The Best Popcorn Chicken With Sweet Basil (Popular Taiwanese Str

Recipe by Chef #241559
READY IN: 21mins


  • 1
    (3 lb) package boneless skinless chicken thighs (Cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1
    cup thick soy sauce (use Kimlan brand 'Soy Paste', or a thick Terriyaki paste, but try the Soy paste. It has a better fla)
  • 14
    cup sweet cooking rice wine (Try Kikkoman brand Aji-Mirin or any other brand)
  • 3
    tablespoons white pepper
  • 1
    teaspoon Chinese five spice powder (you can choose to omit this ingredient if you absolutely cannot find it , but it adds such a wonderf)
  • 2
    whole garlic cloves, minced. (cut a few into chips so that you can eat those deep fried too. it's really tasty!)
  • 3
    3 tablespoons sugar (sugar or brown sugar = 2 tablsp) or 3 tablespoons brown sugar (sugar or brown sugar = 2 tablsp)
  • 1
    teaspoon sesame oil
  • 10
    ounces sweet potato flour (aka SWEET POTATO starch, used for the coating of chicken)
  • sweet fresh Thai basil (not the Italian Basil)


  • Combine all the ingredients, except the chicken, in a dish or bowl. Mix wel.
  • Cut Chicken into bite size pieces.
  • Combine the mixture and the chicken together.
  • Marinade overnight. (this can keep in the fridge for a few days).
  • TO Fry: Heat oil to 390 degrees (anywhere from 375-390 should be fine).
  • Thoroughly, coat the chicken with Potato Starch.
  • Deep fry in small batches until medium golden brown. (about 1.5 mins ).
  • Toss with Fresh Basil. You could also add the fresh basil into the oil, with the chicken, for the last 3 secs of frying, but the basil will lose some of its flavor. Be careful of the hot oil splattering when you add in basil.
  • Finally, you can sprinkle some extra pepper, salt, and 5 spice onto the chicken if you'd like.
  • Enjoy!