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Keto Popcorn Fried Chicken

This keto low carb popcorn fried chicken is the closest thing you are going to get to traditional non low carb fried chicken!

I mean, who doesn’t love fried chicken?  It’s so finger licking good that nearly every culture in this world has their own version.

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USA has Colonel Sander and KFC, Italians have their Pollo Fitto, Brazilians have their Frango À Passarinho, Singaporeans have their Shrimp Paste Fried Chicken and even my mom has her own version we call MFC (Mom’s Fried Chicken)!

So we thought it would be fitting for LCA to have it’s own low-carb/keto version as well since we’re a recipe website after all!

For our version, we decided to create a fusion based off of Japanese Karaage and Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken!

For those of you unfamiliar with Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken, it is a popular street food that is addictively delicious !

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It’s often served at street stalls and eaten as a snack.  Usually it is marinaded in spices and then deep fried.  It’s also occasionally topped off with basil which really compliments all the flavors.

Japanese Karaage is also a very popular snack food that is served in pubs called Izakaya’s.  Similarly, the chicken is cut into bite sizes, marinated and then deep fried to perfection.

Since I’m Japanese and my wife is Taiwanese, we decided to mix the best of both worlds and create this fusion fried chicken taking a little from both cultures!

We took the coating mix found in the Taiwanese Fried Chicken and mixed that with the Japanese Karaage marinade and out came LCA’s Keto Popcorn Fried Chicken!

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For this dish, the special ingredients you would need are Soy Sauce, Japanese cooking sake, Sesame Oil, Swerve/Monkfruit, Almond Flour (or Unflavored Pork Rinds), Togarashi (optional) and White Pepper.  You can get these ingredients on Amazon or at a local/Asian supermarket.

Now, let’s get cooking!

Prepping Time 15M

Marinating Time 20M

Cooking Time 5M

Total Time 40M

Net Carb/Serv ~2g

Servings 2

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 6-9 oz Chicken Thigh Skinless and Boneless (about 2-3 thighs)
  • 2-4 Cups Deep Frying Oil
  • 6-8 Basil Leaves
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper

Marinade

Coating

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

2) Grate garlic and ginger with a grinder and add into a small mixing bowl.

3) Combine Soy Sauce, Swerve/Monkfruit, Japanese sake, Sesame Oil into the small mixing bowl and mix well.

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4) Cut chicken into small bite-size pieces, about 1/2 x 1/2 inch and place into a ziplock bag (or a mixing bowl).

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5) Pour sauce into the ziplock bag and marinate for 20 minutes minimum (up to 1 hour) in the refrigerator.

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6) Pour Unflavored Pork Rinds into a food processor and pulse until ground into very fine crumbs.  You can also use your hands to crush the pork rinds if you don’t have a food processorNote – Skip this step if you are using Pork Panko.

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7) Combine ground Unflavored Pork Rinds, Sea Salt, White Pepper and optional Togarashi in a large mixing bowl.  Mix very well to form the coating and set aside.

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8) Once chicken marinating is completed, add enough oil to cover about 1/2 inch from the bottom of the pan (we use a cast iron with good results).  Heat oil up to 350F or until oil starts to lightly smoke.  Once the oil reaches temp, reduce to medium heat.

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9) While waiting for the oil to preheat, chop up some fresh basil leaves and set aside.

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10) Next, drain liquid marinade from chicken, then coat each piece of chicken with coating and set onto a holding plate.  Don’t double stack the chicken otherwise the coating can come off.

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11) Once the oil is ready, carefully place chicken inside without overcrowding (cook 2 batches if needed).  Cook until crust is lightly browned on all sides, about 2 – 2.5 minutes.  You may have to rotate/flip chicken depending on how much oil you used.

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12) Transfer to an oven rack.  If you don’t have an oven rack, use a plate with a paper towel to soak up the oil.

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13) The next step is to refry, so place the chicken back into the oil and refry until the chicken turns to a darker shade of brown, about 1 minute.  Afterwards, place back onto the oven rack and let it rest again.

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14) After letting it rest, transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle on some White Pepper to taste and top with fresh basil.

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Hope you enjoy your low-carb/keto Popcorn Fried Chicken!

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Keto Popcorn Chicken

The BEST Asian Low-Carb/Keto recipe for Popcorn Chicken . Enjoy this delicious appetizer at only ~2g Net Carb / Serving. Step by step directions with pictures makes this recipe quick and easy.
4.8 from 5 votes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian Fusion, Japanese, Taiwanese
Keyword: bread free fried chicken, keto popcorn chicken, keto Taiwanese popcorn chicken, low carb popcorn chicken, low carb taiwanese popcorn chicken, pork rind fried chicken
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Marinating Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 262kcal

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 6-9 oz Chicken Thigh skinless and Boneless
  • 2-4 Cups Deep Frying Oil
  • 6-8 Leaves Basil
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper

Marinade

  • 1/4 Inch Ginger
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Japanese Sake can substitute with Dry Sherry
  • 2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tsp Swerve/Monkfruit

Coating

  • 3 oz Unflavored Pork Rinds

    1/3 Cup if using Pork Panko

  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp White Pepper

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
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  • Grate garlic and ginger with a grinder and add into a small mixing bowl.
    Keto Popcorn Fried Chicken Recipe (26)
  • Combine Soy Sauce, Swerve/Monkfruit, Japanese sake, Sesame Oil into the small mixing bowl and mix well.
    Keto Popcorn Fried Chicken Recipe (8)
  • Cut chicken into small bite-size pieces, about 1/2 x 1/2 inch and place into a ziplock bag (or a mixing bowl).
    Keto Popcorn Fried Chicken Recipe (29)
  • Pour sauce into the ziplock bag and marinate for 20 minutes minimum (up to 1 hour) in the refrigerator.
    Keto Popcorn Fried Chicken Recipe (11)
  • Pour Unflavored Pork Rinds into a food processor and pulse until ground into very fine crumbs. You can also use your hands to crush the pork rinds if you don’t have a food processor. Note – Skip this step if you are using Pork Panko.
    Keto Chaffle Katsu Sandwich Recipe (36)
  • Combine ground Unflavored Pork Rinds, Sea Salt, White Pepper and optional Togarashi in a large mixing bowl. Mix very well to form the coating and set aside.
    Keto Popcorn Fried Chicken Recipe (37)
  • Once chicken marinating is completed, add enough oil to cover about 1/2 inch from the bottom of the pan (we use a cast iron with good results). Heat oil up to 350F or until oil starts to lightly smoke. Once the oil reaches temp, reduce to medium heat.
    Keto Popcorn Fried Chicken Recipe (18)
  • While waiting for the oil to preheat, chop up some fresh basil leaves and set aside.
    Keto Popcorn Fried Chicken Recipe (41)
  • Next, drain liquid marinade from chicken, then coat each piece of chicken with coating and set onto a holding plate. Don't double stack the chicken otherwise the coating can come off.
    Keto Popcorn Fried Chicken Recipe (53)
  • Once the oil is ready, carefully place chicken inside without overcrowding (cook 2 batches if needed). Cook until crust is lightly browned on all sides, about 2 - 2.5 minutes. You may have to rotate/flip chicken depending on how much oil you used.
    Keto Popcorn Fried Chicken Recipe (22)
  • Transfer to an oven rack. If you don't have an oven rack, use a plate with a paper towel to soak up the oil.
    Keto Popcorn Fried Chicken Recipe (23)
  • The next step is to refry, so place the chicken back into the oil and refry until the chicken turns to a darker shade of brown, about 1 minute. Afterwards, place back onto the oven rack and let it rest again.
    Keto Popcorn Fried Chicken Recipe (22)
  • After letting it rest, transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle on some White Pepper to taste and top with fresh basil.
    Keto Popcorn Fried Chicken Recipe (33)

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Nutrition

Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1654mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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