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


Directions:

    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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23 comments:

  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!

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  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

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

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

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  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.

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  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!

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  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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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

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

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  16. Haha I love your investigative tactics!

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

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  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

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

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  20. Hi Cathleen,

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

    Zoe

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  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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