Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken


These crispy chicken bites are made healthier by using an air fryer instead of a deep fryer. Serve these with your favorite dipping sauces.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • teaspoon ground thyme

  • teaspoon dried basil

  • teaspoon dried oregano

  • teaspoon dried sage

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • cooking spray (such as Misto®)


  1. Place chicken pieces into a medium bowl.

  2. Combine salt, paprika, black pepper, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, basil, oregano, and sage in a small bowl. Reserve 1 teaspoon of seasoning mix and sprinkle remaining seasoning on chicken. Toss to coat evenly.

  3. Combine cornstarch and reserved 1 teaspoon seasoning in a resealable plastic bag; shake to combine. Place chicken pieces into bag, seal bag, and shake to coat evenly. Transfer chicken to a fine mesh strainer and shake to remove excess cornstarch. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes until cornstarch is beginning to absorb into the chicken.

  4. Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  5. Spray basket of the air fryer with oil and place chicken pieces inside, making sure pieces do not overlap. You may have to do two batches, depending on the size of your air fryer. Mist chicken with cooking spray.

  6. Cook for 4 minutes. Shake air fryer basket and spray chicken again with oil so there are no dry or powdery areas. Cook until chicken is no longer pink on the inside, about 4 to 5 more minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

153 Calories
3g Fat
6g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 153
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 493mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 209mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love