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Popcorn Chicken Adobo

A modern take on the traditional Chicken Adobo. Adobo Popcorn chicken is a crispy fried chicken bites covered in Adobo sauce.

Traditionally, Adobo is marinated then braised until the meat is tender and the sauce is reduced. It’s eaten with some boiled jasmine rice or fried rice.

I was inspired by the Taiwanese popcorn chicken and I thought it would be perfect for Adobo too! I was right, it worked it really well and it’s delicious.

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Popcorn Chicken

500g chicken thighs deboned
130g cornflour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 litre oil for frying

Adobo Sauce

2 bay leaves
2 spring onions
¼ onion
2 garlic cloves
½ teaspoon black pepper
100ml light soy sauce
50ml vinegar
100ml water
2 tablespoons golden syrup or sugar
2 stems spring onions + garnish
oil for cooking
To thicken the sauce add 50ml water and1 tablespoon corn flour



In a bowl, season the chicken with salt and pepper. Put it aside for later. In another bowl mix cornflour, salt, black pepper and garlic powder. Add the chicken into the cornflour mixture. Leave on the side for later.



In a pot, heat some oil and fry the chicken for the first time until it turns white and cook through, take them out of the oil using a strainer and leave them on the side for a few minutes. Fry them for the second time until they are golden and crispy.. Leave it on the side for later.



To make the sauce, heat some oil in a pan. Sauté onion, garlic and bay leaves. Add soy sauce, vinegar, water and black pepper. Bring it to a boil. Add golden syrup and spring onions. Let it simmer for 5 minutes. Taste it, if you want to make it sweeter add more sugar. Pour the thickening mixture while mixing the sauce. The sauce should stick at the back of the wooden spoon. Turn the heat off and add the fried chicken into the sauce. Mix them all up and serve! I garnished it with some fried garlic and spring onions. Enjoy!

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