Foodie Friday: Popcorn Chicken

Popcorn chicken: battered pieces of chicken, with Asian spices

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Looking for something to share with your sweetheart? Delight your tastebuds with some bite-sized, crunchy goodness. Typically sold at vendor stalls in Asia, this is not your typical KFC chicken. The recipe uses a simple mix of flavorful additions, including Chinese five-spice powder. Sometimes basil is sprinkled over the dish for a delish garnish.

If you’re not interested in making these at home, you can drop by your local Chinese restaurant or Taiwanese teashop to scout for some. It even comes with skewers for people to pick and claim their individual pieces. But you can throw away those sticks because you’re with your valentine, right?


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  1. Oh yum. I love five spice anything! :) Thursday I was at dim sum with some friends and we ordered some popcorn chicken and about 17 other lovely little dishes. (We always eat too much!)

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      Same here–I always eat too much at dim sum. We celebrated Chinese New Year with a big group the previous weekend. Even given the amount of dishes we ordered, though, it wasn’t too pricey.

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