Crispy bite-size popcorn chicken will be a hit with the whole family!
I was walking through the grocery store last weekend and they had this huge freezer with a special on popcorn chicken. I was a little intrigued. It would be a very quick and easy dinner for during the week. And I almost picked up a bag. The key word there is almost. I ended up deciding against it because I thought “you know what? I bet I can make that at home really easily.” And as it turns out, it was pretty darn easy to make.
When I told Ryan I was making popcorn chicken for dinner. The first thing he said was “what the heck is popcorn chicken?” Really you could call these chicken nuggets too if you want. It is simply chicken thighs cut into little bite-size pieces, dredged in seasoned flour and fried until golden. I used chicken thighs in this dish because they are pretty inexpensive and I like the flavor more than boneless breasts, that being said you could totally use boneless skinless chicken breasts in this recipe too. What ever you use, trust me, they are delicious. Take it from Ryan who is not huge fan of fried food (gasp!) who said, as he scarfed down about 20 pieces, that they were really good, light and not too heavy like other fried nuggets. Give ’em a shot. Let me know what you think.
UPDATE 12/9/2016: When I originally posted this recipe back in 2010, I had not yet been introduced to the wonderful world that is brining chicken. Now, whenever I make chicken, especially, I brine it first. When I heard that a popular fast food restaurant brines their chicken in pickle juice, I had to give it a go with this popcorn chicken. Holy moly, guys, it is SO good. And I love that you don’t have to make the brine yourself which makes this even easier to make.
My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »
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