Making KFC-style spicy popcorn chicken at home can be a fun and flavorful experience. Here’s a recipe for you:
KFC-Style Spicy Popcorn Chicken Recipe:
For the Chicken:
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for spice preference)
- Vegetable oil for frying
For the Spicy Coating:
- 1/2 cup hot sauce (e.g., Frank’s RedHot)
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for spice preference)
- Marinate the Chicken:
- In a bowl, combine the chicken pieces and buttermilk. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour (or even overnight for better flavor).
- Prepare the Spicy Coating:
- In a separate bowl, whisk together hot sauce, melted butter, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
- Prepare the Dry Coating:
- In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
- Dredge the Chicken:
- Remove the chicken pieces from the buttermilk, allowing excess liquid to drain off.
- Dredge each piece in the seasoned flour mixture, ensuring it’s well-coated.
- First Fry:
- Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a heavy pot to 350-375°F (175-190°C).
- Fry the chicken in batches for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
- Drain and Rest:
- Remove the fried chicken pieces and let them drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Second Fry (Optional for Extra Crispiness):
- Heat the oil to the same temperature and fry the chicken again for 1-2 minutes until they reach your desired level of crispiness.
- Toss in Spicy Coating:
- In a large bowl, toss the fried chicken pieces in the prepared spicy coating until evenly coated.
- Serve the KFC-style spicy popcorn chicken hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
Enjoy your homemade spicy popcorn chicken, KFC-style! Adjust the spice levels according to your preference.