Aldi has some amazing frozen breaded chicken options, with the most popular being their “red bag chicken,” but that is by no means the only good chicken option at the discount grocer. My family also likes Aldi’s Parmesan chicken tenders, chicken patties, and crispy chicken strips. We also enjoy the popcorn chicken at Aldi.
Kirkwood Popcorn Chicken cost $3.99 for a 25.5-oz. bag at the time of publication. This is a Regular Buy, which means it’s available at Aldi year round.
The package describes these as “breaded shaped white chicken patties.” They are made with white meat chicken.
The ingredients list is lengthy, but the first few items are chicken breast with rib meat, water, wheat flour, textured soy flour, bleached wheat flour, and enriched bleached wheat flour.
If you’re looking out for allergens, this chicken contains wheat and soy.
One bag contains about eight servings. One serving is eight pieces (89 grams), and one serving has 210 calories, 10 grams of total fat (13% DV), 2 grams of saturated fat (10% DV), 480 mg of sodium (21% DV), 16 grams of total carbohydrates (6% DV), 1 gram of total sugars, 0 grams of added sugars, and 14 grams of protein.
These can be heated in a conventional oven (the recommended method), in the microwave, or in a deep fryer.
To heat in the oven, preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the frozen popcorn chicken on a baking sheet, and heat for 11-12 minutes.
To heat in the microwave, arrange 10 frozen popcorn chicken pieces on a microwave-safe plate. Heat on high for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes.
To heat in a deep fryer, preheat the fryer to 350 degrees. Place the frozen popcorn chicken in a fryer basket and fry for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
I usually bake this chicken or prepare it in our air fryer. It’s good served on its own with some barbecue or Ranch sauce for dipping, and it’s a nice changeup from standard chicken nuggets or chicken tenders. I’ve also found it to be a great base for certain recipes such as Sticky Sesame Chicken, and it does well doused in some of Aldi’s Fusia Asian sauces such as teriyaki or sweet and sour. If your family enjoys chicken, this is a good option to keep in the freezer for an easy meal on a busy day.
Kirkwood Popcorn Chicken is made with white meat chicken, bakes up easily, and is a tasty choice for a simple lunch or a quick dinner. It can be served with dipping sauces, or pour a bottle of teriyaki or sweet and sour sauce over the cooked chicken and serve with vegetables of your choice for an easy Asian-inspired meal.