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close up view of the completed air fryer popcorn chicken

Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken

This crave-worthy chicken is perfect for serving up as an appetizer or a main course.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Western
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 204kcal


  • 2 chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • 1 cup (28g) crushed Cornflakes cereal
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (240mL) buttermilk


  • Combine crushed cornflakes, garlic powder, and salt in a dish or a large plastic bag.
  • Pour buttermilk into a separate bowl, dip the cubed chicken in the buttermilk, then roll them in the cornflakes mixture.
  • Press lightly on the Cornflakes coating so it sticks to the chicken.
  • Place chicken pieces in a single layer in the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes at 350F / 176C.
  • Repeat process until all of the popcorn chicken is cooked.


  • Spray your air fryer with cooking spray, or use a piece of parchment to prevent the chicken from sticking to the basket. 
  • If possible, allow the chicken to rest for about 10 minutes after coating and before air frying. This helps the coating to adhere to the chicken. 
  • Leave space between the pieces of chicken.
  • Shake or turn the chicken halfway through cooking. 
  • Check for doneness with a meat thermometer. The internal temperature of chicken should reach at least 165F / 76C.  
  • Purchase Chicken in Bulk - Buy chicken when it’s on sale or buy it in bulk to get the best prices. Freeze what you don’t use right away for later. 
  • Use Stale Cornflakes - Didn’t eat all the cornflakes before they went stale? Save them in a bag in the freezer to use for coating chicken. 
  • Cook Once, Eat Twice -  
  • Make a big batch of chicken and serve it in wraps for dinner the second night. 
There are 3 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving of this.


Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 501mg | Potassium: 524mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg