Oven Baked Popcorn Chicken



Oven Baked Popcorn Chicken is a great way to satisfy your popcorn chicken cravings in a healthy way- they are baked!


My new post again is an amazing appetizer and a great way to satisfy your fried chicken cravings(specially for the kids), here's oven baked popcorn chicken!
My last post was also a bite sized recipe Schezwan Gobi(Cauliflower in Schezwan sauce).Check that out too.Its amazing!
Kids and all of us are so addicted to fast food and specially the fried chicken craze makes us eat out once in a while to feel good.Well,I wanted to slow down our frequent fast food eating habits. I am trying many ways to make kids eat home food and in a better way by oven grilling/baking them instead.This was again another hit at home.
I have shared few of my oven grilled recipes here: Hariyali Chicken,Tandoori Chicken. These both are oven grilled and with minimal butter/oil usage.
Surprisingly,these popcorn chicken turned out so amazing that we did not even realize difference in taste,and very delicious.


Popcorn Chicken


Instead of using bread crumbs,here I used the Golgappa/Pani Puri puffed puri's to coat the chicken. I have lightly crushed these with hands and coated each chicken piece with that. Alternatively,you can do a quick run in a mixer grinder to make some powder and use it too.
These taste best when hot and right out of oven. If you plan to bake them in advance and serve later then the taste will vary,as hot and freshly cooked food always tastes amazing than reheated one.
Since I have used the cornflake consistency of the crushed puri, so it has more chances of getting soggy after a while,if you leave them open as they will absorb moisture. So best would be to bake right before you want to serve.

Popcorn Chicken




Here are few tips to try:

  • Add more spice level to this as this is very mild in flavor by increasing the paprika in the recipe. Also you can add black pepper powder too.
  • If you do not find the golgappa to use in this recipe then you can alternatively use cornflakes too.
  • Add more butter or oil instead if you fry this to be very dry.








Print Recipe

Oven Baked Popcorn Chicken
Oven baked yummy bite sized chicken pieces marinated with buttermilk and herbs!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Lb / 226 Grams Chicken Breast,cut into bite sized pieces
  • For Marination:
  • 1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika Ground /Red Chili Ground
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 No Egg
  • 2 Teaspoon Maida/ All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Buttermilk
  • 3 No Garlic cloves,grated
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter,salted
  • For coating:
  • 20 No Pani Puri / Golgappa(Puri's)
  • 2 Sprigs Cilantro,chopped
Instructions
Preheat the oven at 400F / 200C.
In a mixing bowl,mix all the ingredients mentioned for marination.

Add the washed,clean chicken pieces to it.
Add salt.

Mix well and keep aside for 30 mins.
In a bowl,take all the golgappa and crush them with hands.

As per choice crush the golgappa(I crushed them to consistency of corn flakes so the final popcorn looks with flakes)
Add the chopped cilantro to it.

With a fork,coat each chicken piece with the golgappa mixture.
On a baking tray,arrange a parchment paper.
Place all the chicken pieces evenly and bake for 20 mins or till cooked well.

Serve immediately with dip of your choice.
Enjoy!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 3 Servings



For all of you who do not have idea as what is Golgappa - its a puffed bite size puri,usually used in Indian Chaat/Pani Puri preparations. If you are outside India then you will get it on Amazon and also in any close by Indian Grocery stores.
Almost all Indian grocery stores carry this product.Also its  readily available to order from Amazon too. Here is the link->Pani Puri(Puffed Wheat Snack with Mouth Watering Chutneys)

Here is the picture of Golgappa!







Baked Popcorn Chicken




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50 comments

  1. This is great, I love chicken like this but frying is so much effort so this oven method is much better!

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    1. yes frying is a pain plus all the left over oil cant be consumed again...thank you!

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  2. I love that you made these so tiny--perfect poppable size plus extra coating--YUM!

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  3. So loving your use of puris to coat these delicious and crunchy popcorn chicken - and yay- it's baked too!!!

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  4. I love this idea!! Great for when you're on the go!!

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  5. This looks like a great dish for me to make the grandkids. They love chicken...and this is so much healthier than the fried stuff at the takeout places. Will give this a try soon.

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    1. Yes better than fried one's! Thank you :) kids love these.

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  6. Oh my I can see how I could get obsessed with these popcorn chicken bites. I would and could make them my official Playstation afternoon snack. =D Cool idea Prasanna

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  7. Yum! These sound fantastic! I love the spices you used. They'd be perfect for game day. Pop away!

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    1. Yes! these are over in no time :) Thanks :)

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  8. Chicken popcorn is not only a delicious dish but the name of it is just one of a kind! Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe!

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  9. what a creative coating for the chicken! i will have to try this soon.

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  10. This is my kind of appetizer. I need to make this for my next tapas party! I am pinning this for later and I am going to order some golgappa. Thanks!

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  11. MMM so much better for you than fried popcorn chicken. One to make for my son

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    1. so true , these are frequent at home now.:) Your son will love these! Thank you :)

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  12. I love popcorn chicken.And if they are baked then nothing can get better than this. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Omg I'm drooling right now....this is what I need on friday night!

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    1. Thank you :) These are so common on friday night at my house!

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  14. Oh, wow, these look so good. We eat a lot of chicken, I would love to make this recipe.

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  15. Never made popcorn chicken. Sounds like a great idea. My boys will love this.

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  16. YUM! Nothing like popcorn chicken, whether you're 12 or... well... a mom :) This looks so good!

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  17. Love crispy chicken snacks like this - Especially with some honey mustard or BBQ dipping sauce. Yum!

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    1. Thanks Christine :) yes Honey mustard makes it more interesting !

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  18. These look SOOOO good. I love popcorn chicken! I'm going to bookmark this to make for later. YUM!

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  19. The look great and I love that it's baked and not fried.

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  20. I love that you baked them.. cause I'm not big on frying stuff. But I'm fascinated that you used crushed pani puri for the crust.

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    1. Me too trying to cut down on fried food :) Thank you :)

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  21. Yum these look so good! And you're right, baking them immediately before eating would definitely be the best so they stay nice and crispy. I love that you use fresh oregano, for more flavor and that pop of color

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  22. I used to love popcorn chicken as a kid and have never thought about make my own. I will definitely give it a try now. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  23. I've never used Pani-Puri before. It looks like a fantastic ingredient for these oven baked popcorn chicken! They look great!

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    1. Thank you Michelle :) These gave a nice twist than regular Panko :)

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  24. They look so crunchy and fun! And sound delicious.

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  25. Oh my goodness these look so delish! My kids would LOVE these!!! I'm printing out this recipe as we speak!

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    1. Thank you Amanda :) Your kids would love this way :)

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