Taiwanese popcorn chicken

Taiwanese popcorn chicken

Taiwanese popcorn chicken

Sun, Mar 28, 2021, 05:55

  • Serves: 4
  • Cooking Time: 20 mins
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • 2-3 chicken breasts, free range  
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 egg white 
  • 150g cornflour or tempura batter mix
  • Sunflower or vegetable oil for frying
  • To serve: 1 handful basil, chopped
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • Smoked sweet paprika 
  • Salt
  • White pepper


1 Dice the chicken into small bite-size pieces. Combine the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and ginger with the five spice, salt, pepper and egg white. Mix well then add the chicken. Ensure it is well coated and leave for at least 10 minutes or overnight in the fridge. 

2 Heat the oil in a saucepan. Once a cube of bread sizzles in it, then it’s ready to fry. 

3 Place the cornflour in a bowl. Coat the chicken in the cornflour. Shake off any excess. Lower the chicken pieces into the hot oil in batches. Fry until golden brown and cooked through, five to eight minutes.

4 Carefully fry some of the basil leaves for the final minute. Stand back when you add the basil as it may spit. Remove the chicken and basil, and leave to drain on a cooling rack over a tray for a minute. Serve sprinkled with the fried basil, fresh basil, spring onions, and a dusting of paprika, salt and pepper.