens to be Whole30-friendly and you can make it in the oven if you don’t have an air fryer!

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken

I’ve been in love with my air fryer recently. I use it almost everyday to reheat leftovers, cook veggies, and crisp up meat pieces. I’m just so obsessed with how delicious and crispy the results are at a fraction of the time of the oven or the stovetop!

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken Recipe

My latest delicious creation in the air fryer is this ultra crispy and flavorful keto popcorn chicken. This is so crunchy and delicious, covered in spices like paprika, garlic, and onion powder. It’s a great snack or meal for both kids and adults!

Best of all, this recipe is Whole30 friendly and paleo as well, and it’s a healthy alternative to a childhood favorite dish!

No Air Fryer?

If you don’t have an air fryer, no worries! You can make these in the oven. They won’t turn out as crispy as an air fryer would make them, but they’ll still be flavorful and yummy. I included both directions under the instructions for the recipe.

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken
Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken

Pork Panko for Keto Popcorn Chicken

What makes this recipe keto and low carb is the use of pork panko instead of breadcrumbs or other types of flour. I only recently discovered pork panko, and it’s my new favorite thing. It’s just so perfect to use as breading for fried crispy recipes like this air fryer keto popcorn.

Pork panko is just ground up pork rinds and that’s the only ingredient. No salt or extra oil added! So it’s a delicious high protein, low carb way to add a crunchy texture to a recipe.

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken

Best Sauce for Dipping

You can of course enjoy this air fryer keto popcorn chicken with any sauce you prefer, like ranch, ketchup, tartar sauce, or teriyaki sauce. However, my absolute favorite is with my Whole30 “Honey” Mustard! There’s something so delicious about that tart and slightly sweet flavor with the popcorn chicken.

How to Reheat Leftovers

The best way to eat these keto popcorn chicken is to eat it as soon as it’s cooked for that crispy outer layer with the juicy chicken meat inside. You definitely can reheat them, but the texture won’t be the same because the chicken breast meat will dry out a bit the 2nd time around.

However, I have eaten the leftovers and here’s my favorite way to reheat them so they taste ALMOST as good as the first time around:

  • Keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • When ready to reheat, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for about 5 minutes.
  • Place keto popcorn chicken in the air fryer basket in a SINGLE LAYER (work in batches if you need to) for 4-5 minutes until they are crispy again.
  • Enjoy!

I wouldn’t reheat them more than once, because the chicken will dry out too much.

This keto popcorn chicken is my new favorite air fryer recipe, so let me know how they turn out for you in the comments!

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Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken (Paleo, Whole30) – Oven Method Included!

Easy and extra crunchy air fryer keto popcorn chicken that’s perfect for a snack or a meal! It also happens to be Whole30-friendly and you can make it in the oven if you don’t have an air fryer!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 263kcal

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups pork panko
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine coconut flour, sea salt, and ground black pepper.
  • In another bowl, crack the eggs and whisk them together.
  • In the 3rd bowl, mix together pork panko, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika.
  • Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle the coconut flour mixture over the chicken and toss together gently until all of the chicken is covered evenly.
  • Working in batches, dredge the chicken pieces in the egg wash. 
  • Shake off the excess and press into the pork panko mixture. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the rest of the chicken.

Air Fryer Method

  • Lightly grease the air fryer basket, then preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken into the air fryer basket in an even layer. If you have a small air fryer, you may need to split it up into 2 batches. 
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes in the air fryer, shaking halfway through.
  • If you’d like, enjoy dipped in Whole30 “honey” mustard!

Oven Method

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with a wire rack.
  • Place the chicken pieces on the wire rack without touching each other.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until crispy and golden.
  • If you’d like, enjoy dipped in Whole30 “honey” mustard!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 198mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 7.6% | Vitamin C: 1.7% | Calcium: 2.2% | Iron: 6.3%
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Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas (Paleo, Whole30)

These Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas (Fajitas de Pollo) from the cookbook, Amazing Mexican Favorites with Your Instant Pot, are tender, flavorful, and taste better than restaurant fajitas. They are also easy to make, and paleo and Whole30-friendly!

instant pot chicken fajitas

If you are a Mexican food lover like me (who isn’t???), you are going to love this recipe and blog post! My blogger friend, Emily of Recipes to Nourish, just wrote a fantastic cookbook with her chef husband, Rudy, called Amazing Mexican Favorites with Your Instant Pot, and I couldn’t be more excited!

Not only am I a huge fan of Mexican food, you already know that the Instant Pot is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets that cuts down on cooking time and makes my life so easy. So with the combination of these two things in one cookbook, it’s like the book was written for me!

Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas

One of the recipes I decided to share from the cookbook is the Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas or Fajitas de Pollo. A major reason I picked the fajitas is because it’s probably what I order at a restaurant 90% of the time because I love it so much and it’s usually paleo-friendly.

Chicken, bell peppers, and onions are simmered together in delicious Mexican spices, and the flavor combo is just out-of-this world delicious! Also, I usually don’t love to cook with chicken breasts because they tend to be on the drier side than thighs, but cooked in the Instant Pot, the meat turned out so dang tender. My husband and I couldn’t stop talking about how good this was!

Amazing Mexican Favorites with Your Instant Pot Cookbook

The Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas turned out so incredibly flavorful that I’m thrilled to try out more recipes in Emily’s newest cookbook. Her husband, who co-authored the book, is from a Mexican heritage so all the dishes are authentic while being easy and practical.

Most importantly, all the 80 recipes in the cookbook are gluten free and soy free, made with real food without any processed ingredients! Most recipes can be made grain-free and many can be made Paleo-friendly. Specifically, there are over 30 recipes that are strictly Paleo and over 50 recipes are strictly dairy-free.

Some of dishes that I can’t WAIT to try…

  • Pork Tamales
  • Fish Tacos
  • Meatball Soup
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate
  • Chile Dip
  • Churros Cake
  • Spanish Frittata
  • Coconut Bread Pudding
  • Traditional Tortilla Soup

…and so much more!

instant pot chicken fajitas

Go Grab a Copy!

Amazing Mexican Favorites with Your Instant Pot came out on January 15, 2019, which means you can go grab a copy today! I highly recommend it for those of you who want to create delicious and authentic Mexican dishes at home easily using your Instant Pot.

If you are new to the Instant Pot, this cookbook is a great place to start because the directions are easy to follow and you’ll be able to learn how to create a variety of dishes with this one book.

Hope you enjoy these Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas and make sure to order a copy of the cookbook!

Check out Amazing Mexican Favorites with Your Instant Pot!

Reprinted with permission from Amazing Mexican Favorites with Your Instant Pot by Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri and Rudy Vidaurri, Page Street Publishing Co. 2019. Photo credit: Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri.

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Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas (Paleo, Whole30)

These Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas (Fajitas de Pollo) from the cookbook, Amazing Mexican Favorites with Your Instant Pot, are tender, flavorful, and taste better than restaurant fajitas. They are also easy to make, and paleo and Whole30-friendly!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Pressure Building & Releasing Time 20 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 348kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp ghee or ghee or avocado oil
  • lb chicken breast thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 red onion peeled and sliced
  • 5 fresh garlic cloves minced
  • 1 small red bell pepper stemmed, seeded and sliced
  • 1 small green or yellow bell pepper stemmed, seeded and sliced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers stemmed, seeded and sliced
  • 1 russet potato peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 small tomato seeded and diced
  • tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice

Optional Toppings and Fixings

  • Grated cheese Omit for Paleo or Whole30
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream Omit for Paleo or Whole30
  • Salsa or hot sauce
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • Freshly chopped cilantro
  • Warmed tortillas gluten-free corn, grain-free, etc. (Omit for Whole30)

Instructions

  • Add the healthy fat of your choice to the Instant Pot and press “Sauté.” When the fat has melted, add the chicken and brown for 3 minutes on each side. Remove the browned chicken to a plate and set aside. Add the broth to deglaze the Instant Pot.
  • Press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button. Add the cilantro, onion, garlic, bell peppers, jalapeños, potato, tomato, salt, cumin, chili powder, oregano, black pepper, lime juice and chicken, then stir to coat the chicken. 
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot, making sure the steam-release valve is sealed. Press the “Manual” button and set for 5 minutes. 
  • When the Instant Pot is done and beeps, press “Keep Warm/Cancel.” Allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes. Using an oven mitt, open the steam valve. If there is any steam left over, allow it to release until the silver dial drops, then carefully open the lid. 
  • Serve immediately with your favorite fajita toppings and fixings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 1197mg | Potassium: 1138mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 31.3% | Vitamin C: 106% | Calcium: 3.6% | Iron: 11.1%

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Kimchi Braised Keto & Whole30 Pork Ribs (Dweji Galbi Kimchi Jjim) – Stove Top & Instant Pot Method!

These Kimchi Braised Keto & Whole30 Pork Ribs from the cookbook, Korean Paleo, are so delicious and addicting, you’ll want to make it over and over again. The spicy kimchi is magical with the fatty pork!

kimchi braised whole30 pork ribs

Kimchi fans, you are going to love this one! With my January Whole30 challenge going strong, I decided to share my favorite compliant recipe from my recently released cookbook, Korean Paleo.

Kimchi Braised Keto & Whole30 Pork Ribs Recipe

These Kimchi Braised Keto and Whole30 Pork Ribs, or Dweji Galbi Kimchi Jjim in Korean, have always been one of my favorite dishes that my mom would make. Because it’s so easy and simple to make compared to other Korean dishes, she made these Whole30 pork ribs when she was busy or feeling lazy, but those kind of recipes always turned out to be the tastiest meals for me and my brother.

kimchi braised whole30 pork ribs

Can Be Made on the Stove Top or the Instant Pot

The easiest way to make these Kimchi Braised Keto and Whole30 Pork Ribs is to use the Instant Pot. You literally throw everything in the pot and you let it do all the work for you during its 30 minute cook time.

However, if you don’t own the Instant Pot, you can just use the stovetop to cook these! There are just a few more steps involved, but it’s still a simple recipe that’s 100% worth it in the end. For me, there’s nothing better than spicy and tangy kimchi combined with meaty and fatty pork so this is a MUST-TRY if you are on the fence about making these Whole30 pork ribs.

kimchi braised whole30 pork ribs

Other Whole30-Friendly Recipes from Korean Paleo

If you are looking to cook from Korean Paleo while doing the Whole30 challenge, you totally can! Here are all the compliant recipes, along with ones that are easily adaptable:

Cooking with Bap (Rice Dishes) chapter:

  • Kimchi Bokkeumbap (Kimchi Fried Rice) (page 12) – without Gochujang
  • Korean Curry Rice (page 19) – omit coconut sugar
  • Kongnamul Bap (page 20) – omit honey in Mixing Sauce
  • Omurice (Omelet Fired Rice) (page 23) – omit maple syrup in ketchup and use sugar free ham

BBQs and So Much More (Protein Dishes) chapter:

  • Bulgogi (BBQ Beef) (page 28)
  • LA Galbi (BBQ Short Ribs (page 31) – omit maple syrup in marinade
  • Doenjang Gui (Doenjang Marinated Meat) (page 35) – omit honey in marinade
  • Dweji Galbi Kimchi JJim (Kimchi Braised Pork Ribs) (page 36)
  • Galbijjim (Braised Beef Short Ribs) (page 40)
  • Bossam (Pork Belly Wraps) (page 47) – omit honey
  • Tangsuyuk (Sweet and Sour Fried Pork (page 48) – replace honey with more coconut aminos
  • Kkanpung Saewoo (Sweet and Spicy Shrimp) (page 52) – omit honey
  • Nakji Bokkeum (Spicy Stir-Fried Octopus) (page 55) – omit honey
kimchi braised whole30 pork ribs

Piping Hot Soups and Stews

  • Doenjang Jjigae (Miso Paste Stew) (page 59)
  • Samgye-Tang (Ginseng Chicken Stew) (page 64)
  • Miyeok Guk (Seaweed Soup) (page 67)
  • Hobakjuk (Pumpkin Porridge) (page 71) – omit coconut sugar
  • Yukgaejang (Korean Spicy Beef Stew) (page 72)
  • Kongnamul Guk (Bean Sprout Soup) (page 75)

Not-Your-Typical Pancakes

  • Hobakjeon (Zucchini Pancakes) (page 93)
  • Kimchi Buchimgae (Kimchi Pancakes) (page 94) – use kimchi without sugar
  • Buchujeon (Garlic Chive Pancakes) (page 97)
  • Gamjajeon (Potato Pancakes) (page 98)
  • Haemul Pajeon (Seafood Pancakes) (page 101)

More Banchan Please? (Side Dishes)

  • Kkakdugi (Radish Kimchi) (page 105)
  • Sigeumchi Namul (Spinach Salad) (page 106)
  • Dongchimi (Radish Water Kimchi) (page 113)
  • Gaji Namul (Steamed Eggplant Salad) (page 114)
  • Gyeranmari (Rolled Omelet) (page 117)
  • Jangjorim (“Soy” Braised Beef and Eggs) (page 118) – omit honey
  • Gyeran Jjim (Steamed Egg Pot) (page 121)
  • Miyeok Muchim (Seaweed Salad) (page 122) – omit honey
  • Sukju Namul (Mung Bean Sprout Salad (page 126)
  • Gim Gui (Roasted Seaweed) (page 128)
  • Oi Sobagi (Stuffed Cucumber Kimchi) (page 133) – omit coconut sugar

Korean Kitchen Must-Haves

  • Mak Kimchi (Quick Kimchi) (page 173) – omit coconut sugar
  • Paleo Doenjang (Korean Miso Paste) (page 177)
  • Cauliflower Sticky Rice (page 182)
  • Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce (page 184) – omit honey

As you can see, there are almost 40 recipes in the cookbook that you can cook from even if you are doing the Whole30 challenge! Not only are these recipes compliant, they are so bold and delicious in flavor and it’ll add such a variety to your dishes during your Whole30.

And if you have any questions about the special ingredients you need to cook from the book, make sure to check out this post on the essential ingredients you need for Korean Paleo cooking and where you can find them!

Grab Your Copy of Korean Paleo!

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Kimchi Braised Keto & Whole30 Pork Ribs (Dweji Galbi Kimchi Jjim) – Stove Top & Instant Pot Method!

These Kimchi Braised Keto & Whole30 Pork Ribs from the cookbook, Korean Paleo, are so delicious and addicting you’ll want to make it over and over again. The spicy kimchi is magical with the fatty pork!
Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Pressure Building Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 602kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs pork ribs
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 4 cup kimchi well-fermented and sour, including the juice (sugar free for Whole30)
  • Water for stop top method
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • Optional: Cauliflower Sticky Rice, for serving (page 182 of Korean Paleo)

Instructions

Stovetop Method

  • Fill a heavy-bottomed pot or a Dutch oven two-thirds full of water. Heat over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Add the pork ribs. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes. Drain the ribs and set aside. Discard the water.
  • Add the onion slices to the bottom of the same pot. Place the pork ribs on top of the onion slices. Then add the kimchi on top of the pork. Add enough water to cover the onion and the pork, but not the kimchi. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Check every 10 minutes, and add more water if needed.
  • Once the pork is tender, remove it from the heat. Transfer it to a large serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped green onion. Serve with Cauliflower Sticky Rice.

Instant Pot Method

  • Add the onion slices to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place the pork ribs on top of the onion slices. Then, add the kimchi on top of the pork. You don’t need to add any liquid as the pork and kimchi will create its own while cooking. If it doesn’t come to pressure, add more kimchi juice, just enough to cover the bottom of the pot.
  • Close the lid, then make sure the pressure valve is sealed. Cook on high on manual pressure for 30 minutes. Once it beeps, release the pressure manually.
  • Open the lid, transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped green onion. Serve with Cauliflower Sticky Rice

Notes

TIP for non-Whole30ers: If the kimchi you use is overly fermented, it might yield a dish that’s a bit too sour for your taste. If this happens, you can stir in a little bit of coconut sugar to the final product to off set the sourness. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 602kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 565mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 0.8% | Vitamin C: 4.2% | Calcium: 4% | Iron: 11.1%

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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.