Keto Popcorn Chicken Salad – Plus Keto Book Review

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Crunchy, spicy, keto popcorn chicken pieces served in a tasty green salad with chipotle mayonnaise and shaker sprinkles. This recipe is the bomb and it comes together in no time!

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If you’ve ever tried to follow any type of diet you will probably know that success quite often depends on the quality of the recipes and meal plan you follow. A successful diet needs to include quick, tasty recipes which everyone is happy to eat.

Today I am reviewing the Lunchtime Keto Handbook by Megan Ellam. This is Megan lastest of 19 cookbooks. I’ve also taken one of her recipes for a “road test”. Megan has graciously allowed me to share the recipe for her Crunchy Baked Popcorn chicken Salad with readers. You will find the complete recipe for Keto Popcorn Chicken Salad at the end of the post.

But first let’s go back to basics.

What is Keto or The Ketogenic Diet?

The ketogenic diet is a very low-carbohydrate diet which focuses on including a high level of healthy fats and protein as the main macronutrients. By drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with healthy fats, the body enters a metabolic state called ketosis in which it burns stored fat resulting in weight loss.

Keto is a completely new concept to me! So I could better understand the benefits and difficulties of the diet I thought I would ask Megan a few questions in the form of an interview. We talked about the Keto Diet, staying Keto and I check out her other books and favourite recipes.

Profile Pic for Megan Ellam

Looking through Megan’s “Lunchtime Keto Handbook” I found her recipes are as low as 3g per serving! Even though I cook healthy meals from scratch, my meals are never that low in carbs. Creating delicious recipes for a Keto diet is a real talent! Some of the staple ingredients we take for granted such as flour, sugar, rice and potato are not available on this eating plan. Finding substitute ingredients that not only work in a recipe but lift the dish to a whole other level of flavour and nutrition is Megan’s gift.

I would never have imaged you could make the following recipes ketogenic. PLUS, they’re also nut-free!

Keto Lunchtime Cookbook

Keto lunchtime includes 48 recipes. Some of my favourite dishes from Megan’s latest cookbook include;

  • Aussie Beef Pie
  • Keto Cheese & Bacon Scrolls
  • Newie Cheese Steak Wrap
  • Taco Roll Up
  • Beef & Feta Gozleme
  • Crunchy Baked Popcorn Chicken Salad
  • Nut-free Sandwich Loaf
  • Raspberry & White Chocolate Muesli Bar

If you’re interested in testing the “Keto Waters”  I highly recommend the “Lunchtime Keto Handbook”. Our recipe today Keto Popcorn Chicken Salad has been taken from this book.

Lunchtime Keto Handbook

The recipes in Megan’s latest book are delicious and suitable for the whole family. I have made the dishes for lunch and dinner and they were enjoyed by everyone. Hubby particularly enjoyed the Spicy Keto Popcorn Chicken Salad so this is the recipe I am sharing today.

Step by Step Spicy Keto Popcorn Chicken Salad

A simple spicy marinade is made for the diced chicken. In the meantime, a zesty pepita seed crumb is prepared to coat the chicken pieces.

First 2 steps for making the Popcorn chicken in pictures

Once the chicken has marinated it gets crumbled and baked in the oven. Combine the ingredients for the “shaker salt” and make the salad.

Serve the Keto Popcorn Chicken Salad with chipotle mayonnaise.

Step 3 and 4 Making Keto Popcorn Chicken

Square image of Spicy Popcorn Chicken from Keto Lunchtime Cookbook by Megan Ellam

Overhead shot Keto Popcorn Chicken salad with sprinkles on white background

Keto Popcorn Chicken Salad

Megan Ellam
Keto Popcorn Chicken Salad recipe - Crunchy, spiced homemade chicken nuggets, served in a tasty green salad with chipotle mayonnaise & shaker sprinkles.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
marinating 1 hr
Total Time 35 mins
Course Lunch, Main
Cuisine Australian
Servings 4 Serves
Calories 388 kcal


Chicken Marinade

  • 400 g chicken thigh fillets diced
  • 5 g garlic finely diced
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder


  • 3/4 cup pepita seeds (Green Pumpkin Seeds)
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp salt flakes
  • 1/2 lemon zest
  • 1/2 lime zest

Shaker Spice Mix

  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt flakes


  • 1/4 cup savoy cabbage finely shredded
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves
  • 1/2 avocado sliced
  • 8 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 TBS Chipotle Mayonnaise recipe in Keto Lunchtime Handbook


  • Combine the chicken and all marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Leave to marinate for one hour.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 200-degree Celsius. Line a baking tray with paper.
  • Add the pepita seeds to TM bowl 6 sec/Speed 9
  • Place the zest, pepper and salt in TM bowl. Combine 5 sec/ Speed 5.
  • Place the breading crumb in a large bowl. Toss and coat chicken in the breading.
  • Transfer the chicken to the prepared tray. Bake 20-25 minutes until crispy.
  • Meanwhile, combine shaker ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Combine the salad ingredients in a bowl.
  • Serve the cooked chicken over the salad. Sprinkle shaker salt over the chicken and top with chipotle mayonnaise.


If you can't find pepita meal (pumpkin seed flour) simply purchase pumpkin seeds and use a high powder food processor or Thermomix to mill the seed yourself.


Calories: 388kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 20gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 1265mgPotassium: 498mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 690IUVitamin C: 17.2mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 2.1mg
Keyword Chicken, healthy, Keto, Low-carb, salad
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I’d love to hear your thought on the recipe and the Keto lifestyle! Do you follow the Keto diet, have you had success? What are your best tips for maintaining a keto lifestyle?

If you’re looking for another Keto recipe you could also try my Keto Pesto Chicken. As always please feel free to leave a comment below, and if you make the Keto popcorn chicken salad please don’t forget to leave a rating below.

Happy Cooking


1 thought on “Keto Popcorn Chicken Salad – Plus Keto Book Review”

  1. Adele Wilter says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe! My husband couldn’t stop eating the popcorn!!

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