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Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken

Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, this easy Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken will quickly become a family favorite!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, chicken
Calories: 875kcal
Author: Kasey Schwartz


  • 1-2 pounds chicken breast cut into 1 inch pieces
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • Olive oil


  • In a medium size bowl marinade the chicken in buttermilk, set aside
  • Combine in a separate medium size bowl garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and flour
  • In a small bowl whisk eggs
  • In another small bowl add the cornstarch
  • Remove chicken from buttermilk shaking off the excess milk
  • Roll chicken in cornstarch
  • Dip chicken into egg wash
  • Finally add chicken to flour mixture and coat well, shake off excess
  • Lightly coat air fryer basket with olive oil
  • Set Air Fryer to 390 degrees F and add chicken into basket
  • Cook for 5-10 minutes, depending on the air fryer, or until the chicken is no longer pink inside, shaking halfway through
  • Serve immediately


If they look a little floury at the half way mark spray them with a little olive oil to get them a little crispier


Calories: 875kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 106g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 297mg | Sodium: 2923mg | Potassium: 1955mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 733IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 5mg