Chipotle Popcorn Chicken

25 Aug 2013

Chipotle Popcorn Chicken

I have company!

I have two visitors at my house staying for a week. And when there are visitors, I get right into their face to see what their food preferences are.

Maybe I'm not as direct about it as I'm making it seem, but I like to know what I'm dealing with, so that I can cook something that they cannot refuse.

So the first thing I did when they arrived from the airport was take them out for dinner. This way I can see what kind of food they would eat without me outright asking. The ordered buffalo chicken. Mental note: they will eat chicken.

While we were talking, they mentioned that they just LOVE kettle corn. Note to self: likes popcorn.

Now being the fantastic detective that I am, I concluded that I should be making some popcorn chicken. So that's what I did.

But to kick it up a spicy notch, I added some chipote peppers. I for one cannot get enough chipotle peppers in my life. I love the taste of chipotle, be it in pepper form or the chipotle powder. I have put chipotle in many egg salads lately like my chipotle egg salad or my mango red pepper chipotle egg salad, but I decided that I should leave the egg salad alone, and try pairing it up with some chicken.

And it worked wonders. This chicken was a huge hit, and is suitable for picky eaters everywhere!

Adapted from Jo Cooks
What you'll need:

-1 cup milk
-1 tablespoon vinegar
-2 large chicken breasts, boneless, skinless and cut into cubes
-4 chipotle peppers, chopped finely
-1 egg
-2 tablespoons cornstarch
+salt and pepper to taste
+panko breadcrumbs
+oil for frying


    1.   In a medium bowl, mix together the milk and vinegar and let sit for around 5 minutes. 
    2.   Whisk in the chipotle peppers, egg, cornstarch, salt and pepper.
    3.   Place the chicken in the batter and let sit in the fridge for a couple of hours.
    4.  Pour some breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl and coat each piece of chicken with breadcrumbs.
    5.   Heat the oil on medium heat, and fry the chicken on both sides for 3-5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Place on paper towels to soak up some of the oil. Repeat with all the chicken pieces.

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  1. You know, I've never had popcorn chicken--it is one of those foods with a name that makes it sound good but which isn't really fully descriptive of how it tastes. "Popcorn chicken--neither popped nor containing popcorn." Your version looks much healthier than the fast food incarnation!

  2. My boys like chicken tenders and spicy foods so this is a perfect combo. I like panko breadcrumbs as they really give foods that added little crispness. Take Care, BAM

  3. Hi Cathleen , I love popcorn shrimp and I love chicken so you know I will make these next week . Thanks for sharing :).

  4. You're such a efficient detective and definitely the nicest host ever! ;) These Chipotle Popcorn Chicken sounds wonderful and delicious.

  5. I love popcorn chicken. Although I have never eaten Chipotle peppers before, which I really have to change because I do like a little heat to my food. Sounds like you are a great host.

  6. Smile. I loved your detective work! Way more smart than my usual blunt question: "What do you refuse to eat?" This looks just delicious. Anyone would be lucky to stay at your place! Thank you for sharing! I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog tomorrow for one of Ryan's necklaces, and I'd love for you to stop by! I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!

  7. Cathleen, hah! hah! You are a very smart detective! I love the taste of chipotle too and these chipotle popcorn chicken will be a hit at my house too!

  8. You are such a nice host :) I would love to snack on these!

  9. Chicken looks delicious Cathleen! This look way better than the popcorn chicken we get at KFC! Kuddos!

  10. Yummy, nice and spicy with the chipotles! Your friends are lucky to have you to visit!

  11. Ooh - love this version of popcorn chicken with the chipotles and panko - thanks so much for sharing!
    Shashi @

  12. Such a nice host you are..Really good chicken here.

  13. You rock at parties my friend just saying :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. You are a great hostess, and I want some of that yummy popcorn chicken right now!

  15. Give me some, please. Love little chicken bites any time.

  16. Haha I love your investigative tactics!

  17. Haha, nice way of getting to know ur guest's culinary tastes :) Nice popcorn chicken !

  18. These chicken bites sound and look delicious Cathleen, I love finger food...and like the spicy touch.
    Thanks for the recipe and have a lovely week :D

  19. LOVE popcorn chicken and especially the ones coated with spice. Yum!

  20. Hi Cathleen,

    I reckon these delicious pop corn chicken can be super additive!


  21. Haha, I love your sneaky techniques you used to find out what your guests like to eat! :P I would definitely Nom on these! I love popcorn chicken.


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