Do you have a soft spot for Tyson Popcorn Chicken? Well, get ready to discover the ultimate method for cooking your favorite frozen Tyson popcorn chicken – in the air fryer! This technique ensures your chicken comes out irresistibly crispy and cooked in no time. The best part? You can apply the same approach to any other brand of popcorn chicken you fancy.
A crispy delight – Air Fryer Tyson Chicken Popcorn
Tyson Popcorn Chicken: A Childhood Favorite
Have you ever wondered what foods people despised as kids and still abhor now? Well, I recently asked my Facebook group for their opinions on this intriguing question. Among the responses, liver and onions came up frequently. Strangely enough, liver and onions were actually one of my favorite childhood foods. I adored it when my grandad cooked it for me, although my parents were utterly repulsed by the idea. It seems they, too, were part of the anti-liver-and-onions faction.
However, my biggest childhood aversion, which I’ve come to appreciate, was KFC. Whenever we stopped for a bite to eat during our travels, KFC would be one option, and I would always glance at other establishments, hoping to find an alternative. The thought of eating chicken on the bone filled me with dread.
But as the years flew by, my husband decided to introduce me to KFC’s boneless chicken and promised that it would be delicious. And you know what? I fell head over heels in love with it. I adored the crispy texture, the tantalizing seasoning, and the fact that I could enjoy some corn on the cob as a side dish. The idea of going back to KFC time and time again became incredibly appealing.
It turns out that the boneless chicken my husband introduced me to at KFC was none other than popcorn chicken, thus kickstarting my addiction to these delightful morsels. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that, on the final day of our Tyson frozen chicken series, we are featuring Tyson Popcorn Chicken.
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Tyson Frozen Chicken on Recipe This
Welcome to our Tyson frozen chicken series on Recipe This! This is our chance to share with you mouthwatering dishes featuring Tyson frozen food cooked in the air fryer. Furthermore, it’s an opportunity to find out which Tyson frozen chicken variety reigns supreme when prepared in the air fryer.
Check out the full collection and stock your freezer with Tyson favorites such as Tyson Chicken Strips, Tyson Chicken Nuggets, Tyson Chicken Fries, Tyson Chicken Patties, Tyson Chicken Wings, and let’s not forget about Tyson Teriyaki Chicken. However, today, we have a special treat in store for you: Tyson popcorn chicken.
What Is Popcorn Chicken?
Popcorn chicken, as the name suggests, originated from KFC. It refers to small, bite-sized pieces of chicken that are breaded and fried to perfection. They are usually shaped to resemble small meatballs. You can use various cuts of chicken to make popcorn chicken, but it’s easiest to prepare it at home using ground chicken rolled in a homemade breadcrumb mixture.
What To Do With Popcorn Chicken?
The answer is simple: air fry it! Popcorn chicken tastes absolutely divine when cooked in the air fryer. Whether you follow this recipe for Tyson frozen popcorn chicken or try our popular air fryer KFC popcorn chicken recipe, each bite will provide a delightfully crispy exterior with a tender and juicy center. The best part? Air-fried popcorn chicken is just as delicious as deep-fried versions but with fewer calories, thanks to the air fryer’s magic.
Can You Air Fry Popcorn Chicken?
Absolutely! Popcorn chicken takes on a whole new level of deliciousness when cooked in the air fryer. You can either make a simple KFC-style popcorn chicken recipe in the air fryer or cook frozen popcorn chicken in this versatile appliance – the choice is yours!
Which Frozen Popcorn Chicken in the Air Fryer is the Best?
We have a soft spot for Tyson frozen popcorn chicken, but feel free to use any brand you prefer. While Tyson Any’tizers popcorn chicken is the most popular choice, you could also explore other options such as Kroger popcorn chicken, Publix popcorn chicken, Costco popcorn chicken, Aldi popcorn chicken, Kirkwood popcorn chicken, or even reheat KFC popcorn chicken in the air fryer.
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Tyson Popcorn Chicken Air Fryer Ingredients
- Chicken: To air fry frozen popcorn chicken, we recommend using Tyson frozen popcorn chicken pieces. However, any boneless frozen chicken will work well in the air fryer.
- Optional: If you desire an even crispier texture, consider spraying the tops of the popcorn chicken pieces with some olive oil spray. Air fry them for a couple of minutes at the highest setting (usually 200°C/400°F).
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How to Air Fry Tyson Popcorn Chicken
- Load: Arrange your frozen popcorn chicken in a single layer inside the air fryer basket, ensuring even spacing for optimal crispiness.
- Cook: Air fry the Tyson popcorn chicken for 8 minutes at 170°C/340°F or until it reaches your desired level of crispiness.
- Serve: Serve the air fryer Tyson popcorn chicken alongside your favorite sauces or dips.
How Long to Cook Popcorn Chicken in the Air Fryer?
Believe it or not, cooking frozen popcorn chicken in the air fryer takes just 8 minutes at 170°C/340°F. As long as you avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket, you’ll achieve perfectly crispy popcorn chicken from frozen in no time!
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This Tyson popcorn chicken air fryer recipe has been updated and was originally shared on Recipe This in 2020.
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