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 air fryer popcorn chicken recipe, you can make “fried” chicken that tastes even better than store bought and, since it’s air fried, it’s better for you. Talk about a win-win for your wallet and your waistline!

To make deep fried popcorn chicken, you only need a few simple ingredients: chicken breasts, cornflakes, buttermilk, and seasonings like pepper, salt, garlic powder, and paprika. Since you’ll be carving your chicken breasts into popcorn bites, this recipe cooks very quickly in the air fryer (8 minutes at 400 degrees). Serve your popcorn chicken with your favorite sauce(s) and don’t be surprised if your family is asking for seconds before you even get a chance to sit down!


Find Cooking Light’s full Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken recipe here. And if you don’t have an air fryer yet, check out this list of reviews from our sister site Don’t Waste Your Money of the Best Air Fryers here.

Looking for more air fryer popcorn chicken recipes? Here is an Air Fryer Buffalo Puffed Chicken recipe from Eat with Clarity. If you love spices, this recipe is for you! The buffalo sauce gives it a lot of heat, and you can always add extra heat — like cayenne pepper — to your seasonings if you want it even hotter. Serve with a fresh and tangy ranch dressing.

Count carbs? You can also try this keto air fryer popcorn chicken recipe from What Great Grandma Ate. This recipe is keto, paleo, and Whole30 approved so you can satisfy your deep-fried craving without blowing your diet.


If you’re wondering how popcorn chicken can possibly be paleo or keto-approved, it’s thanks to coconut flour and pork panko. It’s true: these “panko” crumbs are made from meat instead of bread, so you can get a healthy dose of protein and fat without adding carbs. Pork panko crumbs can be hard to find, but you can find some on Amazon, or make your own pork panko crumbs by simply blitzing pork rinds in your food processor or blender.

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