KFC style Popcorn Chicken – without MSG

KFC style Popcorn chicken- crisp outside and juicy inside

KFC style Popcorn chicken- crisp outside and juicy inside

KFC is a favorite in my home and I am sure in every chicken lover’s home too..After all who can resist the finger licking good chicken they serve at KFC. It is the world’s second largest fast food chain (first is Mc Donalds) and is known to serve the yummiest chicken. There’s fast food and there’s KFC.Their technique of pressure frying  and Sander’s secret spice mix of 11 herbs and spices yields the hard to resist, tastiest,crunchiest and juiciest chicken ever.

Ofcourse nobody does chicken like KFC, but we can try making it at home and get as close to the original as we can. I tried making Popcorn chicken and it was just so good. It is made with chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces ,seasoned and dredged with 11 ingredient herb and spice mix and deep fried. However my spice mix is 10 ingredients only because I omit MSG whenever I cook for kids. If you are trying this recipe you may or maynot want to use MSG.

MSG or MonosodiumGlutamate is a flavor enhancer used commonly by food industry. It gives the 5th taste-Umami.It can be found almost everywhere,ranging from canned foods,frozen dinners, meats,restaurants,fast foods,soups, crackers, salad dressings and much more. It’s found in  local supermarkets, in your child’s school cafeteria and shockingly even in baby food and infant formula.MSG is that secret ingredient which makes all these foods tastier,robust and smell fresher. It leaves that lingering after taste on your taste buds.Though FDA has declared it  ‘safe’, health experts claim that MSG is toxic and can have harmful effects on the human body.

But one thing for sure is that this recipe for Popcorn chicken with my 10 ingredient spice mix makes the juiciest chicken nuggets with a crunchy bite.And since it is made at home with love and care, it is very healthy too. So, why not surprise your kids this weekend with this tasty chicken which tastes just like KFC.

In the pictures you may find the chicken pieces a little bigger than the popcorn size. I did that on purpose. Because I wanted the nuggets to be more moist and juicy. You can cut them into smaller pieces if you wish.


KFC style Popcorn chicken

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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First step:

  • 2-3 chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp.pepper powder 
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch

Mix the chicken with all the above ingredients and leave it covered in the fridge for 4-6 hours. This soaking time is necessary as it makes the chicken moist.

Second step:

                   10 ingredient seasoning

  1. 1 cup all purpose flour
  2. salt
  3. 1 tsp. Red chilli powder
  4. 1 tsp. pepper powder
  5. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp. onion powder
  7. 1 tsp. dried oregano
  8. 1 tsp. thyme
  9. 1 tsp. basil
  10. 1 tsp. red chilli flakes

Except the flour,put all the other ingredients into a blender and blend till well mixed and fine. Now add this spice mix to the flour and mix well. Dredge the soaked chicken pieces in this seasoned flour . Deep fry immediately until golden brown.Drain on a paper towel and serve hot.

Extra tip: I always make extra seasoning (without the flour) and sprinkle some on the fried chicken. It tastes finger lickin’ good,


I am taking this delicious snack to party with my Fiesta Friday friends. Wow! Can’t believe it is the 90th Friday already and it just seems like yesterday. We have some new party co-hosts  Effie @ Food Daydreaming and Lindy @ Lindy Mechefske to help out dear Angie. So let’s not waste time and rush to the party….


58 thoughts on “KFC style Popcorn Chicken – without MSG

  1. Wheeeee i can never ever get enough of those juicy chunks of KFC chicken.. So this post is like a blessing in disguise.. Thanks for sharing it.. 😊Most of the recipes to make deep fried chicken did not work for me.. M surely gonna try this and whats more amazing than getting to skip MSG.. 👌👍👍

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    1. Thanks for the appreciation Neetu 🙂 As a doctor you must be aware of the harmful effects of MSG which is a compulsory addition in restaurant foods. So if we can manage to make something similar at home without the chemical it can indeed be a blessing for us and our families.

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    1. Thank you so much Vidya. It turned out delicious. 🙂
      With so many festivals lined up, I hope you enjoy and have a nice time ahead my dear friend 🙂


    1. Thanks Dana 🙂 Even I wanted to try baking them but wasn’t sure. Maybe if we substitute half the flour with panko bread crumbs it should work well.


    1. Thanks a lot Sandhya 🙂 Actually I made it for my son who loves KFC popcorn when he came over for his vacations last week. And he loved it. I am sure your son will love it too. Do give it a try 🙂


  2. I would love that. Truly. My contact is there somewhere! (seriously to return to your wonderful recipe, stinky cook that I am, . I have one using cinnamon AND it never works. The spice just breaks up in the pan AND, what is left of the supposed secret ingredient tastes wrong. I am no cook but I was looking at your blend of spices and thinking these are not so fragile and taste right . I have bookmarked this. I just know it will work. There you go. x x

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  3. Mhmmm! Homemade popcorn chicken sounds delicious! And, this is something that I can totally make. I love your tip to make extra seasoning, so these are finger licking good. I know that I’ll be grabbing these by the handful. Happy FF, and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  4. Back in the 1980’s I took my first Chinese cooking class and the recipes were loaded with MSG. Of course that ingredient has been a no-no for some time and I have not had that in my pantry for quite awhile. Looks delicious – wish I was having this instead of some pasta tonight 🙂

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    1. I am sure she knew the health hazards of eating commercially available fast foods on a regular basis. Moms are wise and caring…(as kids we don’t realise that) and they know what’s best for their kids. Thank you so much for the kind words 🙂

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    1. Thank you for such a lovely thing to say. You made my day. The chicken turned out real good plus the bonus of it being healthier than its commercial original.


    1. This information is new to me. That was what I have been thinking all these years. Even Wikipedia says that. But as they say you can’t believe everything on the net. Thank you for letting me know and also for liking the recipe ☺👍

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