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Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken. Crispy, delicious, flavourful chicken bites. This is a healthier version of the popular dish with a lighter coating and it is not deep fried. This recipe is made in 30 minutes.
Course dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine asian, Taiwanese
Keyword easy taiwanese popcorn chicken recipe, taiwanese basil popcorn chicken recipe, taiwanese popcorn basil chicken, taiwanese popcorn chicken, taiwanese popcorn chicken recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 as a side
Author christieathome


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs sliced into bite size piece
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 3/4 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1 handful fresh basil washed and dried
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil


  • Cut your chicken into bite size pieces.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together cornstarch, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, Chinese Five Spice powder and minced garlic. Add in your chicken and mix until every piece is well coated.
  • In a hot pan set over medium high heat, add avocado oil. Add in your chicken when oil is hot. Cover with a mesh shield to protect from oil splatter. Fry on all sides until golden crispy brown, about 13-15 minutes.
  • At the very end, add in your fresh basil and fry until the leaves are crispy. Serve with sriracha mayo or a plain mayo. Enjoy!