Popcorn chicken

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KFC Popcorn Chicken

Popcorn chicken is a dish consisting of small, bite-sized pieces of chicken that have been breaded and fried. The idea was originally developed by KFC but has since spread.


Popcorn chicken was invented by food technologist Gene Gagliardi.[1] It was test-marketed in the United States from March 1992, and had been launched nationwide by September of that year.[1] It has been periodically available in KFC outlets. It was re-introduced in the US in 1998, and again in 2001.[2] It was later re-introduced once again in 2015, under the name "KFC Popcorn Nuggets".[citation needed]

It is also available in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand. [3][4][5][6] As of 2018, it is also available in the Netherlands;[7] it has been available in France and Italy since 2019. [8] It is also available in KFC India and is marketed as ‘Chicken Popcorn’.

The product is targeted at teenagers and young adults.[9]

Other versions[edit]

Taiwanese popcorn chicken (Chinese: 鹽酥雞; lit. 'salt and pepper chicken') is a similar concept but uses different seasonings.

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  3. ^ "KFC.co.uk - Chicken Popcorn? Sounds Good - So Good". Archived from the original on 2014-04-13.
  4. ^ "KFC.ca - It's Finger Lickin' Good".
  5. ^ "Regular Popcorn". KFC Australia.
  6. ^ "Popcorn Chicken".
  7. ^ "POPCORN CHICKEN - Best of both worlds". www.kfc.nl. Archived from the original on 2018-11-07.
  8. ^ "Notre Carte". KFC France.
  9. ^ Strategy January 25, 109 Trident, KFC cross-promo BYLINE: Patrick Allossery SECTION: Pg.8