Shallow fried popcorn chicken

    35 min

    Great way to use up chicken/turkey leftovers. Small pieces of chicken covered and fried in the frying pan. Much healthier than the pre-prepared popcorn chicken as you know exactly what goes in to it. Serve as a meal or in a small dish for party nibbles.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 1 whole cooked chicken (or other chicken leftovers)
    • 125g plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon chilli powder (optional)
    • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 70ml milk
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Remove all the skin and strip the meat from the bones. The skin and bones will not be needed, and can be discarded. Cut the meat into small bite size portions.
    2. In a bowl, mix the flour, paprika, chilli, thyme, salt, pepper and garlic together.
    3. Take each piece of chicken and coat it with the flour mixture. Place it in a separate bowl. When all the chicken has been coated, cover the bowl and set aside. Keep the remaining flour mixture, it will be needed later.
    4. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, egg and lemon juice together. Whisk until smooth.
    5. Pour a generous amount of oil into a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Heat to a medium high temperature.
    6. When the oil is hot, take a piece of coated chicken, dip it into the egg mixture and then re-coat it with the flour mixture. Carefully place in the hot oil, frying about 6 to 8 bits in at a time so you can monitor them carefully.
    7. As the chicken bits start to brown, turn them over and watch for them to turn brown. Once brown remove them from the oil and put them on a plate covered in kitchen paper to drain. Repeat until all the chicken has been fried. Serve hot.


    I have used chicken, turkey, pheasant and partridge and not one complaint!! Instead of using thyme, I have tried mixed herbs, and another time cumin (for an Indian style). Let me know how you have adapted this so I can try.


    Depending on the amount of leftovers you have, you can easily double or triple the seasoning as needed.

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    Roast chicken Sunday, cold Monday, freezing outside Tuesday and still a good bit of breast and wing left. What to make for a working son, out in the cold all day? This answered my quest. Hot and spicy, comfortingly fried and crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, these nuggets were well received. No trouble to make, spices etc. in my spice cupboard (I used smoked paprika), mashed potatoes, carrots and cauliflour, chicken gravy from carcass popcorn chicken is a real hit.  -  06 Feb 2018


    This is perfect and will keep you coming back for more.  -  11 Feb 2015