JFC Popcorn Chicken

JFC Popcorn Chicken
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Make a Bucket of JFC Popcorn Chicken to snack on or include them in dishes like the Famous Bowl with the mashed potatoes or swap out the Mashed Potatoes for some store bought or Homemade French Fries for a JFC Popcorn Chicken Poutine.

Chicken Breast

KFC makes their popcorn chicken in 9-inch x .9 inch bite-size pieces or about 1 inch. Slice the Chicken breast up into roughly the same size and marinate. You should get around 30 – 40 pieces.

Use a Large Chicken Breast (a little over 1 lb). Slice the chicken breast into 1-inch strips and then chop the strips down into 1-inch portions. A bit smaller or larger is perfectly fine.

Popcorn Chicken Marinade

Depending on what style of popcorn chicken you want, use either the Fried Chicken Marinade for KFC Style or the Popeyes Marinade for Popeyes Style. Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes, while the deep fryer is heating up. Then go straight to breading in JFC Frickin Good Chicken Breading.

Fried Chicken MarinadePopeyes Marinade

KFC Style Popcorn Chicken

The Fried Chicken Marinade outlined below is my go-to for marinating any type of chicken for fried chicken. After the chicken has marinated for 30 minutes, they go straight to the breading.

  • 1/2 C Water
  • 1 Chicken Maggi Bouillon Cube (dissolved in the water)
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt & MSG
KFC Popcorn Chicken
KFC Popcorn Chicken

Popeyes Style Popcorn chicken

Use the Popeyes Style marinade to marinate the chicken. This creates a slightly thicker batter when breading, which will use up more JFC Breading. Add in some extra heat with Sriracha or other Hot Sauce for Spicy Popcorn Chicken.

Popeyes Popcorn Chicken
Popeyes Popcorn Chicken

Breading JFC Popcorn Chicken

For KFC Style Popcorn Chicken I use about 1/2 a pouch. For Popeyes Style Popcorn chicken, a whole pouch is needed as it absorbs more breading.

Either one you choose, move the chicken a few at a time into the bowl filled with JFC Frickin Good Chicken Breading while you are shaking the bowl with the other hand. Toss them around gently if doing Popeyes, you want the crevices. With KFC Style you can press the breading in.

Scoop them out and toss to shake off any excess breading. Repeat until all chicken is breaded.

Some of the chicken may go flat from breading or pressing the breading in. Squeeze or plump them up so that they are a round shape. More so for the KFC Style, not so much with the Popeyes style.

Deep Frying Popcorn Chicken

Place all of the Popcorn Chicken into the Deep Fryer Basket with the deep fryer preheated at 350 F. Lower the basket in and give it a shake to avoid any pieces getting stuck together. Deep Fry for 7 – 10 minutes or until golden crisp and there is no more steam being released. Lift the Basket up and shake to get rid of any excess grease and transfer to a plate.

Freezer Popcorn Chicken

Make a big batch of these and then lay them out on a baking sheet to freeze. Once frozen, place the popcorn chicken into a Ziploc bag to freeze and have popcorn chicken on demand. Just take however many you want out and reheat them in the oven or air fryer at 400 F until heated through and crisp.

Saucy Popcorn Chicken

Toss a portion of the Popcorn Chicken in the sauce just the same as you would with wings or serve the sauce on the side for dipping like you would for Chicken Fingers or Chicken Nuggets.

JFC Popcorn Chicken Dishes

Chicken and the Corn

Famous Bowl

AKA Chicken and the Corn is Mashed Potatoes, Corn Kernels, Cheese, Gravy, and Popcorn Chicken.

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JFC Popcorn Chicken

Marinated Chicken Bites, Breaded with JFC Frickin Good Chicken Breading and Deep Fried for some seriously good Popcorn Chicken.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Marinate30 minutes
Course: Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: JFC Popcorn Chicken, KFC Style Popcorn Chicken, Popcorn Chicken, Popcorn Chicken Bites, Popeyes Style Popcorn Chicken
Servings: 4 Portions
Author: JAH


  • Deep Fryer



  • Preheat the deep fryer to 350 F.
  • Dice the Chicken Breast into about 1-inch portions. Add them to the marinade of your choice and marinate for 30 minutes.
    Fried Chicken Marinade for KFC Style or Popeyes Marinade for Popeyes Style.
  • Place JFC Breading into a Large Bowl and add the Chicken a few pieces at a time, while at the same time shaking the bowl to ensure they get well coated in the breading. Toss them around about 20 times. Remove them and shake off any excess breading and repeat until all the chicken is breaded.
  • Place them into the Deep Fryer and give them a shake to ensure none of them get stuck together. Deep Fry for 7 – 10 minutes or until golden crisp and no more steam is being released.
  • Lift the Basket up and shake to get rid of any excess grease and transfer to a plate to cool.


Fried Chicken Marinade

  • 1/2 C Water
  • 1 Chicken Maggi Bouillon Cube
  • 1/2 tsp of Sea Salt & MSG
or use the Popeyes Style Marinade
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