Spicy Cajun Popcorn Chicken

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recipe by Octopus Publishing https://octopusbooks.co.uk/

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based on 3 ratings

A homemade version of a fast food classic. Cajun seasoning or smoked paprika will give this simple chicken dish a spicy kick, and buttermilk makes the chicken moist and the coating crunchy and satisfying. This recipe would make perfect party food, or serve with fries and corn the cob for dinner.

recipe updated Feb 3, 2020


  • Chicken breast icon
    Chicken breast
    250 g (about 2 ¼)
  • Fresh chives icon
    Fresh chives
    2 tbsp (about 6 g)
  • Sunflower oil icon
    Sunflower oil
    150 ml (about 142.5 g)
  • Egg white icon
    Egg white
    1 (about 30 g)
  • Buttermilk icon
    75 ml (about 75 g)
  • Smoked paprika icon
    Smoked paprika
    1 tsp (about 2.15 g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    1 pinch (about 0.38 g)
  • All purpose flour icon
    All purpose flour
    50 g (about ½ cup)
  • Salt icon
    2 ½ tsp (about 15 g)
  • Dried oregano icon
    Dried oregano
    1 tbsp (about 2.1 g)
  • Paprika icon
    1 tbsp (about 6.45 g)
  • Cayenne pepper icon
    Cayenne pepper
    1 tbsp (about 6.45 g)
  • Black pepper icon
    Black pepper
    1 tbsp (about 6.45 g)
  • Mayonnaise icon
    ¼ cup (about 108.9 g)


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  1. Add sunflower oil to a clean saucepan
  2. Heat - 180°C
  3. Add egg white, buttermilk and smoked paprika to a clean small bowl
  4. Beat lightly
  5. Season with salt & pepper to taste
  6. Dip chicken breast into the wet ingredients
  7. Add all purpose flour, salt, dried oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper and black pepper to a clean medium bowl
  8. Transfer wet ingredients to dry ingredients
  9. Transfer dry ingredients to saucepan
  10. Fry until golden brown - 3 min, 180°C
  11. Remove with slotted spoon
  12. Pat dry with paper towels
  13. Add mayonnaise and fresh chives to a clean small bowl
  14. Mix with tablespoon until well combined
  15. Transfer chicken to serving plate
  16. Transfer sauce to serving plate
  17. Serve immediately
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