Crispy chicken pops

These crispy chicken pops are the perfect quick and easy snack or appetizer. A guaranteed crowd pleaser, they’ll be a hit with kids and adults alike.

Crispy chicken pops

Ingredients needed

  • Chicken. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts but you can use chicken thighs too.
  • Flour. All purpose flour.
  • Eggs. 
  • Spices: Smoked paprika, oregano, salt and black pepper. You could add other herbs and spices like garlic powder, onion powder, thyme and parsley.
  • Oil, for frying. I use canola oil but any vegetable oil will work.

Crispy chicken pops

How to make chicken pops

  1. Bread the chicken: Chop skinless, bone less chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces with a sharp knife. Season flour with salt, pepper, paprika and oregano and beat a few eggs into a separate mixing bowl. Dip the chicken first into the flour, then into the egg and again into the flour. You can also use breadcrumbs but the flour gives the chicken a more classic fried chicken taste and appearance. If you want a thicker coating, repeat this process.
  2. Cook the chicken: Heat oil in a large, deep pot over medium-high heat. Fry the chicken pops in hot oil until golden brown and crisp. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon then drain on paper towels before serving.

Can I make this ahead?

The chicken is definitely best served immediately but the chicken can be chopped and kept covered in the fridge for up to a day. The breaded chicken can be kept at room temperature for an hour before frying. Cooked chicken pops can be reheated in a preheated oven for 10 minutes until hot throughout.

Crispy chicken pops

What to serve with chicken pops

These little chicken bites are delicious served with a simple dipping sauce (honey mustard or buttermilk ranch are always delicious) as a tasty snack or appetizer but if you want to turn it into more of a meal, adding a few delicious salads or baked potato wedges is a great idea.

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Crispy chicken pops

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Crispy chicken pops

Crispy chicken pops

These crispy chicken pops are the perfect quick and easy snack or appetizer. A guaranteed crowd pleaser, they'll be a hit with kids and adults alike.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken pops, crispy chicken, Popcorn chicken
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Calories: 423kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 4


  • 500 g (1lb) chicken breasts
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • oil for frying


  • Heat the oil in a large, deep pot.
  • Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized chunks.
  • Place the flour into a bowl and add the spices then whisk well to combine.
  • Place the eggs into a separate bowl and whisk well.
  • Coat the chicken first in the flour, dusting off the excess, then in the egg and again in the flour. You can repeat this step to create a thicker coating.
  • Carefully place the coated chicken in the hot oil and fry for 3-4 minutes until the chicken is crisp and golden brown and cooked through.
  • Remove from the oil and drain on kitchen paper.
  • Serve with fresh lemon and ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce for dipping.


Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 203mg | Sodium: 1357mg | Potassium: 611mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 725IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 5mg


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  1. Nice recipe, the breading is simple but I didn’t have oregano so that might’ve made a difference.