Popcorn Chicken: the homemade chicken bite recipe

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 10 people
By Cookist


Chicken breast
500 gr (1 lb)
2 gr (1/4 tsp)
1 gr (1/4 tsp)
clear soda drink
120 ml (1/2 cup)
190 gr (1.5 cup)
spicy fry breading mix
100 gr (0.8 cup)

It’s no secret that we love chicken. And if it’s fried, even better. Popcorn Chicken is easy to make, so there’s no need to even bother with getting takeout. If you’re craving KFC-style chicken bites, then this recipe will probably be your new favorite.

The name comes from the fact that they’re perfectly bite-sized, so you can easily pop them in your mouth…just like you would popcorn. The texture is crispy and crunchy, with moist, tender chicken on the inside. Crispy, tender, and delicious, this chicken recipe will be your new favorite. Add a delicious dipping sauce, and you have a delicious appetizer ready to be devoured.


How to make Popcorn Chicken

To make Homemade Popcorn Chicken, you need to make a spiced flour mixture and the batter first. Simply dip chicken cubes in the batter, then the flour mixture, and fry until golden perfection. Serve with your favorite sauce.

Tips for the Best Popcorn Chicken

– Make these healthier by cooking them in an Airfryer. Simply spray the Airfryer basket with cooking oil spray and cook the popcorn chicken for 8-10 minutes at 390°F, turning halfway.

– Make Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken (also known as salt and pepper chicken) by marinating them in a mixture of 21 garlic cloves (minced), 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp five-spice powder, ½ tsp sesame oil, ½ tbsp Shaoxing cooking wine, ½ tsp white pepper, 1/8 tsp black pepper, salt to taste, and a pinch of sugar.

– While you can make these ahead of time, these are best served fresh!

– If you want to make them extra crispy, add Panko breadcrumbs to the breading mixture.


Can I bake Popcorn Chicken?

Popcorn Chicken can be baked in the oven at 200°C for about 10-12 minutes. Just note that it won’t be as crispy as the fried version.

What to serve with Popcorn Chicken

Serve the Homemade Popcorn Chicken Bites with your favorite sauce: ketchup, sweet chili mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, and even ranch dressing.


How to store Homemade Popcorn Chicken

Store the Homemade Popcorn Chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.



Cut the chicken into pieces.


Add the eggs and spices and mix.


Add clear soda to the mixture.


Combine flour and spicy fry breading mix. Put the chicken in the mix, making nuggets, roll in the flour mixture and squeeze by hand.


Heat the oil and bake until golden brown.


You can marinate the chicken cubes in buttermilk for about 10 minutes before breading them. This will make sure the pieces remain tender while cooking.

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