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Crispy Chicken Popcorn
Crispy chicken popcorn is the best snack to enjoy. They’re coated with spicy and crunchy crumbs and succulent chicken pieces inside.
They’re as small and crispy just as the popcorn. Hence, these little chicken pieces are called popcorn chicken. And they have been so popular among the takeout/ takeaway menu.
My kids are among those crazy fans of these tasty chicken poppers. They can have them anytime.
But ever since our world has been in restriction and lockdown, we couldn’t get those tiny fried chicken pieces. Even when the lockdown was eased, we didn’t really want to get takeaway/ takeout due to being careful about bringing the food from outside.
So, homemade chicken popcorn had to be created. After so many trials, I’m currently happy to use this recipe whenever my kids crave one of their favourite takeaways.
And my little one claims that my recipe makes the best spicy and crispy chicken popcorn which is better than the famous takeaway. Well, of course, the kid was just being biased.
Easy, Fast And Cheap
These three words – easy, fast and cheap – are the best to describe these homemade chicken poppers.
You may think that it is not cheap to get all the ingredients for the recipe, especially the spices and herbs. But really, once you buy them, you can use them to make the recipe multiple times. In the end, you get more value from them.
And for the poultry, I suggest you get skinless and boneless chicken thighs. Not only, they’re cheaper, but they’re also more flavourful.
Secret Tips For Tasty Chicken Popcorn
- Cut the poultry as small and equal as possible. I always try to cut them in cubes about 2 cm/ 0.78 inch.
- Don’t skip the marinade, please. If possible, try to do it at least 20-30 minutes before cooking. The best is to leave it in the fridge/ refrigerator overnight so the flavour in the chicken will develop more, and you’ll get a tasty chicken piece right to the middle.
- Deep fry the flour-coated chicken pieces in hot oil at a temperature around 178°C/ 350°F. If you don’t have a food thermometer, you can try to check the oil by frying a pinch of flour or a tiny piece of chicken. The oil should fry it steadily fast but not too rapid. Make sure the oil is plenty enough to cover all the chicken pieces.
Ways To Store
These chicken popcorn are best eaten fresh. But if you need to keep it for longer, you can put it in a food container and store it in the fridge/ refrigerator for about 3 days.
If you make the poppers in bulk, you can keep them in a ziplock bag and freeze them. They keep well in the freezer for about 6 weeks.
When you want to have them, you can pop them in the preheated oven at the gas mark 4/ 180°C/ 350°F for about 15-20 minutes after being in the fridge or 30 minutes when frozen.
Thank you for reading this recipe. I hope you want to try it out. When you do, it will be awesome if you can share what you think about the recipe in the comments below.
Before you go, don’t forget to check out my other snack recipes that you may like.
- Cilok: Indonesian chewy tapioca dumplings in spicy peanut sauce.
- Aloo Paratha: Pakistani fried flatbread with spicy potato filling.
- Macaroni Schotel: baked macaroni and cheese.
- Chicken seekh kabab.
Thank you and all the best.