Air Fryer Popcorn-Crusted Popcorn Chicken

The next time you make homemade popcorn chicken, bread it in buttered popcorn for a true popcorn experience.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
6 servings


  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¾ teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in bite-sized pieces

  • 6 cups popped popcorn

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • butter flavored cooking spray


  1. Combine cornstarch, salt, paprika, ground mustard, and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Drop half of the chicken pieces into the bag, seal the bag, shake, and let sit 5 minutes while your air fryer is pre-heating.

  2. Set the air fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and preheat for 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, place the popped popcorn in a food processor and pulse to a crumb-like consistency. Place crumbs in a separate resealable plastic bag.

  4. Dip seasoned chicken pieces first in beaten egg, then drop them into the bag of popcorn crumbs. Shake to coat.

  5. Place chicken in the basket of the air fryer. Lightly spray with butter flavored cooking spray. Cook, in batches if needed, for 8 minutes. Flip, mist with spray again, and cook 6 additional minutes.

  6. Using tongs, transfer chicken to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

219 Calories
6g Fat
12g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 219
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Sodium 473mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 264mg 6%

* 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.

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