Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken


55 min

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken Photo 1




55 min


6 persons




4.00 rating-star (12)


Author: Victoria Bailey
These Taiwanese popcorn chicken bites are incredibly delicious. Five-spice, ginger, and soy sauce flavor bite-sized pieces of chicken before they're dipped in tempura mix and fried until golden and crispy.


  • boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces : 1.5 pound
  • garlic, finely chopped : 2 clove
  • soy sauce : 1 Tbsp
  • grated ginger : 2 tsp
  • five-spice powder : 1 tsp
  • ground white pepper, or to taste : 1 tsp
  • salt, or to taste : 1 tsp
  • rice vinegar : 0.5 tsp
  • cayenne pepper : 0.5 tsp
  • egg : 1 piece
  • tempura batter mix, dry, or as needed : 1 cup
  • peanut oil for frying, or as needed : 2 cups
  • Thai basil, chopped : 1 bunch
  • green onions, chopped : 2 piece

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Stages of cooking

  1. Mix chicken, garlic, soy sauce, ginger, five-spice powder, white pepper, salt, vinegar, and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl until well combined. Let marinate for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  3. Whisk egg in a small bowl until smooth. Place dry tempura mix into a second small bowl. Dip chicken pieces one at a time into egg, then dredge in tempura mix, shaking off any excess.
  4. Working in batches, lower chicken carefully into hot oil and fry until golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer chicken to a platter and garnish with basil leaves and green onions.
    Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken Photo 6

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