Easy Popcorn Chicken


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Do you remember the whole “popcorn chicken” phenomenon? It was years and years ago and I don’t even remember who brought it up first, was it Arby’s? Either way, suddenly people were so excited to get these little “nuggets” of chicken that were actual white meat, crispy and totally easy to eat. In fact, I think a lot of them came in cups. And as I’m saying this I’m realizing that they are probably still out there and because we don’t ever eat fast food (except JCW’s because bless those hot, salty fries and special sauce) I’m just plain clueless. Which brings me to something else I’m clueless about…


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Age. Dudes, apparently I am THE WORST judge of a person’s age. Like really. I am always blown away by people when they tell me their age. I think I just assume everyone is my age or younger and I don’t think twice about it. I wont throw out any names here, but let’s just say there are a few bloggers that I literally still cannot believe are older than me. You know who you are. I’m looking at you girls.


So what are you a bad judge of? Chicken being done? Boyfriends? Clothes? I’d love to hear!!


Does Chicken Have a Lot of Protein?

Chicken is packed with protein.

A 3-ounce serving of cooked chicken breast has about 25 grams of protein.


Can You Eat Popcorn Chicken Cold?

It is safe to eat cold chicken that has been thoroughly cooked, as long as it did not stay in the danger zone of temperature for too long before being refrigerated.

Chicken that has been at room temperature for more than 2 hours should probably be discarded.


Can Popcorn Chicken Be Baked Instead of Fried?

Oven baked popcorn chicken is easy to make and tastes just as good as fried popcorn chicken.

Oven baked contains less fat and is actually healthier.


Easy Popcorn Chicken

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Popcorn Chicken

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: 200+ Easy Appetizers Recipes
Keyword: chicken, fried chicken, oil, popcorn chicken, recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 367kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 3 chicken breasts cut into 1 1/2" chunks
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • dash of hot sauce
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • oil for frying
  • Season salt


  • In a dish, whisk together the milk and hot sauce.
  • In another dish, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  • Place the chicken in the milk mixture and cover with saran wrap in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Heat a pan 1/3 full of oil over medium heat.
  • Remove the chicken and coat in the flour mixture then straight into the hot oil until golden and cooked through, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove to a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with extra paprika if desired.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.4g | Protein: 32g | Cholesterol: 88.1mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 2.4g
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23 comments on “Easy Popcorn Chicken”

  1. Can these be frozen and reheated?

  2. i dont have any paprika is there anything you can suggest i use instead?

  3. This looks great! I’d love to give it a try but I have a family member who can’t eat fried food. Can you bake this instead?

  4. I made this last night for supper and everyone in my family loved it…which is no small feat 🙂 I think the seasoned salt after the chicken was fried was that extra little something that made it excellent!

  5. This looks wonderful….wonder if you could bake it ? Too much oil…..trying to stay away from fried foods…..can you make a healthy popcorn chicken and post it 🙂 And I am way older than any of you guys 🙂 just sayin…………………….

    • Lol, the older the better in my book. Just means you’re more wise and the older I get the more I appreciate that. And popcorn, you know what we love to do, we put popcorn in a paper bag and microwave it then sprinkle a little salt so there’s no oil at all. Then occasionally we make a recipe like this one for fun and share with friends!

  6. This popcorn chicken looks way better than fast food!

  7. I know. You must be referring to me. LOL, kidding!!! My kids would flip over this popcorn chicken. I would too, but this old lady cant do flips.

    • Lol!!! I am!!!! I still think you and I look the same age. I cannot get over it and you looked amazing this weekend! And this probably now looks like a weird comment. haha!!

  8. Have always loved KFC’s popcorn chicken but this looks way better! So fun spending some time with you in Florida this weekend. Thanks for inviting me to join in with you girls! (p.s. I am older than you:)

  9. Popcorn chicken is the best!

  10. This popcorn chicken is making me a serious believer this morning! It looks so fantastic!

  11. I could pop a handful of these bad boys into my mouth no problem.