Chicken Dinner-Flavored Popcorn Recipe

Photographs: Daniel Gritzer

Inspired by the flavors of a roast chicken dinner—the chicken stuffed with cloves of garlic, lemons, and thyme, and served alongside mushrooms and mashed potatoes—this homemade popcorn is meant to evoke the essence of a familiar, comforting meal.

Recipe Details

Chicken Dinner-Flavored Popcorn Recipe

Active 10 mins
Total 10 mins
Serves 4 to 6 servings
Makes 8 cups


  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

  • 1/4 ounce dried mushrooms, such as cremini

  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated zest from 1 lemon

  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried thyme

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, popped (about 8 cups popped)

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • Kosher salt


  1. In an electric spice grinder or high-power blender, combine nutritional yeast, dried mushrooms, lemon zest, garlic powder, and thyme and blend until a fine powder forms.

  2. Place popped popcorn in a large mixing bowl and drizzle melted butter all over, tossing to coat evenly. Add about 1/4 cup seasoning mixture, tossing to coat evenly; add more, if necessary, until popcorn is well coated (leftover seasoning mixture can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days). Season with salt and serve. Popcorn can be stored at room temperature in a zipper-lock bag overnight.

Special equipment

electric spice grinder or high-power blender

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
145 Calories
12g Fat
8g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 145
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 294mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 87mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)