Popcorn Chicken


Popcorn chicken is a dish of bite-sized chunks of deep-fried chicken that are sure to be a family favorite. I love to serve the chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 3 cups flour

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 cups oil, or as needed

  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cubed


  1. Mix flour, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl. Beat eggs and lemon juice together in a separate bowl.

  2. Heat 2 inches of oil in a large pot over medium heat.

  3. Dredge chicken pieces in flour mixture; shake off excess. Dip into beaten egg. Lift up so excess egg drips back into the bowl. Press into flour mixture again to coat.

  4. Lower pieces of chicken carefully into hot oil in batches; fry until golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces.


To test the oil to make sure it is hot enough: a small amount of flour dropped in should sizzle.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

451 Calories
18g Fat
49g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 451
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 248mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 208mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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