Easy Frozen Popcorn Chicken in Air Fryer


Frozen Popcorn Chicken in Air Fryer

Air fryer frozen popcorn chicken is so easy to make, and it tastes fabulous. When you air fry frozen popcorn chicken you get a delicious crunchy texture on the outside of the chicken and of course a delightful flavor inside.

This is so easy to do with frozen chicken, you definitely should give it a try. 

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Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Chicken

Making frozen popcorn chicken in the air fryer is very easy to do, only takes a few minutes for it to cook, and you get deliciously crispy popcorn chicken as a result.

When you cook frozen popcorn chicken in your air fryer you get the best results that is incomparable to microwaving it or even baking it in the oven because it turns out so nice and crispy.

Now, let’s look at how you can go about preparing your delicious air fryer frozen popcorn chicken. 

Frozen Popcorn Chicken in Air Fryer Recipe


Air fryer. You can use any brand of air fryer that you have. We have an Instant Mini brand air fryer, but any brand will work. You may simply need to adjust the air frying times if you are using a larger air fryer. 

Ingredients Needed

Frozen popcorn chicken. There are many different brands of frozen popcorn chicken available. This recipe will work for any brand, simply be sure that your chicken is pre-cooked.

Otherwise, you will want to be sure that the chicken reaches the internal temperature of 165°F before it is consumed. 

Dipping sauce. Feel free to have your favorite dipping sauce on hand so that once your chicken is prepared you can serve it along with your favorite kind of sauce. 

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How to make Frozen Popcorn Chicken in the Air Fryer

Begin by preheating your air fryer to 400°F (204°C) if required for your air fryer. 

Once it is preheated, remove your frozen popcorn chicken from the freezer, open the bag, and pour the popcorn chicken into the air fryer basket so that it is in a single layer preferably with space in between if possible. 

Replace the air fryer basket and close your air fryer. Air fry your popcorn chicken at 400°F (204°C) for approximately 10 to 12 minutes, or until it is warmed all the way through. You can use an instant-read thermometer or simply cut a piece of the chicken open to be sure it is warmed. 

If you would like the chicken extra crispy, continue air frying it for another 2 to 5 minutes, checking on the chicken often so that it does not burn. 

When it is done to your preference, remove the popcorn chicken from the air fryer, serve it alongside your favorite dipping sauce, and enjoy!  

How long to cook frozen popcorn chicken in the air fryer?

On average it will take approximately 10 to 12 minutes to air fry your popcorn chicken when cooked at 400°F (204°C). 

Cooking Time and Temperature

We recommend air frying your frozen popcorn chicken at 400°F (204°C) for approximately 10 to 12 minutes. Please note that these cooking times may vary slightly depending on your specific air fryer. 

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Sauces to Serve Them With

There are many different options for dipping sauces to serve with your chicken. Some favorites include:

Ranch dressing


BBQ sauce


There are many, many options, so feel free to serve them with whatever your favorite sauce is! 

Tips for Success

Cook Frozen. We recommend that you air fry your frozen popcorn chicken directly from the freezer. That’s why you do not have to allow time for your chicken to thaw, and it can be ready in a matter of minutes.

If you do happen to use thawed chicken, then you’ll want to decrease your cooking time that we have recommended above. 

Adjust Time. Depending upon your specific air fryer, you may need to slightly adjust the cooking times for the popcorn chicken.

Each air fryer cooks a little differently from the next, so you may need more or less time in your air fryer.

On average though, planning on 10 minutes of air fry time for frozen popcorn chicken should generally work. 

How to Serve

The best way to enjoy your air fried frozen popcorn chicken is to serve them directly from your air fryer so that they can be enjoyed warm.

You can serve this chicken as an appetizer or as a main dish. You could even add your popcorn chicken into a salad or wrap for a delicious meal. 

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Storing & Reheating

Storage Tips

Room Temperature. Popcorn chicken should be kept at room temperature for no more than two hours before it spoils and has to be thrown away. For longer storage, it can be stored in the fridge. 

In the fridge. Popcorn chicken can last for 3 to 4 days when stored in the air tight container, or sealed in a plastic storage bag and kept in the fridge. 

Reheating Popcorn Chicken

Air fryer. We recommend reheating your leftover popcorn chicken in the air fryer for the best results.

To do this, you can place it back in the air fryer basket at 400°F (204°C) for approximately 5 to 10 minutes or until it is warmed through. 

Microwave. Although this is not one of our desirable methods, you can reheat leftover popcorn chicken in the microwave if needed.

To reheat in the microwave, play in a microwave-safe bowl or plate and cover with a lightly damp paper towel. Microwave for one to two minutes until the chicken is warm. 

Oven. Another way you can reheat your leftover popcorn chicken is in the oven.

To do this place the popcorn chicken on a cookie sheet with rims and placed it into the oven. Bake at 400°F (204°C) for approximately 10 minutes or until the chicken is warm. 

What to Serve Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken With

There are many different things you can serve alongside your air fryer popcorn chicken. Some of our favorites include the following:


Can you air fry frozen popcorn chicken?

Absolutely! Our favorite way to cook frozen popcorn chicken is in the air fryer. When you air fry frozen popcorn chicken it gets a nice crispy texture to it that you cannot otherwise achieve. 

Can you deep fry frozen popcorn chicken?

Yes, you could also deep fry your popcorn chicken if desired. To do this you wouldn’t need oil to fry it in as well as a thermometer to monitor the temperature of your oil. Although this makes very crispy chicken, it is not quite as healthy for you as air frying it. 

What To Do With Popcorn Chicken?

Once your popcorn chicken is prepared you can enjoy it simply by serving it with a dipping sauce as your main dish or appetizer. You could also incorporate the chicken into other dishes such as including it in a salad, or in a wrap. 

What Methods Can You Use to Cook Tyson Popcorn Chicken?

Popcorn chicken can be prepared in a variety of ways. This includes baking in the oven, microwaving in it, air frying it, cooking it in a pan on your stovetop, or even deep frying it. Our favorite method to use by far is the air fryer.

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Frozen Popcorn Chicken In Air Fryer

Making air fryer frozen popcorn chicken is one of our favorite recipes. It’s quick, easy, and produces the best tasting results for your frozen chicken.

We hope that you like this recipe and will give this a try! Be sure to comment below and let us know what you think! Also, make sure that you sign up for our newsletters so that you never miss out on a new recipe. 

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    Faith is the resident baking expert of this sister duo, and first started baking at age ten when she learned to make chocolate chip cookies on her own. From there she went on to have her own night of the week to make dinner for the whole family. She is excited to share amazing recipes and a love of food, and help you become kitchen smart!

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