This post was updated on November 17th, 2021
One thing I get asked about a lot during my free 30-Day PCOS Challenge is how to handle those busy days when you don’t have time to cook.
Weekend meal prep is key for me when I know I have a full week coming up, and these chicken poppers are darn good as a grab’n’go meal if you can make them ahead of time. While you can keep the mixture in the fridge for a day or two, since they freeze really well raw, making a big batch and putting some aside can save you time in the long run.
While I usually reach for these at lunch time, these really can be enjoyed any time of day!
Here’s what you’ll need to make these PCOS-friendly Spinach Chicken Poppers:
- Ground (minced) chicken
- Bacon (free from sugar, nitrates, and nitrites)
- Sweet potato/yam
- Baby spinach
- Coconut flour
- Coconut oil
- Ground sage
- Dried rosemary
While they have less non-starchy vegetables than you’d find in an “ideal” PCOS recipe, the good serving of chicken makes these poppers an excellent choice for busy weekdays. Having a decent quantity of animal protein at lunch time really sets you up for success for the afternoon. Because animal protein (and the fat it contains) stimulates your natural fullness hormones, you’re much less likely to crave unhealthy snacks when that 3pm slump hits.
Whether you’re all-in on a PCOS diet already, or you’ve been easing yourself in with some Whole30 or Paleo recipes, these chicken poppers are bound to become a regular in your freezer.
P.S. If you are struggling to make the switch to a PCOS diet, I run a free 30-Day PCOS Diet Challenge every quarter which is the perfect way to really kickstart your health transformation. This live event includes weekly meal plans, recipes, shopping lists, and video lessons, all within a supportive community environment. However, if this recipe has inspired you and you want to get started right away, then I recommend downloading my free 3-Day PCOS Diet Meal Plan as well. It’s a 15-page PDF ebook that contains some of my most popular PCOS recipes, a shopping list ready to go, and some additional information about how to use food to heal your PCOS.
If you’ve been struggling to find easy PCOS lunch recipes, give this one a go!
While they have less non-starchy vegetables than you’d find in an “ideal” PCOS recipe, the good serving of chicken makes these poppers an excellent choice for busy weekdays.
- 1 lb Ground (minced) chicken
- 3 oz Bacon (finely diced)
- 2 tbsp Coconut flour
- 2 tbsp Coconut oil
- 1 tsp Ground sage
- 1 tsp Dried rosemary
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 10 oz Sweet potato/yam (shredded)
- 1 cup Baby spinach (finely chopped)
- 1 Apple (finely diced)
- Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a tray with parchment (baking) paper.
- Add the sweet potato to a large mixing bowl with the chicken, spinach, apple and bacon. Mix thoroughly.
- Add coconut flour, coconut oil, ground sage, rosemary and at least a ¼ tsp of salt (or more). Stir to combine.
- Roll the mixture into small balls about 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter and place them on the baking tray.
- Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Crisp them up under the broiler for a minute or two at the end if need be.
- Serve hot or allow to cool before refrigerating.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 540mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 6gSugar: 10gProtein: 10g
Please note that the nutrition information above isn’t always 100% accurate.
Since 2010, Kym Campbell has used evidence-based diet and lifestyle interventions to manage her PCOS. After getting her symptoms under control and falling pregnant naturally, Kym now advocates for dietary change as part of any PCOS treatment plan. Combining rigorous science and clinical advice with a pragmatic approach to habit change, Kym is on a mission to show other women how to take back control of their health and fertility. Read more about Kym and her team here.