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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Poppers: A Unique Healthy Recipe

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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Poppers

Who doesn’t enjoy savory snacks? Air fryer buffalo chicken poppers are not only easy to prepare but also irresistibly tasty. Just pop them in the air fryer and cook for 20 minutes at 400°F. Simply delicious and effortlessly crispy!

Perfect for anyone looking for air fryer snacks or healthy party food, these buffalo chicken poppers are sure to delight your guests with their crispy texture and zesty flavor.

Buffalo Chicken Poppers Air Fryer

What You Need for This Recipe

Ingredients List:

To whip up these delicious buffalo chicken poppers, you will need:

  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce (I recommend Frank’s RedHot for that authentic flavor)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Blue cheese or ranch dressing, for dipping
  • Celery sticks, optional, for serving

Essential Tools for Air Frying:

Here are the tools you’ll need to ensure your buffalo chicken poppers turn out perfectly:

With these ingredients and tools at hand, you’re set to create a batch of mouthwatering buffalo chicken poppers that are sure to impress.

How to Make Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Poppers

Preparing Your Buffalo Chicken Poppers

Mix the Dry Ingredients: In a bowl, combine the flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well to blend the seasoning.

Ingredients for buffalo chicken poppers in a bowl

Prepare the Egg Wash: In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until smooth.

Beaten eggs ready for buffalo chicken coating

Ready the Breadcrumbs: Place the panko breadcrumbs in a third bowl.

Panko breadcrumbs prepared for chicken poppers

Coat the Chicken: Dip each chicken piece first in the flour mixture, then the beaten eggs, and finally coat them well with the panko breadcrumbs.

Coating chicken pieces for air fryer poppers

Set Aside: Arrange the breaded chicken pieces on a plate and let them rest for about 5 minutes. This helps the coating stick better during cooking.

How to Cook Chicken Poppers in the Air Fryer

Preheat the Air Fryer: Set your air fryer to 400°F. Allow it to heat up for about 3 minutes. This ensures a crispier texture.

Arrange the Poppers: Place the chicken poppers in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Make sure they do not touch to ensure even cooking.

Placing buffalo chicken poppers in air fryer basket

Cook: Air fry the chicken poppers for 10 minutes. Then, using tongs, flip each popper and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until they are golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Toss in Buffalo Sauce: In a bowl, gently toss the cooked poppers with buffalo sauce until evenly coated.

Serve Immediately: Serve your buffalo chicken poppers hot with a side of blue cheese dressing and celery sticks, if desired.

Served air fryer buffalo chicken poppers with dip

Note: For best results, do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. Cooking in batches may be necessary depending on the size of your air fryer, which ensures each popper cooks evenly and remains crispy.

Nutritional Information

The buffalo chicken poppers made in the air fryer offer a healthier alternative to deep-fried snacks. Below is the nutritional breakdown for this recipe, which makes about 4 servings. This overview will help you understand the calorie count, macro, and micronutrient contents, as well as any allergens present, such as gluten from the flour and breadcrumbs and eggs.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Serving Size: 4 poppers (approx.)

Calories: 280 kcal

NutrientAmount per Serving% Daily Value*
Total Fat9 g14%
Saturated Fat2 g10%
Cholesterol98 mg33%
Sodium1200 mg50%
Total Carbohydrate18 g6%
Dietary Fiber1 g4%
Total Sugars1 g
Protein26 g52%
Vitamin D0.1 µg1%
Calcium30 mg3%
Iron1.2 mg7%
Potassium421 mg9%

Note: Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. This recipe is rich in protein and offers a good balance between carbs and fats, making it a hearty option that fits within a balanced diet. It’s also a significant source of sodium, mostly due to the buffalo sauce; those watching their sodium intake should consider a lower-sodium version of the sauce.

Allergens:

  • Gluten: Found in flour and breadcrumbs.
  • Eggs: Used in the egg wash.

FAQs about Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Poppers

Serving and Presentation

When serving your buffalo chicken poppers, presentation can make as much of an impact as taste. Here’s how to ensure your dish is as appealing to the eye as it is to the palate:

  • Arrange on a Platter: Serve the poppers on a large platter in a single layer to keep them crisp.
  • Dip Options: Accompany them with bowls of ranch dressing, blue cheese dip, or a spicy garlic yogurt sauce to add variety.
  • Garnishes: Sprinkle chopped parsley or green onions on top for a fresh pop of color.
  • Sides: Offer celery and carrot sticks on the side to complement the spicy flavor of the poppers.

Final Thoughts

This air fryer buffalo chicken poppers recipe showcases the simplicity and efficiency of cooking with an air fryer. These poppers are not just quick and easy to prepare, but they also offer a healthier alternative to the traditionally fried snack.

With a crispy exterior and juicy interior, this easy buffalo chicken recipe is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a casual get-together or a special event.

I highly recommend giving this recipe a try to see just how convenient and delicious air fryer cooking can be. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to share them—I’m here to help!

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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Poppers

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Poppers

Who doesn’t enjoy savory snacks? Air fryer buffalo chicken poppers are not only easy to prepare but also irresistibly tasty. Just pop them in the air fryer and cook for 20 minutes at 400°F. Simply delicious and effortlessly crispy!

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce (I recommend Frank’s RedHot for that authentic flavor)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Blue cheese or ranch dressing, for dipping
  • Celery sticks, optional, for serving

Instructions

1. Mix the Dry Ingredients: In a bowl, combine the flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well to blend the seasoning.

Ingredients for buffalo chicken poppers in a bowl

2. Prepare the Egg Wash: In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until smooth.

Beaten eggs ready for buffalo chicken coating

3. Ready the Breadcrumbs: Place the panko breadcrumbs in a third bowl.

Panko breadcrumbs prepared for chicken poppers

4. Coat the Chicken: Dip each chicken piece first in the flour mixture, then the beaten eggs, and finally coat them well with the panko breadcrumbs.

Coating chicken pieces for air fryer poppers

5. Set Aside: Arrange the breaded chicken pieces on a plate and let them rest for about 5 minutes. This helps the coating stick better during cooking.

6. Preheat the Air Fryer: Set your air fryer to 400°F. Allow it to heat up for about 3 minutes. This ensures a crispier texture.

7. Arrange the Poppers: Place the chicken poppers in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Make sure they do not touch to ensure even cooking.

Placing buffalo chicken poppers in air fryer basket

8. Cook: Air fry the chicken poppers for 10 minutes. Then, using tongs, flip each popper and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until they are golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

9. Toss in Buffalo Sauce: In a bowl, gently toss the cooked poppers with buffalo sauce until evenly coated.

10. Serve Immediately: Serve your buffalo chicken poppers hot with a side of blue cheese dressing and celery sticks, if desired.

Served air fryer buffalo chicken poppers with dip

Notes

For best results, do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. Cooking in batches may be necessary depending on the size of your air fryer, which ensures each popper cooks evenly and remains crispy.

  • Author: Suborna Tanchangya
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Air Frying
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4 poppers
  • Calories: 280 kcal
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 1200 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 26 g
  • Cholesterol: 98 mg

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