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5 from 8 votes

Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken

Crispy popcorn chicken that is tender and juicy on the inside and prepared in your Air Fryer!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Julie Evink


  • 1 lb chicken breast cut into 1 inch pieces
  • ½ c. flour
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ c. buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • Olive oil


  • In a medium size bowl combine chicken pieces and buttermilk. Toss to combine and set aside to marinade.
  • In a medium sized bowl combine garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and flour.
  • In a small bowl whisk eggs.
  • In another small bowl add the cornstarch.
  • Remove the chicken from buttermilk and shake off the excess milk.
  • Then roll chicken in cornstarch.
  • Dip chicken into egg wash and 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, Shake the basket halfway through cooking time. The chicken will be done when it has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.


Don’t overcrowd the basket – make sure there is space so the air can circulate. This will ensure they cook evenly.
Depending on the size of your air fryer you may need to cook them in batches. If you do multiple batches you can keep the cooked ones warm in a low oven.


Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 762mg | Potassium: 534mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg