Copycat KFC Popcorn Chicken In The Airfryer

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Welcome to my copycat KFC popcorn chicken in the Airfryer.

I must admit that I was not always a KFC fan. Okay so that is an understatement. As a fussy teenager I absolutely hated the menu at KFC and would avoid it at all costs.

I remember we always ended up at KFC when we had been travelling down the motorway and needed a food stop. At the time I was a vegetarian so KFC was not exactly a good place to be.

Back then in the early to mid 90’s there was a serious lack of food on the menu and everyone that went there did so for the buckets of chicken pieces and chips. They might have some beans with them but that was about it.

There was nothing delicious at the time such as KFC popcorn chicken and I used to hate going there. But the good thing about these motorway service stops is that there would be at least four places to choose from.

So I would get some money from my dad and go to the café across the way and get some cauliflower cheese then I would have it with some chips from KFC along with some coleslaw and I would be happy.

Though, even back in 2009 while we were out with my parents for lunch I stayed clear. They had the huge buckets and we were next door at McDonalds and watched them eat their huge portions.

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But then Dominic pointed out my problem. I just hated chicken on the bone and had never really liked it from when I started eating meat again. Very soon he had me hooked via the boneless chicken options and the tasty chicken burgers.

This recipe is dedicated to the first time that I had popcorn chicken and how much I loved it. I also dedicate this to anyone that just loves the simple pieces of boneless chicken with a little spice to it.

Sadly they have been replaced in Portugal with something called chicken rocks and I need to put an SOS call out for the popcorn chicken to go back on the menu.

This one of course is done in the Airfryer and not deep fried.

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Copycat KFC Popcorn Chicken In The Air Fryer

Welcome to my copycat KFC popcorn chicken in the Airfryer.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 12
Calories: 44kcal



  • In the food processor blend your chicken until it resembles minced chicken.
  • Set up a factory line with a bowl with your flour and a second bowl with your beaten egg. In a third bowl mix together your KFC spice blend, your salt and pepper and then your bread crumbs.
  • Then like a factory line up make your minced chicken into balls and roll in the flour, the egg and then the spiced bread crumbs.
  • Place in the airfryer at 180c for 10-12 minutes or until cooked in the middle.


I am all for mincing up the chicken breast as it is so easy with a food processor. But if you are good with removing bones thighs and drumsticks make a very cheap alternative.
We have found the best place to source chicken breasts to make Copycat KFC Popcorn Chicken In The Airfryer is from ButcherBox. You even receive free bacon and $10 off your first order when you sign up with this link.


Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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4 thoughts on “Copycat KFC Popcorn Chicken In The Airfryer”

  1. 3 stars
    I have never seen a recipe using minced chicken for this recipe. I am wondering if small pieces of chicken breast could be used without the mincing part? Any time we have had KFC popcorn chicken it is individual pieces of chicken breast. Seems like using pieces of chicken would eliminate the need to roll into balls and require a little less work.

    • Hi Mary

      Using pieces of chicken breast would fine and work well. We just tried to replicate how we received our popcorn chicken and mincing the chicken and rolling it into balls seemed like the best way for us to replicate it as near as possible. It is certainly not the quickest or the cleanest way to do it but we could not think of a better way to get the chicken round 🙂


      Sam & Dom

  2. Hi
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    When you mention ‘2ml’ KFC Spice Blend, do you mean 2grams or 2 teaspoons? Im not sure how to convert 2ml to weight?
    Same with the Bread Crumbs. Is ’60ml’ the equivalent of 60grams?
    Thank you in advance for your clarification.

    • Hi G,

      2ml is just a pinch of the spice blend and 60ml is 4 tablespoons of the bread crumbs.

      Hopes this helps.


      Sam & Dom


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