Gluten-Free Oven Fried Cajun Popcorn Chicken with Creamy Feta Sauce

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Healthier finger food with this Gluten-Free Oven Fried Cajun Popcorn and Creamy Feta Sauce for Super Bowl! Think crispy cajun breaded popcorn without frying, dipped in a creamy, pleasingly salty and garlicky feta sauce. Oh my, so addicting, perfect for this weekend. This is one of those healthier gluten-free snacks for the big game day 🙂 To keep the big day fun I wanted to make sure this popcorn chicken recipe is super easy to throw together

Best Gluten-Free Southern Fried Chicken Coating with Cajun Spices!

To begin, mix the chicken with some buttermilk, a little salt and freshly minced garlic. Now, for the most flavourful coating. Add gluten-free cornflakes to a food processor and pulse until they become a texture of fine bread crumbs. The cornflake bread crumbs give the chicken that crispy southern fried chicken feeling. Then add the seasoning, the flavourful cajun seasoning is the key! For the coating to melt and stick to the chicken, I added some cheddar cheese. Once you roll the chicken pieces in the coating, then bake, very simple. I also wanted to mention this is an egg-free crispy chicken recipe. Now for the creamy feta sauce, after all, you can’t have popcorn chicken without a delicious creamy dipping sauce. I wanted to keep the sauce flavour simple because the popcorn chicken is already spiced up. In this sauce recipe, I used only four simple ingredients. The creamy feta sauce compliments the popcorn chicken perfectly because it balances the heat from the spices on the chicken. If you are not a fan of Super Bowl, enjoy this cajun popcorn chicken for an easy weeknight meal or anytime snack. You will find that this cajun popcorn chicken with creamy feta sauce will become a favourite for any day of the week. Need more finger food recipes? Check out these gluten-free chicken wing recipes

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups gluten-free corn flakes, finely crushed (I used a food processor)
  • 2 Tbsp. All purpose gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 tsp. GF smoked or sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp. GF chili powder
  • 1 tsp. GF garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. GF dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. GF ground black pepper
  • Pinch of GF cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Himalayan fine salt, divided
  • Cooking spray (I used extra virgin olive oil)
  • Optional topping; thinly sliced green onions
  • CREAMY FETA DIP
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Note; to simplify the recipe you can buy gluten-free cajun seasoning mix
  • Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 F Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking oil
  • In medium bowl mix chicken, buttermilk, minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Add corn flakes, flour, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, black pepper, cayenne pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a bowl and mix well. Stir in cheddar cheese
  • Dredge each piece of chicken in the crumbs pressing lightly for the crumbs to adhere. Place coated chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet without touching and lightly spray with cooking oil
  • Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked
  • For the creamy feta sauce; Whisk ingredients together until well blended. I did not add salt because feta cheese is already salty but feel free to add some if needed
  • Serve the chicken hot, scattered with green onions and creamy feta sauce


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