Popcorn Chicken

Popcorn Chicken

5 from 1 vote
Crispy, delicious and flavourful bites of chicken that you can make in the comfort of your own home. Crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. These popcorn chicken pieces are a real delight.

Crispy popcorn chicken is fun and bite-sized snack. This crunchy popcorn chicken recipe is the perfect comfort food and is so quick and easy to make. Crunchy popcorn chicken is also perfect for kids snacks or even served alongside the main meal.

This fried popcorn chicken recipe will fast become one of your favourites. Learn how to make KFC style popcorn chicken in the comforts of your own home with this simple and quick recipe. Delicious, flavourful and crisp.

I love taking takeaway classics and recreating my own recipes to make my own versions. I have kept this chicken popcorn recipe very simple, but I can guarantee you that it is still full of flavour.

I have seasoned the flour with only chilli powder, but you are welcome to add some extra seasonings. Some suggestions are garlic powder, paprika, or oregano. The good thing about this recipe is that even if you can adjust the seasonings to your personal preference.

There is no requirement to marinate the chicken. However, I do highly recommend it, even if it is just for 30 minutes. You could even make a large batch of popcorn chicken and allow it to marinate overnight.

Depending on the size of the chicken the time take to fry the chicken can differ. It is important that you keep the oil at the right temperature. It shouldn’t be too hot as this will leave you with raw chicken on the outside. If the oil is too cold then the batter will become soggy and may fall off the chicken. Fry the chicken in batches as this will ensure that the chicken bites don’t stick together. Also, if the pan is overcrowded then the chicken will end up becoming soggy.

You could bake the chicken. However, it won’t turn out as crispy. The flavour will still be there and it will still be delicious. If you want to lower the calorie count of this recipe, then baking in the oven is definitely the way to go. I would bake the chicken popcorn at 200°C (400°F) gas mark 6.

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Popcorn Chicken

by Nabeela Kauser
Crispy, delicious and flavourful bites of chicken that you can make inthe comfort of your own home. Crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside.These popcorn chicken pieces are a real delight.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Marination Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetiser, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 292 kcal



  • 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!



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