This Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken Recipe is a healthier version of the fast food snack

This Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken Recipe is a healthier version of the fast food snack

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Stop running to fast food joints for your fried chicken fix. With this Airfryer Popcorn Chicken recipe you can make “fried” chicken that tastes even better than the store and, because it’s air-baked, it’s better for you. Talk about a win-win for your wallet and your waistline!

To make popcorn chicken from the airfryer you only need a few simple ingredients: chicken breast, cornflakes, buttermilk and seasonings such as pepper, salt, garlic powder and paprika. Because you are going to cut your chicken breasts into bite-sized popcorn moulds, this recipe is cooked very quickly in the airfryer (8 minutes at 400 degrees). Serve your popcorn chicken with your sauce(s) of choice and don’t be surprised if your family screams for seconds before you even get a chance to sit down!


Find the full recipe for Cooking Light’s air fryer popcorn chicken here. And if you don’t already own an air fryer, check out this list from our sister site Don’t Waste Your Money’s reviews of the best air fryers here.

Looking for other air fryer chicken popcorn recipes? Here is a recipe for airfryer buffalo popcorn chicken from Eat with clarity. If you like spices, this is the recipe for you! The buffalo sauce gives it a lot of kick, and you can always add extra heat — like cayenne pepper — to your seasonings if you want it even hotter. Serve with a cool, tangy ranch dressing.

Counting carbohydrates? You can also try this keto airfryer popcorn chicken recipe from What did great grandmother eat. This recipe is keto, paleo, and Whole30 approved, so you can satisfy your cravings for fried foods without ruining your diet.


If you’re wondering how popcorn chicken could possibly become paleo or keto-approved, it’s all thanks to coconut flour and pork panko. That’s right: these “panko” crumbs are made with meat instead of bread, so you’re getting a healthy dose of protein and fat with no added carbohydrates. Pork panko crumbs can be hard to spot, but you can find one on Amazonor Make your own Pork panko crumbs by simply grinding the pork rind in your food processor or blender.

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