Homemade Popcorn Chicken
What Is Popcorn Chicken ?
In this dish smaller pieces of chicken were often fried together, thus creating the chicken bite dishes. The term “popcorn chicken” is a more modern, used because the small cubes of chicken resemble popcorn after being fried.
In this post we’ll learn the 2 best ways to make popcorn chicken.
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook time: 50 min
● 200 grams boneless, skinless chicken thighs, sliced into bite-sized pieces
● 2 tablespoons milk
● 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
● 2 eggs
● 1/2 cup flour
● 1 and 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
● 1 teaspoon dried herbs
● 1 teaspoon paprika
● 1 teaspoon lemon zest
Step 1: Preheat oven to 225 degree C
Step 2: Marinate chicken pieces in milk and lemon juice in a bowl for 15-30 minutes in the refrigerator.
Step 3: Place eggs, flour and breadcrumbs in three separate bowls and place in a row on the table or bench.
Step 4: Beat eggs.
Step 5: Add dried herbs, paprika and lemon zest into breadcrumbs and mix well.
Step 6: Coat a spoonful of chicken pieces in flour and shake off excess.
Step 7: Then dip into egg and coat thoroughly.
Step 8: Next, place eggy chicken pieces into breadcrumbs, press breadcrumbs all over.
Step 9: Place coated chicken pieces on a baking tray.
Step 10: Repeat for remaining chicken.
Step 11: Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and chicken is no longer pink inside.
Step 12: Remove from oven. Use tongs to remove chicken pieces from dish and serve.
Enjoy the dish.
Let’s look at the second way to make this beautiful dish.
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Popcorn Chicken Ingredients:
● 1 pound chicken tenderloins (or skinless and boneless chicken breasts), cut into tiny bite-size pieces
● 2 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
● 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided use
● 1/4 teaspoon, plus a pinch, black pepper, divided use
● 1/2 cup flour
● 2 1/2 cups corn flakes
● 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
● 1/4 teaspoon paprika
● 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
● 1/4 cup buttermilk
● Cooking oil spray
● 1 cup sour cream
● 1/4 cup mayonnaise
● 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
● 1 clove garlic
● Zest of 1 lemon
● 2 teaspoons lemon juice
● 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
● 1/4 teaspoon, plus a pinch, salt
● 2 tablespoons roughly chopped chives
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400°, and line a baking sheet with foil.
Step 2: Add the diced chicken pieces into a medium-size bowl, and add to it the garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and pinch of black pepper; toss together to combine, and marinate the chicken while you prep the rest of the ingredients.
Step 3: Add your flour to a large ziplock bag, and set aside.
Step 4: Add the cornflakes, parmesan, paprika, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper and granulated garlic to the bowl of a food processor, and process just until a fine crumble (not too fine and powdery, but not too chunky); add that mixture to another large ziplock bag, and set aside for a moment.
Step 5: Add your chicken pieces to the bag with the flour, and shake to coat the pieces well.
Step 6: Place the flour-coated pieces into a medium-size bowl, and drizzle the buttermilk over them; using your fingers, mix the buttermilk gently into the chicken, just to coat it.
Step 7: Add the buttermilk-coated chicken pieces to the ziplock bag with the corn flake mixture, and shake to coat the pieces well.
Step 8: Place each piece of coated chicken onto the foil-lined baking sheet in a single layer, give them a light misting of the cooking oil spray, and bake for 20 minutes; then, turn on your broiler, and allow the popcorn chicken to become extra crunchy by broiling for 2 minutes more.
Step 9: While the popcorn chicken bakes, prepare the parmesan-ranch dipping sauce (optional): add all sauce ingredients to the bowl of your food processor, and process until completely smooth and blended; keep covered in fridge until ready to serve.
Step 10: Serve the hot popcorn chicken with the parmesan-ranch dipping sauce (or your preferred sauce) on the side.
Here is a video to show you the recipe for making popcorn chicken.
My Review About Popcorn Chicken
Popcorn chicken is very simple to make and all the ingredients are easily available in the market. It is suitable for snacks and meals. So you can give it a try.
Note: It is spicy so people having gastric problems may avoid the dish.
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