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In the Library with Toni Tipton-Martin: Popcorn Chicken

In this video, Toni Tipton-Martin tells the tale of “junk food genius” and popcorn chicken inventor, Eugene Gagliardi Jr. 

Published July 5, 2023.

Popcorn chicken has a well-earned home among other snackable takes on fried chicken: chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, and chicken wings. 

While chicken nuggets are often made of blended chicken formed into disks, popcorn chicken is made from bite-size chunks of white meat that are breaded, battered, and fried into golden, crispy, popcorn-size pieces. 

Cooks Countrys Editor in Chief Toni Tipton-Martin gives a more detailed story of the origins of this snack in the video below. 

Check out our recipe for popcorn chicken, inspired by Gagliardi’s invention.


Popcorn Chicken

Bite-size fried chicken is a big seller at fast-food restaurants. Our recipe makes it just as big a hit at home.
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