KFC Popcorn  Chicken Recipe

Why Is It Called Popcorn Chicken?

These crispy chunks of bite-sized chicken look a lot like pieces of popped popcorn, which is where popcorn chicken gets its name. They’re also just small enough to eat by the handful!


Cut your chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. This fried chicken recipe should yield around 48 nuggets.

Prep the Breading

Next, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, and seasonings.

Make an Egg Wash

In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk with eggs, a bit of salt, paprika, and Dijon mustard.

Add Chicken to Egg Wash

Add the chicken to the egg wash to soak. Soaking allows the buttermilk to tenderize the chicken.


transfer chicken nuggets to the flour mixture and toss to coat. Place the breaded nuggets on a baking sheet.


Working in batches, fry the chicken nuggets in a skillet filled with about 2 inches of hot oil. Move the finished nuggets to a wire rack to drain.

Cool and Serve

Once your fried popcorn chicken has cooled a bit, give it a sprinkle with sea salt, then serve!

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