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Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken

A typical Taiwanese street food and one of my favorite snacks! Perfect for sharing at a picnic and wowing your friends with the juiciness of your chicken and the delicious flavor of the five spice.


  • ½ lb boneless chicken thighs, cubed

For marinade

  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed or grated
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch or whole grain flour

For coating

  • Extra cornstarch or whole grain flour
  • (optional) extra salt, sugar, white pepper, chili powder, and Chinese five spice powder


  1. In a bowl mix together the ingredients for the marinade.
  2. Cube chicken thighs into desired sizes. Toss chicken into the marinade and marinate for at least 30 minutes. Make sure every piece of chicken is coated.
  3. Once the chicken is done marinating, preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. The next step is for the coating. You can simply use cornstarch, but adding an extra mix of salt, sugar, five spice, chili powder, and/or white pepper to the cornstarch will add extra flavor to your nuggets.
  5. Put about 4 tbsp of the cornstarch mixture into a clean bowl and fully coat the marinated chicken. The chicken should look fairly dry. If not, add a bit more cornstarch, but don't over do it! The cornstarch coating should look like a light, thin coating but dry to the touch.
  6. Place the chicken on a wire baking rack inside of a foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on the size of your chicken pieces. You can also deep-fry or air fry these for extra crunchiness!
  7. Once done, enjoy on top of some rice or on its own as a yummy snack!