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Crispy Buttermilk Popcorn Chicken with Creamy Honey Sesame Dip

These crispy bite sized buttermilk popcorn chicken go amazingly with our sweet creamy honey sesame dip. Perfect for sharing as a snack or appetizer.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side, Snack
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: popcorn chicken
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 392kcal
Author: Joyce | Pups with Chopsticks


Buttermilk Marinade

  • 6 boneless chicken thighs (or any cut of boneless chicken)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoons salt

Wet Mix

  • 2 eggs

Dry Mix

Creamy Honey Sesame Dip



  • Cut the chicken up into 1 inch sized chunks and put it in a bowl or ziploc bag with 1 cup of buttermilk, water and salt
  • Refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours, but it's best to leave it overnight.

Mixing the Batter

  • In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and set aside
  • In another bowl, combine all the spices,  starch and flour together and set aside

Deep Frying (First Fry)

  • Set the deep fryer to 320F (160C) (if you are using a high wall pot over the stove, set the heat to medium low)
  • One by one, take each chicken piece and lightly coat the flour mix and dust off the excess flour.
  • Coat it with the egg mixture
  • Coat it again in the flour mixture
  • (Optional) Repeat the egg and flour mixture steps a few more times if you want a thicker batter.
  • Deep fry the chicken in batches for 1 minute. Careful not to overcrowd the pan which will drop the oil temperature.
  • Let the chicken rest on parchment paper or brown paper bags to absorb excess oil

Deep Frying (Second Fry)

  • Set the deep fryer to 350F (177C) (if you are using a high wall pot over the stove, set the heat to medium)
  • Add the chicken back in and cook it for 3-4 minutes
  • Let it cool on newspaper, parchment paper or brown paper bag
  • Enjoy! :)


Serving: 1Servings | Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 13g | Sodium: 1574mg | Sugar: 4g