Baked Popcorn Chicken

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Rated 4.5 based on 5 customer reviews
Baked Popcorn Chicken
Baked Popcorn Chicken


  • 1½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Season chicken with onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Drizzle chicken with olive oil and turn to coat; dredge in panko to coat and arrange on prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
Mealthy tip:

Serve this popcorn chicken as is or with your favorite dipping sauce. Or, if you want to go all out, set out a sampler of sauces. A few suggestions: barbecue sauce, honey mustard, and sweet and sour sauce.


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Sam Dalton says:

We made this popcorn chicken for my kids and they loved it. I've got some picky eaters, so this win was huge for us.

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Greg Jones says:

My kids love this popcorn chicken, including my toddler. Panko breadcrumbs are light and crispy without having to be fried, which makes it a great choice for baking in the oven. This chicken had great flavor too, well done.

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Dominique M says:

Good flavor, moist chicken, crunchy texture. I also added seasoned salt, it was really delicious. Kids also loved it.

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DC Cote says:

Crunchy and delicious! I love the panko breadcrumbs. I had to leave these in the oven a little longer to get the golden color on the outside, but didn't want to leave it in the oven too long because I didn't want them to dry out. I think 15-17 minutes was perfect.

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Rachel Douglas says:

The olive oil dredge worked just ok for me. I think I would have had better luck if I used an egg wash. My favorite part of this recipe, though, was the panko bread crumbs. Extra crispy and crunchy just like I like it.