Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken: The Secret Recipe for Extra Crispy and Juicy Result

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken

Many times, when you buy Taiwanese popcorn chicken at the night market, you find it hard on the inside and the outside is not crispy enough. However, when you find the one that is juicy inside and cripsy outside, you will crave it for more.

That’s why making it your own would be the best decision to make since you can eat as much as you want. Here is a secret recipe for Taiwanese popcorn chicken that results in an extra crispy outside, but a juicy and tender inside.

How to Make Crispy Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken

This recipe might be intimidating, but the result would be very satisfying. This Taiwanese popcorn chicke recipe could be better than any version you have ever tried before.

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken
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  • 1-inch cubes from 6 boneless chicken thigs with the skin on (buy here)
  • 6 cups of Vegetable oil (buy here)
  • 2 cups of sweet potato flour (buy here)
  • 3.5 tablespoons of rice flour (buy here)
  • 1.5 cups of fresh Basil (buy here)
  • One egg (buy here)

For the Marinade

  • 1 tablespoon of minched garlic (buy here)
  • 2.5 tablespoons of soy sauce (buy here)
  • 1 tablespoon of five spice powder (buy here)
  • 1 teaspoon of white pepper (buy here)

For the Seasoning Mix

  • 1 tablespoon of Sichuan peppercorns (buy here)
  • ½ teaspoon of kosher salt (buy here)
  • 1 teaspoon of white pepper (buy here)
  • ½ teaspoon of paprika powder (buy here)
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  1. Toast the Sichuan peppercorns on a low to medium heat for a while until they turn slightly brown. Sift it out to remove any unwanted parts.
  2. Grind the peppercorns using a grinder or a food processor to make them turn into powder to be used later as the seasonings.
  3. Mix the chicken with all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl and let it sit for 30 minutes. For the best flavor of the chicken, can leave it overnight in your refrigerator. Make sure to cover the chicken during the marinade. If you want, you can add salt, sugar and chicken buillion to your chicken marinade depending on your preference.
  4. Once the marrinade is over, add one large egg to the chicken and 3.5 tablespoons of rice flour. Mix together to make a batter. Make sure it has a wet consistency. You can also use corn starch, but for a crispier result, rice flour is better.
  5. Since the chicken is covered with batter, you can coat each piece with the sweet potato flour. This flour is what makes a Taiwanese popcorn chicken taste authentic. You can actually substitute it with tapioca starch, but using it is better. Let it sit for 5 minutes to prevent the flour from falling off.
  6. Before frying the chicken, fragrance the oil first by frying the fresh basil for about one minute, or until it is crispy.
  7. Now you can fry the chicken using the same oil until it turns golden brown for about 5 minutes or less, then set aside.
  8. Let the chicken rest for 3 minutes, then fry it for the second time. Double frying will add the crispy texture of the coating and make it stay longer. The skin on the chicken thighs also adds a crispy, nice texture. Add the basil leaves at the end of frying your chicken to make it crispier.
  9. Mix in your Sichuan peppercorns with the other seasoning ingredients and toss your chicken with them. You can adjust the taste of the seasonings to meet your preference, such as adding more salt, pepper, or paprika powder.

Product Recommendations to Make Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken

If you want to end up with a crispy Taiwanese popcorn chicken, here are some tool recommendations and the alternatives.

1. Love Pan 9.5-inch Copper Nonstick Square Deep Fry Pan with Chip Frying Basket

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken

Frying popcorn chicken is best with a deep fryer to ensure that every inch of the chicken is dipped in the cooking oil. This deep fryer is perfect for cooking in six different ways, including frying, sauteing, broiling, braising, steaming, and baking.

Frying your popcorn chicken would be much easier because it features a nonstick coating on the pan. Your popcorn chicken will never peel or bubble. Moreover, it is PFTE and PFOA free, ensuring that your food is free of any harmful chemicals.

The stainless steel handles are heat resistant to prevent you from getting any burnt fingers when cooking. With its aluminum core, it distributes heat steadily and quickly for the best cooking experience.

2. Mueller Ultra Prep Food Processor Chopper

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken

There is a step when you have to grind the peppercorns to create a seasoning mix and this chopper would be very much helpful. This is a lightweight kitchen tool that provides a powerful performance of chopping, whisking, grinding, and pureeing.

Whether you need to chop or grind your vegetables, nuts, fruits, or even meat, this tool is very versatile for many different uses.

All the materials of this food processor are food-grade and safe to make sure you can create healthy food anytime. The easy-to-detach parts also support easy cleaning.

3. Ninja 4-Quart Air Fryer

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken

Although deep frying provides the best taste of popcorn chicken Taiwan, you can make it less oily by cooking it in an air fryer. This can be a great alternative for those who want to avoid eating fried stuff but can’t resist the delicious taste of a popcorn chicken.

This can be the best option for an air fryer since it has a wide range of temperatures from 105 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The nonstick basket is so spacious that it can fit up to 2 lbs of French fries.

You can brush your popcorn chicken with cooking oil and place them on a wire rack. Cook them at 320 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes for the best result, and you can reheat them using this air fryer later when needed.

4. Elite Gourmet Oven

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken

Another alternative to deep frying or air frying your popcorn chicken is to bake it in the oven. You can use the same degree of Fahrenheit when cooking the chicken in the oven as you would using an air fryer. This oven is spacious with a-45 liter capacity to fit all of your popcorn chicken at a time.

Four rack positions can be used to cook different types of foods at the same time. The unique French door design allows you to open one or both doors for more convenience.

Don’t worry about the crust of your popcorn chicken as it has a convection feature that circulates hot air inside the oven to keep your chicken meat tender while making the crust flaky.

Making your own Taiwanese popcorn chicken might not be easy, but the result would be satisfying as you can get the crispy and tender chicken you want.

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