Chicken Poppers Recipe

Chicken poppers are like mini meatballs, but totally finger food appropriate for little hands and their lunch boxes!

These poppers are a fun and friendly way to get some protein into your kids. They go well with just about any dip and pack easily in most types of lunch boxes.

Chicken poppers in a bento-style lunchbox.

Protein is an important component of a school lunch. It fills up little tummies and keeps them that way until they are done with school for the day. But little tummies like little finger foods, so these little poppers are perfect for packing lunch!

A closeup of chicken poppers in a lunchbox.


Poppers are essentially tiny meatballs. They are small enough to be finger food and perfect for dipping. They travel well if properly packed and most kids will enjoy them, especially with something to dip them in. Check out this article I wrote on tips for packing hot or cold lunches safely.

The great thing about making these is that you can easily switch out the spices to create different flavors. So the kids won’t get sick of the same flavor over and over. You could even make an Asian version with garlic, ginger and sesame seeds, and give them some teriyaki sauce for dipping! Yum!


These sauces will go well with these chicken poppers and they are easy to make. Healthy too!

Chicken poppers, along with some cut veggies and fruit fill a bento style lunchbox.


These are no different than making meatballs! Just knead together the meat and the spices and then form tiny little meatballs that will easily fit into a lunchbox once cooked. Just keep in mind these will shrink when cooked. So plan accordingly.

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A closeup of chicken poppers in a lunchbox.

Chicken Poppers Recipe

Perfect little balls of protein that pack easily in a lunchbox.
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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 poppers
Calories: 43kcal


  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning


  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well combined.
  • Form into balls and place on a parchment-lined baking pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through to 165 F. on a meat thermometer.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1popper | Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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