Popcorn Chicken

“Better than KFC” Popcorn Chicken

This is a fun snack food to make for social gatherings where everybody comes over and plays on their phones, tail-gate parties, family game nights, or just to have as a flavorful snack food. They can easily be pre-cooked, refrigerated for a couple of days and then re-heated when you want them. Which is convenient because it’s just as easy to make a lot of these tasty bites as it is to make only a few.

Better than KFC Popcorn Chicken

30 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time


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All You Need

  • Fresh Chicken (light and dark meat) about 1/2" cubed
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 TBSP Ground Dried Rosemary
  • 1 TBSP Dried Thyme
  • 1 TBSP Garlic Powder

The Fun Parts

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and mix well to evenly blend the ingredients.
  2. A few pieces at a time, add the cubed chicken to the seasoned flour mix and toss them around to coat. (It can be helpful to have a fine meshed strainer on hand to add the coated chicken to and shake off any excess, to avoid clumps of flour)
  3. Using a counter-top deep fryer, or a heavy sauce pot (with about 3" of canola oil. Please be careful using this method and always work with a proper deep-frying thermometer) set to 375F.
  4. Add the seasoned and coated chicken to the pre-heated oil a few pieces at a time. Avoid over crowding the fryer as it will lower the temperature and the pieces will stick together and cook unevenly.
  5. Cook the chicken for approximately 3 minutes. Testing with an instant read thermometer to an internal temperature of 165F, or by cutting one open to make sure the chicken is entirely cooked through.
  6. Remove the cooked chicken, transfer to a paper towel lined plate AND season immediately (while the chicken is still hot) with salt and pepper.
  7. Transfer to your serving bowl and serve as is, or with your favourite dipping sauce.


These delicious bites of DIY popcorn chicken can be made and cooked ahead if desired. After finishing the recipe steps, allow the cooked popcorn chicken to cool, then store in a Ziploc bag, or covered bowl (for up to 3 days) and reheat in a 350F oven for approximately 10 minutes.



735 cal


10 g


110 g


48 g
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