Ranch-Chive Popcorn

All the herby dill and garlic flavors of a Ranch dressing, just in popcorn form are in this Simple Cooking with Heart recipe. Stovetop popcorn only takes a few minutes and yet is both healthier and cheaper than microwave popcorn.

Nutrition Facts

Ranch-Chive Popcorn


184 Per Serving


3g Per Serving


4g Per Serving

Cost Per ServingCost Per Serving

Calories 184
Total Fat 10.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.9 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 100 mg
Total Carbohydrate 20 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 3 g

Dietary Exchanges
1 1/2 starch, 2 fat


Servings  6  

  • 4 Tbsp. canola oil (divided) OR
  • 4 Tbsp safflower oil (divided)
  • 3/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. dried chives
  • 1 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


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  1. In a heavy-duty large pot, warm 1 tablespoon canola oil and a few popcorn kernels over high heat. Wait a couple minutes until these kernels have popped—this shows the oil is at the perfect popcorn-popping temperature.
  2. As quickly as possible, add in remaining popcorn kernels and cover with a lid. Reduce the heat to medium-high. Using potholders and shaking the pot constantly as the kernels pop, cook until the popping slows down, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the pot from heat but keep the lid on; some remaining kernels may continue to pop.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together oil and seasonings to combine.
  4. Carefully transfer the hot popcorn into a large bowl. Drizzle with the herbed oil, tossing as you add the oil so all the popcorn is coated. Serve.

Cooking Tip: The common 3-ounce microwave popcorn will yield a little more than the 10 cups of popcorn in this recipe. Continue to follow the directions for the Ranch-Chive oil and drizzle over the microwave popcorn.

Keep it Healthy: Oils like canola, safflower, or olive oil are a heart-healthier alternative to drizzle over popcorn in place of butter.

Tip: If going the microwave popcorn route, make sure to choose the 94 percent fat-free variety. Also, compare the sodium content, aiming for bags with 30 to 40 milligrams of sodium per serving.

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