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baked spicy popcorn chicken bites on brown parchment paper with a side of honey mustard.
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Baked Spicy Popcorn Chicken

Incredibly juicy and crispy bites of chicken. These baked spicy popcorn chicken bites are the ultimate appetizer, snack, or dinner option!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
brine30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 119kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb chicken breasts cut into 1/2 inch pieces

Brine

  • 2 cups water room temperature
  • 2 tbsp Kosher salt

Seasoning

  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Coating

  • 3 eggs whisked
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  • Add 2 cups of water and 2 tbsp of Kosher salt to a large bowl and mix well.
  • Trim any fat from the chicken breasts and slice them into 1/2 inch pieces. Place the chicken pieces into the salt water and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Once the 30 minutes are up, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Discard the salt water and pat dry the chicken with a paper towel. Season the chicken with granulated garlic, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  • In a bowl, whisk the eggs. Season the panko bread crumbs with paprika, salt, and chili powder. Dip the chicken in the eggs and then coat it with the bread crumb mixture.
  • Place the chicken on a baking sheet, spray with cooking spray, and bake for 10 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees f.

Nutrition

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 2675mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 439IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg