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Crispy Buttermilk Popcorn Chicken in a Waffle Bowl

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 45 min (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 cup buttermilk

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 teaspoons kosher salt

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2- to 2-inch pieces

4 cups vegetable oil

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 head iceberg lettuce, very finely shredded

4 premade waffle cone bowls

1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

Buttermilk Honey Dressing, recipe follows

Buttermilk Honey Dressing:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup yellow mustard

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon minced fresh dill

1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Kosher salt


Special equipment:
a deep-frying thermometer
  1. Place the buttermilk, pepper and 1 teaspoon salt in a resealable plastic bag and add the chicken, turning to coat. Marinate for at least 2 or up to 8 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F and fit a wire rack in a small baking sheet.
  3. Heat the oil to 375 degrees F in a heavy-bottomed pot.
  4. Whisk together the flour, granulated garlic, paprika and remaining 1 teaspoon salt in a dish. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and dredge it in the flour mixture. Shake off the excess and, working in batches, fry the chicken until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to the rack set in the baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while you finish frying the remaining chicken.
  5. To build the bowls, place some shredded lettuce in the bottom of the waffle bowls. Divide the hot popcorn chicken among them, then top with the quartered cherry tomatoes and more lettuce. Drizzle with the Buttermilk Honey Dressing.

Buttermilk Honey Dressing:

  1. Mix together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, mustard, honey, dill, granulated garlic and black pepper in a small bowl and season with salt.
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