Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Chicken

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Searching for the perfect air fryer snack or appetizer? Frozen popcorn chicken in the air fryer would be a good answer!

With nothing but your air fryer and your favorite brand of frozen popcorn chicken, you’ll be dipping away in minutes.

Popcorn chicken goes great with dipping sauces like plum or sweet and sour – and can be part of a quick and easy dinner!

crispy popcorn chicken in bowl with dipping sauce and blue cloth behind
Frozen popcorn chicken in the air fryer turns out perfectly!

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Before you make frozen popcorn chicken in the air fryer, check out these recipe tips for best

  • You don’t have to add any extra oil to these frozen popcorn chickens. Most brands will have a breading that is ready to get crispy.
  • There’s also no need to defrost the popcorn chicken first – just take it out of the freezer and add it to the air fryer.
  • Be sure to spread out the frozen popcorn chicken in the air fryer tray so that they all have room to cook and crisp up evenly.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

To be honest, frozen popcorn chicken in the air fryer is really simple to make. However, if you’d like to see exactly how we make ours, you can have a look at the process photos below.

Otherwise, skip to the bottom of the post for the detailed recipe card with cooking times and temperatures.

frozen popcorn chicken in black air fryer tray
Place the popcorn chicken into the air fryer.

Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the frozen popcorn chicken in the air fryer.

Be sure to spread them out in one even layer so that they can cook and crisp up evenly. If can’t fit this amount of popcorn chicken into your air fryer, cook it in two batches or just make less.

cooked popcorn chicken in black air fryer tray on counter
Crispy popcorn chicken in the air fryer.

Cook the popcorn chicken for 10 minutes total. Remember to give the air fryer basket a shake halfway through (around the 5-minute mark).

If you want the popcorn chicken to be extra crispy, you can cook it for a bit longer.

crispy breaded popcorn chicken in a bowl with dipping sauce behind
Crispy air fryer popcorn chicken – ready to be dipped!

When done, remove the popcorn chicken from air fryer and serve it with your favorite dipping sauce. We like plum or sweet and sour sauce!

Storage Tips

Air fryer frozen popcorn chicken is best served hot out of the air fryer. You can store any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge.

Depending on the brand, leftovers should stay relatively crispy and crunchy overnight until you either eat them cold (we did this and they were still good) or heat them again in the air fryer!

What to Serve Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken With

Air fried frozen popcorn chicken is best served with a tangy dipping sauce like plum sauce or sweet and sour sauce. It makes a great appetizer this way.

If you want to eat popcorn chicken as part of a larger meal, you can always make another side like frozen waffles fries or even homemade French fries!

Related Recipes

If you liked these frozen popcorn chicken, you might also like these other frozen appetizers that are crispy and breaded!

crispy breaded popcorn chicken in a bowl with dipping sauce behind

Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Chicken

Yield: 4
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Chicken is a great bite-sized snack. With nothing more than an air fryer and your favorite frozen popcorn chicken, you'll be dipping chicken in no time!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen popcorn chicken
  • your favorite dipping sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the frozen popcorn chicken in the air fryer. Be sure to spread them out in one even layer so that they can cook and crisp up evenly. If can't fit this amount of popcorn chicken into your air fryer, cook it in two batches or just make less.
  3. Cook the popcorn chicken for 10 minutes total. Remember to give the air fryer basket a shake halfway through (around the 5-minute mark). If you want the popcorn chicken to be extra crispy, you can cook it for a bit longer.
  4. When done, remove the popcorn chicken from air fryer and serve it with your favorite dipping sauce. We like plum or sweet and sour sauce!

Notes

  • Cook time can vary by brand of popcorn chicken and the air fryer you have.
  • There's no need to spray the chicken with oil or defrost the popcorn chicken first. Simply place the chicken into the air fryer from frozen.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 346mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 18g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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    • Thanks for your feedback, Bea! Unfortunately printing the recipe without the image is not an option in the plugin we are using to display the recipe card, otherwise, we’d be more than happy to make this possible.

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