Popcorn Chicken
Popcorn Chicken
5 from 1 vote
Sink your teeth into the succulent, spicy world of the chicken popcorn recipe. A tantalizing journey awaits, filled with crispy bites and unforgettable flavours. Stay tuned and master the art of creating this delightful treat in your kitchen.
Popcorn Chicken

Popcorn chicken is a delightful snack or meal option that is loved by both kids and adults alike. Originating from the southern regions of the United States, this crispy and flavorful dish is a perfect blend of juicy chicken pieces coated in a crunchy outer layer.

Despite its name, popcorn chicken doesn’t actually contain popcorn, but it gets its name from its small, bite-sized pieces that resemble popcorn.

This recipe for popcorn chicken is simple yet delicious, making it perfect for beginners in the kitchen. With just a few basic ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, you can whip up a batch of homemade popcorn chicken that rivals any fast-food joint.

Whether you’re hosting a casual gathering, looking for a tasty snack, or craving a quick dinner option, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings.

While frying food may seem intimidating for some, this recipe is relatively straightforward, making it an excellent choice for novice cooks looking to expand their culinary skills.

Expert Tip: To ensure maximum flavor, season the chicken generously with salt and black pepper before coating it with the flour mixture. This step enhances the taste of the chicken and adds depth to the overall dish.


Chicken: Chicken provides a juicy and flavorful base for the popcorn chicken. It’s a versatile protein that absorbs the seasonings and becomes tender when fried, resulting in a satisfying crunch with each bite.

Salt: Salt not only enhances the natural flavor of the chicken but also helps to tenderize it, ensuring a juicy and well-seasoned final product. It balances the other seasonings and brings out the savory notes in the dish.

Black Pepper: Black pepper adds a subtle heat and depth of flavor to the popcorn chicken. Its aromatic qualities complement the other spices and give the dish a pleasant kick without overpowering the palate.

Egg: Egg serves as a binding agent, helping to adhere the coating to the chicken pieces. It contributes to the crispy texture of the popcorn chicken while providing richness and moisture to the meat.

Corn Flour: Corn flour, also known as cornstarch, helps to create a light and crispy coating on the chicken. It forms a barrier between the chicken and the frying oil, preventing excess oil absorption and ensuring a crunchy exterior.

Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne pepper adds a touch of heat and a hint of smokiness to the popcorn chicken. It enhances the overall flavor profile of the dish, offering a subtle warmth without overwhelming the taste buds.

Plain Flour: Plain flour, or all-purpose flour, serves as the primary coating for the chicken pieces. It creates a crispy outer layer when fried, providing a satisfying crunch with each bite.

Breadcrumbs: Breadcrumbs add an extra layer of texture to the popcorn chicken, contributing to its crispy exterior. They help to create a golden brown crust when fried, giving the dish a visually appealing appearance.

Chilli Powder: Chilli powder adds a burst of flavor and heat to the popcorn chicken. It complements the other spices in the recipe, providing depth and complexity to the overall taste profile.

Expert Tip: For an extra crispy coating, double dip the chicken pieces in the flour mixture. After the initial coating, dip the chicken back into the beaten egg and then into the flour mixture again before frying. This creates a thicker crust, resulting in a crunchier texture.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair your homemade popcorn chicken with a side of crispy french fries or baked potato wedges for a classic fast-food experience.
  • Serve the popcorn chicken alongside a fresh green salad tossed with your favorite dressing for a lighter meal option.
  • Create a DIY popcorn chicken bowl by layering cooked rice or quinoa with steamed vegetables and topping it off with the crispy chicken pieces.
  • Make popcorn chicken sliders by sandwiching the chicken between mini burger buns along with your favorite condiments and toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, and cheese.
  • Turn your popcorn chicken into a crowd-pleasing appetizer by serving it with an assortment of dipping sauces, such as barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or ranch dressing.

Expert Tip: Maintain the oil temperature between 350°F to 375°F (175°C to 190°C) while frying the popcorn chicken. A candy thermometer or deep-fry thermometer can help you monitor the oil temperature accurately.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken breast?

Absolutely! Boneless chicken thighs can be used instead of chicken breast in this recipe. They tend to be juicier and more flavorful, adding an extra dimension to the popcorn chicken.

Can I bake the popcorn chicken instead of frying it?

While frying yields the crispiest results, you can certainly bake the popcorn chicken for a lighter option. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C), place the coated chicken pieces on a greased baking sheet, and bake for about 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown and cooked through.

Can I make the popcorn chicken ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the chicken ahead of time by coating it in the flour mixture and storing it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, simply fry or bake the chicken as directed in the recipe.

Can I freeze leftover popcorn chicken?

Yes, leftover popcorn chicken can be frozen for future enjoyment. Allow the cooked chicken to cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container or freezer bag. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. To reheat, bake in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for 15-20 minutes, or until heated through.

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Popcorn Chicken

Popcorn Chicken

by Nabeela Kauser
Sink your teeth into the succulent, spicy world of the chicken popcorn recipe. A tantalizing journey awaits, filled with crispy bites and unforgettable flavours. Stay tuned and master the art of creating this delightful treat in your kitchen.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marination Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetiser, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Western
Servings 6
Calories 292 kcal


  • 500 g Chicken
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp Corn Flour
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 200 g Plain Flour
  • 100 g Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder


  • Cut the chicken into small bite-sized chunks then add into a bowl
  • Add the salt, black pepper, egg and corn flour to the chicken then mix until everything is evenly combined before setting aside for at least 30 minutes
  • Once ready to fry combine the plain flour, breadcrumbs and chilli powder together in a shallow dish
  • Coat each chicken piece with the flour mixture before gently adding into hot oil
  • Deep fry the chicken popcorn for 3-4 minutes on each side – be sure to not overcrowd the pan as this will make your chicken popcorn soggy and less crispy
  • Serve immediately and enjoy with a dip of your choice!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 292kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 14gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 554mgPotassium: 172mgFibre: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 335IUVitamin C: 1mgVitamin D: 0.2µgCalcium: 47mgIron: 3mg
Keyword After School Snacks, Chicken, Finger Food, Food, KFC Style, Kids Snacks, Popcorn Chicken, Recipe, Snack
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