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Popcorn Chicken with Raspberry Hot Honey

Baked popcorn chicken is super crispy and crunchy and baked! Serve with a drizzle or dip of fresh raspberry hot honey for extra zing.
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raspberry hot honey

  • 4 ounces fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced

popcorn chicken

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper


raspberry hot honey

  • Place the raspberries and water in a blender and blend until pureed. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl, pressing with a back of the spoon to capture the seedless berry puree. You only need 2 to 3 tablespoons of puree!
  • To make the honey, combine 2 tablespoons of the puree with the honey and sliced jalapeno in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring to combine. Let it cool to room temperature then use as desired - as a dip or drizzle. You can store this in the fridge for a few days!

popcorn chicken

  • Place the chicken pieces in a baking dish and cover with the buttermilk. Cover the baking dish and place it in the fridge for at least 1 hour (or longer).
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a wire rack. Spray the wire rack with nonstick spray.
  • Remove the chicken in buttermilk from the fridge about 15 minutes before making. Combine the flour, panko and spices on a plate with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Take each piece of chicken out of the buttermilk and place it directly into the flour panko mix, tossing to coat. Place it on the wire rack and repeat with remaining chicken. Spritz or brush the chicken with olive oil spray. This is important because it helps the chicken crisp up!!
  • Bake the chicken pieces for 15 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake for 10 to 15 minutes more, until golden and crunchy.
  • Remove the chicken and serve with the raspberry hot honey. You can drizzle it on or use it for dipping!

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