Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken 7 Steps
In a bowl, add the chicken, soy sauce, five spice powder, sugar, pepper, salt and garlic. Mix everything, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Fill at least 1/3 of a pot with vegetable oil. Heat up the oil over medium heat until it reaches 350°F.
In a bowl, add the tapioca flour and marinated chicken. Add about 1 tablespoon of water to the bowl, wet your hand and toss the chicken with flour. Toss until beads of starch form on the chicken.
Work in batches and fry the chicken for 5 to 6 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
Use a slotted spoon to transfer the chicken from oil to a paper towel. Season immediately with flaky salt.
On the last batch, once the chickens are almost cooked through, add the basil leaves and fry for 1 to 2 minutes or until crispy.
Serve the chicken with fried basil and enjoy!