High Five Recipe: Popcorn Chicken

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Here’s what I always wondered as a little girl:

Why DID the chicken cross the road?  And how did he manage not to get hit en route? And if he just wanted to get to the other side, WHAT exactly was on the other side that he was so excited to get to? And why wasn’t he just at home where he was supposed to be? Where was his owner?  

Silly little chicken.

Yes, I will be happy to continue to give you these little morsels of deep thoughts to ponder while you do your dishes.

Here’s the promised recipe for Popcorn Chicken. I don’t suppose the chicken ever suspected he’d be turned into delicious edible items such as this…

Popcorn Chicken

3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 t. sea salt
1/2 t. garlic powder

In a medium sized bowl, stir together flour, salt and garlic powder. Using kitchen shears, cut chicken breasts into tiny bite sized pieces.   Toss chicken in flour mixture to coat well.

Smear a thick layer of butter on the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour coated chicken into dish, spreading so that they are in a single layer.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Stir chicken and bake another 10 minutes.


Oh, you may be interested to know that when Matt and I visited west Africa in ’95, there were all kinds of animals crossing roads at all times of the day…and some of them were chickens. Indeed, it did look as if all they wanted to do was get to the other side. How ’bout that?


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  1. Kristi W. says

    Hey! While the popcorn chicken looks great, what caught my eye is that you went to West Africa in ’95. I grew up there in Sierra Leone as a missionary kid and just wondered where in West Africa you visted. I left in ’94 to come back to the States for good. And, yes, the wild animals are everywhere there!


  2. Bailey Vazquez says

    Oh these sound so good! Looking through for an idea for dinner. Wanted a grill out, but we’re getting a proper downpour, complete with rumbling thunder so it looks like the grill and patio are a no-go. But I love love love home made versions of the KFC popcorn chicken bowl, which suddenly sounds perfect. I’ve always made it with grilled chicken, but popcorn chicken is all that’s needed to make it perfect!


  3. Joellen says

    This has become a staple at our house. I have a daughter who, until about a year ago, was unable to eat more than 20 grams of protein per day due to a metabolic disorder. Last year she had a liver transplant, which fixed the immediate problem, but she’s so used to meat making her sick that it’s hard to choke it down. She’ll eat hot dogs, pepperoni, and some other highly processed meats, but this is the first whole food meat dish that she would actually eat. Willingly. Thank you!

    Oh–I bought some almond flour shortly before she was hospitalized, and forgot why in the three months before we came home. It needs to be used, so I substituted it for the wheat flour in this recipe. We really like it! It somehow enhances the cheese flavor, so it almost tastes like the chicken is coated entirely with Parmesan.


  4. Mervin Hart says

    I dream…of a world…wherein a chicken can cross the road…without having its motives questioned.


  5. Kara M says

    Would coconut oil be able to be substituted for the butter? I have 1 daughter that cannot have dairy.


    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Using coconut oil should work great!


  6. Lindsay says

    Just curious…what country in West Africa did you visit? My family and I are missionaries in Senegal. Were you on a short-term missions trip?


    Laura Reply:

    Ghana and Togo for just a few months one summer. God bless your ministry!


  7. Patricia Yusko says

    Thanks Laura, for all your tips, tricks, simple ingredients, budget friendly, and EASY family friendly recipes. I have two toddlers, and a chef husband, who is used to using fancy ingredients and having complicated recipes, of which I am not qualified or have the time to replicate. We have found that all the recipes we have tried from your site hit the spot!


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