With its delectable flavor of delicate chicken and flavorful breading, Tyson Popcorn Chicken is the ideal finger snack. And the air fryer improves its flavor and texture even better.
This recipe is my kid’s favorite. It’s delicious, and crunchy and can be cooked within 10 minutes. All you need is a pack of Tyson Any’tizers popcorn chicken and an air fryer.
Enjoy the taste of this dish without the hassle and guilt of deep frying. These bite-sized chicken pieces are a favorite dish for many, and when prepared in the air fryer, they reach a whole new level of crispy perfection.
You can have them as an appetizer or a good midday snack. They are equally good for busy weeknights. Pair them with your favorite dipping sauce and let the party begin.
How to cook Tyson Any’tizers popcorn chicken in the air fryer
The crunchy, juicy, tendering popcorn chicken resembles kernels of popped corn, that’s why they are named Popcorn Chicken.
Whenever I want some tender snacks I just make Tyson Any’tizers popcorn chicken. Some days I have them in my lunch or for a quick afternoon snack. They always turn out perfectly cooked every time I make them.
What you need
- Tyson Any’tizers popcorn chicken
- Cooking spray (optional)
Good quality air fryer. My favorite picks are:
- Ninja Foodi Grill Air Fryer or any air fryer.
Step-By- Step cooking guide
Step # 1 : Preheat
Start with preheating your air fryer. If your air fryer has a preset preheat function then simply press it or else simply run your air fryer empty for 2-3 minutes at 400 F.
Step # 2: Spray fryer’s basket
Next, prepare the fryer’s basket by spraying it lightly with cooking spray or brushing it with cooking oil.
Step # 3: Align chicken popcorn in the basket
Arrange the chicken popcorn in a single layer in the basket, ensuring there’s enough space between them for even cooking. Make sure not to overcrowd the fryer’s basket.
Step # 4: Cooking
Cook at 400 F for 10 minutes. Set the air fryer’s temperature to 400°F and cook for 5 minutes. Then, carefully flip the chicken cubes and continue air frying for an additional 5 minutes.
And that’s it!
Take out the basket after 5 minutes and tender, crispy, and crunchy popcorn chicken is ready to be served! Yay!
Nutritional values of Tyson popcorn chicken are:
- Total Fat 7g( 11%)
- Cholesterol 25mg (8%)
- Sodium 600mg (25%)
- Total Carbohydrate 14g (5%)
- Protein 14g
Notes & Tips
- Don’t skip the oiling step, when you oil the fryer’s basket the chicken popcorn turns out to be crunchier.
- Shake the basket after half time. You can also use tongs for flipping popcorn chickens. The point here is to make sure you give equal time to air frying all sides of popcorn to ensure they are cooked well from every side.
- In case they are not cooked well after 10 minutes, you can air fry again for like 1-2 minutes.
Sauces & dips to try
Thai chili, peanut butter sauce, and curry ketchup are some tempting sauce options you can go for. Honey mustard sauce also works well.
I like to use simple ketchup and buffalo sauce with chicken popcorn. You can use any sauce of your choice, but they taste equally great with different dips.
Other popular brands for popcorn chicken
Meatzza Chicken Popcorn, ITC Master Chef Chicken Popcorn, Keventer Chicken Popcorn, and Venky’s Chicken Popcorn are some most common chicken popcorn brands.
They all are good but Tyson popcorn chicken is my favorite choice.
Side dishes to serve with Tyson popcorn chicken
I personally love having my popcorn chicken with air-fried sweet potato fries, the combination is divine.
Reheating & storing guide
How to reheat?
You can reheat leftover Tyson popcorn chicken in the air fryer. Preheat your air fryer to around 375°F (190°C). Place the chicken in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Reheat for 3-4 minutes, or until they are hot and crispy again.
You can also use the microwave for reheating but I don’t recommend this method. It makes popcorn a little soggy. But still, if this is only the solution then microwave them for 1 minute.
How to store?
You can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Properly stored, it should remain safe to eat for 2-3 days.
You can also freeze them for 1 month but I don’t freeze once cooked frozen foods, as you don’t get the same taste and texture anymore.
What is the best way to cook frozen popcorn chicken?
Air frying is the best way to cook Tyson Anytizers popcorn chicken. It is hassle-free and time saving, moreover very little to no oil is used.
What is the recommended cooking time for frozen popcorn chicken in the air fryer?
10 minutes is the ideal time for air frying. In case your chicken popcorn is extremely frozen, you can increase the time to 1-2 more minutes. I always air fry for 10 minutes using my Ultrean Air Fryer and they turn out perfectly cooked every time.
Is Tyson popcorn chicken pre-cooked?
Yes, Tyson Anytizers popcorn chicken is pre-cooked. You just need to air fry them and they will be ready to go. Besides the taste, the convenience of making them is another supreme reason why everybody, including me, absolutely loves them.
Is air fryer popcorn chicken healthy?
Yes, it is absolutely healthy as compared to deep frying, air frying uses much less oil. That’s why air-fried popcorn chicken is healthier than deep-fried ones.
What is the calorie count of Tyson chicken popcorn?
7 pieces of Tyson chicken popcorn have around 170 calories in them. so if you take more than 7 pieces, calorie intake will increase accordingly.
- Air Fryer
- 1 Pack of Tyson Any'tizers popcorn chicken
- Start with preheating your air fryer. Preheat at 400 F.
- Lightly spray cooking oil in fryers basket.
- Place 8-10 pieces of frozen chicken popcorns in the basket.
- Cook for 10 mins at 400 F.
- Flip the chicken popcorns after 5 minutes. You can shake the basket shake as well.
- And that's it. Your chicken popcorns are ready to be served.