I can hardly contain my excitement because it’s Nessy Eater’s FIRST BLOGIVERSARY. I can’t believe this food blog still exist and I’m still blogging. I was for certain this wouldn’t even last for 1 month. It took me a weekend to realise it has been one amazing year to be a food blogger. Making lots and lots of new friends, who have the same interest as me feels like home. Nessy Eater motivates me every day to be inspired, enjoy life and share the joy of eating. I like to THANK YOU friends and family, who have the patience when I’m preparing my ritual- feeding my camera first before meals are then served to them. Looking back on the past year, I’ve been very grateful to be invited to many delicious eats and events. I will try to discover more about food, recipes and drinks. I am looking forward to improving this space and hope you will enjoy it. So like…the other day I came across bite-size homemade popcorn chicken at the table, one bite and I was HOOKED! It is a recipe that is so wrong yet soooooo good not to resist. It has been tested and APPROVED by amature cooks, like me. Even our friends who have impeccable taste were amused and are super keen to see this again without a doubt. I bet you won’t touch KFC popcorn chicken again for years!
The secret to this absolutely amazing recipe are two important ingredients that not many minions would want to share, however I managed to mastermind it THANKS to Tall Tommy and they are chicken powder and cayenne pepper. You’ll go C-R-A-Z-Y if you are missing either one or both of these ingredients whilst making these TASTY chicks.
Gimme me popcorn chicken NOW.
Let’s BEGIN! Easy peasy steps just in case you peeps out there want to make this. You’ll need:
Homemade Popcorn Chicken
Credits to LOL Couple – Tall Tommy.
- 3 boneless chicken breasts (Chopped in small pieces ranging 1.5 inch in size)
- 1 1/2 cups plain flour or self-raising
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 tsp chicken powder
- 3 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp potato starch or sweet potato starch or cornflour
- 3-4 cups vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cup plain flour
Before starting, prepare 3-4 cups vegetable oil into a wok or small skillet and place on medium heat.
Then mix 1 1/2 cups plain flour , 1/2 tsp potato starch and 1/4 cup water in small mixing bowl.
Add 1 1/2 tsp chicken powder, stir.
Add 3 tsp cayenne pepper, stir.
Double check the consistency of the flour mixture, not too runny, not too thick.
( Too thick= Add water, Too runny= Add flour).
Dunk the chicken pieces into the flour mixture (If time isn’t an issue, piece by piece) , fully coating the chicken.
Dip pieces of chicken into 1 1/2 cup plain flour batch, being sure they are fully covered.
To test if the oil is ready simply fry a few pieces of chicken into the oil. If it sizzles, it’s ready! Now, slowly place the chicken into the oil. After 4-5 minutes depending on heat flip pieces over. Pieces of chicken should be ready when it turns golden brown. (Best to take one out and cut it in half to see if the meat is fully cooked).
Once the chicken is ready, scoop out the chicken pieces and make sure oil is drained as much as possible. Use 2 paper towels or more to excess the oil so the popcorn chicken is super duper crunchy.
Homemade popcorn chicken is READY TO EAT.
- Tastes just like KFC popcorn chicken with the secret ingredient: cayenne pepper and chicken powder
- Smaller pieces of chicken = crispier and crunchier
- For awesome results use deep fryer
- Use paper towels/ tempura sheets to excess oil
It ain’t Ba-Na-n-a minion. Tee hee.
Nessy Eater and I have come a long long way. I appreciate the time and effort for sharing the the past year with me. Each comment, email or message has given me encouragement to keep doing what I love best- EATING.
Photos by Vanny Tang
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