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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!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Boneless chicken breast recipes, chicken ideas, homemade chicken nuggets
Servings: 4
Calories: 402kcal



  • 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