Although many do like it, chicken is a food that some people do not like because, although juicy, it does not have as much flavor as others. This often generates rejection and makes it necessary to look for alternatives to cook the chicken through stews or with sauces that give it that different and tastier touch, among other options.
Among them are the well-known chicken popcorn, which is an excellent way for children to eat this poultry meat that adults can also enjoy. It is also an ideal dish to take as a family, being possible to accompany it with different sauces such as barbecue, white or tomato, among others. We will explain how to make chicken popcorn most simply and surprise your guests with an informal dish, which can also be taken as an aperitif.
When making this chicken popcorn recipe, the main thing is to start preparing the chicken breast. To do this, it has to be cut into small parts with the knife. Size is especially important because each bite must be able to be eaten in one bite. As much as you can, the pieces should be as similar in size as possible. Also, this will make it easier for you to cook.
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Then take a bowl and put the milk and salt in it. Mix the two ingredients well. Once you have it, add the pieces of chicken breast, ensuring that they are well covered. If you have time, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, a lid, or aluminum foil to put it in the fridge and let it cool for about an hour.
While the chicken is in the fridge, you can start preparing the flour mixture with the spices that we have indicated. To do this, take a bowl and put the flour, the egg, another little sea salt, the onion or garlic powder, the paprika or paprika, the black pepper, the dried oregano, and, if you wish, the turmeric or other spices that you like.
Stir all the ingredients well with clean hands or with a wooden spoon or fork to be completely mixed. If you need to stir more, you can make the mixture in a bowl with a lid so you can shake it and make everything easier and faster.
Remove the chicken pieces that you had in the bowl with salt and milk with a slotted spoon’s help and let them drain well. Once you have them drained, you should put the chicken pieces in the mixture of flour and spices to be well covered.
They have to be like battered chicken, but they should not have an excess of flour so that the popcorn does not take on excess oil. Once the pieces are wrapped, do not leave them in the bowl; put them on a well-separated tray until it is time to cook them. You have to repeat this process until you finish with all the chicken pieces.
Once you have finished, take a pan and put the olive oil in it to heat it. When it is at the optimum temperature for frying, go putting the floured chicken pieces in the pan to fry them. The normal thing is that in three or four minutes, they are done.
But the chicken must be cooked well – you can try one to catch the frying time – and that the floured has a golden color. When they are done, you take them out of the pan and add other chicken pieces to cook, and so on until you are done.
When the chicken pieces are already fried, when you remove them from the pan, place them on a tray in which, previously, you will have put an absorbent kitchen paper so that the rest of the oil and fat are soaked, and the chicken remains crisper.
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In any case, it is a dish that has to be served hot, so you cannot allow much time for the oil to release. For this, it is better to put several layers of absorbent paper on the plate because it will soak more.
And it would be ready to serve on the table in another tray without the absorbent paper and small bowls with the sauce you like the most. To accompany this delicious recipe for fried chicken popcorn, we propose the following:
- If you have to make chicken popcorn for more guests, it is convenient that you put several frying pans on the stove because this dish has to be eaten while still hot, and it is better to do more at the same time not let it cool.
- If you like your popcorn with a crunchier texture, you can substitute the flour for breadcrumbs or even crushed popcorn.
- To make the popcorn less fat, you can bake it instead of frying it.
- Whenever you have time, it is convenient to let the chicken marinate in the milk with salt. Thus, when you cook it, it will be juicier.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff