Healthy Air-Fryer Popcorn Chicken Recipe

Dec 19 2023
Sometimes, all we really want are perfect bite-sized pieces of crispy breaded chicken. And by “sometimes,” we mean “all of the time.” This healthy air-fryer recipe gives you delicious popcorn chicken morsels, and all you need are four main ingredients and a few basic seasonings!

Hungry Girl's Healthy Air-Fryer Popcorn Chicken Recipe

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1/2 of recipe (8 pieces): 209 calories, 2.5 total fat (0.5g sat. fat), 434mg sodium, 18.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 1g sugars, 25g protein

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes


1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

1 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. salt

6 oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 16 small nuggets

2 tbsp. whole wheat flour

1/4 cup (about 2 large) egg whites/liquid egg substitute

Optional dips: Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce, BBQ sauce


In a wide bowl, mix bread crumbs with seasonings.

Place chicken in a large sealable bag or container. Add flour. Seal and shake to coat.

Place egg whites/substitute in a second wide bowl. Coat chicken with egg, followed by seasoned bread crumbs.

Spray an air fryer with non-aerosol nonstick spray. Place chicken in the air fryer, and top with any remaining bread crumbs. Spray with more nonstick spray.

Set air fryer to 360°F. Cook chicken until crispy and cooked through, about 12 minutes.


Oven Alternative: Bake chicken at 400ºF until crispy and cooked through, about 16 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Hungry for More Healthy Air-Fryer Chicken Recipes?

Once you’ve popped all this popcorn chicken, here are a few more dishes to cook up…

Chew on this:

Good news: It’s December 19th, National Devil’s Food Cake Day. Make a batch of Yum Yum Brownie Bars using devil’s food cake mix and this bar baking pan—no slicing needed!

Share this healthy recipe for popcorn chicken with that friend who never even puts away their air fryer. (You know the one.)


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