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Homemade Popcorn Chicken

Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American, Australian
Keyword: homemade popcorn chicken, popcorn chicken, quick and easy
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 283 kcal


  • 500 g chicken breast chopped into 5cm cubes
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of chili powder
  • pinch of cayenne only a very tiny pinch
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 4 tabs olive oil for pan frying


  1. Cut chicken into 5cm bite sized pieces

  2. Mix all spices together in a medium bowl and coat the chicken.

  3. Coat with panko breadcrumbs pushing slightly firmly onto the chicken to ensure the crumbs stick.

  4. Heat the olive oil in a frypan to medium to high heat and cook chicken till golden brown and cooked through. Cook in two or more batches to ensure they remain crispy.

  5. Drain on a paper towel and serve while hot.

Recipe Notes

For more heat and bite popcorn chicken add more chili powder and cayenne pepper.

Or for less heat only use the tiniest amount. The pepper gives spice as well. If you have overloaded the spices with too much chili and cayenne, pop in a couple of tablespoons of rice flour if you like.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Popcorn Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 1529mg66%
Potassium 548mg16%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.