Satisfy your KFC popcorn chicken cravings sitting at home with these KFC Style Spicy Popcorn Chicken bites that are so close to the real thing and are healthier! Dip these little pieces of glory into Sriracha Mayo Dip and enjoy the loud crunch!

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I think I’ve got you covered as far as irresistible fast food goes with this KFC Style Spicy Popcorn Chicken. So the thing is, I’m not a big KFC fan. Sorry KFC lovers. But their popcorn chicken I’m partial to. I know it’s not healthy. And all the calories. After all it’s just pieces of fried chicken. But there is something about them being bite sized and coated in a sweet spicy spice rub that I find so irresistible.

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This is one of those recipes that I get a little obsessive about. Because I need to get it just right before I share it here with all you discerning food lovers. We have a friendly trust thing going on and it means so much to me that we are food loving BFF’s. So this KFC style popcorn chicken was made a total of 6 times before I decided it was good enough to be shared here.

There’s nothing truly special about the fried chicken. I did try a few combinations – double soak in buttermilk, flour + buttermilk + panko + buttermilk coating, skipping the flour completely etc. etc. and I think as far as you use some buttermilk and stick to panko breadcrumbs, the crunch will be LOUD and CLEAR.

What’s special is that spice rub which took slightly longer to get right. But when it did, I had sticky fingers that I couldn’t stop licking.

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It’s just the right amount of sweet + spicy, tasting very very close to the original KFC popcorn chicken. I’d know, considering I’ve been a regular consumer. Which is why I’m the happiest person in the world. Because now I’m having healthier popcorn chicken. Yes, I’m calling these things healthier because while they are fried, we’ll be using good quality, fresh oil at home. There is no added MSG and these things haven’t been frozen and stored for god knows how long! I’m a firm believer that fried food is waaaay healthier if homemade. Do you see how logical my logic is?

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Get me a bowl of this popcorn chicken + sriracha mayo dipping sauce + couch and I’m the happiest potato in the world. Try it, and you will be too!

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