Salty Peppery Chicken Nuggets

Salty Peppery Chicken Nuggets

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Salty peppery chicken nuggets are the only thing I order when I go to Bubble world, but they usually charge about $10 for a side of chicken. Since that can easily add up, especially if there are more than two people eating, I wanted to try to cook some chicken myself. 

I like to marinate the chicken overnight to infuse it directly with the delicious flavours. If you do not have that much time, try to marinate it for a minimum of one hour. 

I cut my chicken into small bite sized pieces. Chicken thighs will turn out more juicy, but you can also use chicken breast. I have used both, and the chicken breast is also quite good, and I usually have it on hand in my freezer. you want to get the boneless chicken so you do not have to de-bone it. 

I set up two bowls, one with the egg and the other with the tapioca starch. Please use the tapioca starch! It gives it a super crispy flavour with the “pop” that you get from restaurants. If you use anything else, such as corn starch, it will not turn out as well. I can purchase all of these items at my local Asian grocery store (in Canada I usually go to TnT). 

When you deep fry, gently add the chicken and “wave” it around. Then add your next piece of chicken. by adding them one at a time, they won’t all stick together into one massive clump! I learnt this the hard way…

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Fried Chicken

Taiwanese Deep Fried Chicken

Amazing salty peppery chicken nuggets
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 People
Calories 474 kcal


  • deep fryer


  • 3 - 4 chicken thighs - cut into bite sized pieces


  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp five spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tbsp cooking wine
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp sugar

Prep for frying

  • 1 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 egg whisked

Deep Fryer

  • 3 cups Oil for deep-frying


  • Combine all marinade ingredients and marinate chicken for a minimum of 1 hour, or overnight.
  • Prep your deep fryer, and bring it to 350 degrees.
  • To prepare the chicken for frying, dip the chicken in the egg, and then in the tapioca starch. Gently lower it into the oil and cook for 8 - 10 minutes, until golden brown.
Keyword Chicken

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