kfc style spicy popcorn chicken

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)


  1. 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).
  2. Prepare the Spicy Coating:
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together hot sauce, melted butter, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.

  1. Prepare the Dry Coating:
    • In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Drain and Rest:
    • Remove the fried chicken pieces and let them drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

  1. 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.
  2. Toss in Spicy Coating:
    • In a large bowl, toss the fried chicken pieces in the prepared spicy coating until evenly coated.
  3. Serve:
    • 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.

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