• Serves 4
  • 20 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 9 Ingredients


Just like The Colonel’s only better. No nasty ingredients and tasty to boot.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 600g boneless chicken thigh fillets, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 3 cloves peeled garlic
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tabs soy sauce
  • 1 tabs shaoxing wine
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 2L oil for deep-frying


  1. Mix the chicken with the garlic, ginger, soy, wine, sugar and 5 spice powder and set aside to marinate for 10 mins.
  2. Coat the chicken in the tapioca flour and shake off any excess.
  3. Heat oil in a suacepan to 170C and fry the chicken in batches until golden brown and cooked. Skim off floating flour bits from the oil as needed.
  4. Rub through a mixture of spiced salt (outlined below) and serve on a bed of rice with greens.
  5. For the spiced salt, mix 1 tabs salt, 1/4 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder, 1/4 tsp white pepper and a pinch of chilli powder.


You can purchase tapioca flour in the health food isle at your supermarket.

  • Sounds great and I will definitely try it!


  • Better than KFCs?? Well I must try this then!


  • You had me at popcorn chicken it looks great thanks for sharing your recipe


  • I love this asain inspired popcorn chicken sounds great


  • Drooooooooool! This made me so hungry. I know what me and the kids are making for afternoon tea tomorrow. So looking forward to it.


  • Just the right size to pick up with your fingers


  • This looks great, a pity we do not deep fry in this household. Might try it in the oven to see how I go.

    • Would love to get feedback on how you go with cooking this recipe in the oven.

      • The chicken turned out alright , just turned then over half way of cooking then placed in an oven bag to shake the salt on. Not as good as dry fried , still very tasty.


  • Awesome -we will try your popcorn chicken recipe. It looks good and will make some tummies very happy! :)


  • Love your recipe,will give it a go for sure! Sound’s fantastic!


  • wow this is awesome.. Tapioca Flour – I will buy some…


  • It looks very good!
    The tapioca flour is at the supermarket together with all the baking items.


  • This sounds yummy. could you use plain flour instead of tapioca?

    • Yes, but the texture of the chicken will be different – heavier and gluggier.


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