Homemade Popcorn Chicken
Light, crispy, and perfectly seasoned, Homemade Popcorn Chicken is an easy from-scratch recipe that tastes just like your fast-food favorite!
In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs with a pinch of salt. Place the panko in a shallow bowl, and add a pinch of salt. Stir to combine. In a medium bowl or container with a lid, combine the flour, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Add the chicken pieces to the flour mixture and toss to coat lightly in the seasoning.
Working one at a time, dunk each piece of chicken first in the egg, then in the panko, turning to coat on all sides. Place the pieces of breaded chicken on a baking sheet. Let the chicken sit for 10 minutes, or up to overnight, in the refrigerator.
When you’re ready to cook, heat ¼ inch of oil in a high-sided skillet set over medium heat. Check that the oil is hot enough, by sprinkling some flour into the oil. It should sizzle, but not burn.
When the oil is hot, carefully add the chicken pieces to the skillet, working in batches to avoid crowding the pan. Fry for 2 minutes per side, until golden and cooked through. The internal temperature of the chicken will reach 165°F when done.
Transfer the cooked chicken to a paper-towel-lined plate, and repeat with the remaining chicken.
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 970mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 417IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 4mg