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Asian Popcorn Chicken Recipe

Asian Popcorn Chicken - crispy, juicy and delicious Asian fried chicken nuggets. Quick, easy and budget-friendly recipe for the entire family!!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Asian Popcorn Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 423 kcal


  • 8-10 oz chicken thighs, cut into bite-size cubes
  • 2 stalks Thai basil leaves, (optional)
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • oil, for deep-frying
  • 1/4 teaspoon bottled pepper salt powder, (optional)


  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 -inch piece ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine, optional
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the Marinade in a big bowl, stir to combine well. Add the chicken, coat well and marinate for 30 minutes.

  2. Heat 2-3 inches of the oil in a pan or stock pot for deep-frying. Coat the chicken with the cornstarch evenly. Shake off the excess. Deep-fry the chicken until they turn golden brown, remove from the oil with a strainer or slotted spoon, draining the excess oil by laying them on a wire rack or a dish lined with paper towels.

  3. In a clean pan or skillet, add the basil leaves and stir a few times before adding the chicken back into the pan or skillet. Remove from heat, add the pepper salt powder and toss well with the chicken. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Thai basil leaves are optional if you can't find them. You can find the bottled pepper salt powder at Asian grocery stores or buy online here.

Nutrition Facts
Asian Popcorn Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 people)
Calories 423 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 2132mg93%
Potassium 251mg7%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.