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Cajun Popcorn Chicken

Cajun Popcorn Chicken

Perfect for lunch, dinner or a weekend snack. This Cajun Popcorn Chicken recipe will surely be a hit!
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins


  • lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, Cut into large chunks
  • 2 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • Kosher Salt and Pepper as needed
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Old Bay
  • Canola Oil, for Frying

For the Popcorn Chicken Breading

  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstartch
  • Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Old Bay
  • ½ Teaspoon Cajun Seasoning


  • Season the chicken with the cajun seasoning, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, garlic powder and old bay. 
  • Add the chicken and buttermilk to a large resealable bag. Mix and refrigerate for about 30minutes or up to overnight.
  • Heat 1-2 inches of canola oil in a dutch oven or large pot to 350°F.
  • In a shallow dish, combine the flour, cornstarch salt, garlic powder, old bay and cajun seasoning. Remove the popcorn chicken from the buttermilk marinade and dip each piece in the flour mixture until well coated. Shake off excess flour.
  • Fry a few pieces of the chicken at a time until golden brown and cooked through, about 2-4 minutes per side. Let the cooked chicken rest on paper towels to cool.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!