Air fryer popcorn-coated chicken with honey bbq sauce

You've tried popcorn chicken, now try popcorn-coated chicken.

  • 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Try something new. Using premade popcorn creates a delightfully light crumb and cooking in your airfryer ensures tender chicken in under 30 minutes.
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  • 100 grams packet popped butter popcorn
  • ¼ cup (35g) plain flour
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 16 chicken tenderloins (1.2kg)
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • ½ cup (140g) barbecue sauce
  • ¼ cup (90g) honey
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard


  • 1
    Process popcorn until coarsely chopped; transfer to a shallow bowl.Combine flour, oregano, paprika, salt flakes and mustard powder in a second shallow bowl. Lightly beat eggs in a third shallow bowl. Dust chicken in flour mixture, shaking off excess, dip in egg, then coat in popcorn. Spray generously all over with cooking spray.
  • 2
    Preheat a 7-litre air fryer to 180˚C/350˚F for 3 minutes.
  • 3
    Taking care, place chicken in the air fryer basket; at 180˚C/350˚F, cook for 15 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time, or until golden and cooked through.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, to make honey BBQ sauce, combine barbecue sauce, honey and mustard in a small bowl.
  • 5
    Serve chicken with honey BBQ sauce.


You could also serve the chicken with mayonnaise swirled with sriracha sauce, if you like.

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