Crispy Asian Popcorn Chicken Recipe: This 20-Minute Dinner Will Be Gobbled Up Fast by 30Seconds Food

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Crispy Asian Popcorn Chicken Recipe: This 20-Minute Dinner Will Be Gobbled Up Fast

Juicy and oh so crispy, this Asian popcorn chicken recipe is out of this world. Chicken thigh meat is soaked in a marinade full of Asian flavors, then pan-fried to golden perfection. Adults and kids will gobble these little crispy nuggets up!

The flavorful marinade is made with garlic, fresh ginger, sugar, rice wine vinegar, low-sodium soy sauce, oyster sauce, black pepper and salt. Let the chicken marinate at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. The chicken is removed from the marinade and dredged in cornstarch, then pan-fried in hot oil until golden and crispy. Be sure not to overcrowd the pan when frying for the best results. Dinner is done. 

Serve this Asian popcorn chicken recipe with your favorite side dishes. Fried rice would be a good option! This easy recipe can be doubled. 

Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 30 minutes to marinate
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes plus 30 minutes to marinate
Servings: 2



  • 1/2 pound boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • vegetable oil, for frying


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • chopped green onions, for garnish

Here's how to make it:

  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a plastic zipper bag. Add the chicken and marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat about 2 inches of oil in a skillet. 
  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Dredge the chicken pieces in the cornstarch and shake off the excess. Fry in the hot oil until golden brown and cooked through. Remove to a paper towel. Garnish with chopped green onions. 

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Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
My mouth is watering. This is just too delicious to be true! #yum
What a fun dinner idea. 😋
This recipe may be one of my alltime favorites...

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