Actifry Popcorn Chicken

by hintofhelen
Actifry KFC Popcorn Chicken Recipe

KFC popcorn chicken recipe is made easy in the Actifry.

The batter is simple and made with ingredients most households have in the cupboards already. To get the KFC batter texture a seasoned flour mixture is used – the KFC secret spice mix is of course a secret – but this is pretty close!

The Actifry is perfect for recipes like this – minimal oil is used but the result is so crispy and delicious.

Actifry KFC Popcorn Chicken Recipe

These popcorn chicken pieces are amazing dipped into your favourite sauce or served with fresh salad and chips for a guilt-free snack. Even the kids will love these!

Actifry KFC Popcorn Chicken Recipe

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How to make KFC Popcorn chicken in the Actifry

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1. Cut the chicken breast into small popcorn sized pieces

2. In a bowl add all the seasoned flour ingredients

3. And mix to combine

4. Then add 1 tbsp of this flour mixture to the chicken bowl

5.  Stir to coat the chicken evenly

6. Then add the egg and again, stir to coat the chicken

7. Next, transfer the chicken pieces into the bowl of seasoned flour – take care not to get much excess egg into the flour

8. Pour 1 tbsp oil into the Actifry pan and shake the pan to coat the bottom

9. Then add the battered chicken pieces and cook – if you have a Genius model use mode 3 for battered snack. If you have any other model cook for 8 minutes without the paddle, then add the paddle and cook for a further 5 minutes

Yield: 2 People

Actifry KFC Popcorn Chicken

Actifry KFC Popcorn Chicken Recipe

Make KFC style popcorn chicken at home in your Actifry with this simple recipe. Minimal oil for a guilt-free fried chicken snack.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes


  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

Batter (Seasoned flour) mixture:

  • 3 Tbsp Plain Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Granules
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Basil
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Oregano
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt


  1. Chop the chicken into small popcorn sized pieces, then place into a bowl
  2. Mix together the batter ingredients in another bowl
  3. To the bowl of chicken add 1 tbsp seasoned flour mixture
  4. Stir to coat the chicken
  5. Then crack the egg into the chicken bowl and mix to coat the chicken pieces
  6. Next, transfer the eggy chicken pieces into the bowl of seasoned flour (use a fork to bring over a minimal amount of egg from the bowl
  7. Toss to fully coat the chicken in the flour mixture
  8. Next, place tbsp vegetable oil in the Actifry (swirl it round so the base is evenly coated)
  9. Place the battered chicken into the Actifry and cook for 13 minutes - I have a Genius model so I used the 'battered snack' mode - if you have a normal Actifry cook without the paddle for the first 8 minutes, then add the paddle for the final 5 - this will stop the batter coming off when cooking
  10. Once cooked serve with your favourite sides and dip

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 305Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 195mgCarbohydrates 12gProtein 42g

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Mr Konrad 27th June 2019 - 9:01 am

Thanks, only got my Genius XL recently so was good to find a popcorn chicken recipe which tells me which mode to use!

Kath 29th October 2019 - 6:32 pm

Sounds delicious! Would it be possible to increase the quantities to serve 3 (or even 4 people), or would that overload the ActiFry? I have the Genius XL. Many thanks!

Helen 3rd November 2019 - 9:57 am

You can definitely up the quantity 🙂 cook it on the ‘breaded snacks’ mode in the Genius

Angela 9th April 2020 - 5:23 pm

You may want to adjust this post, battered snack mode is mode 3, not mode 2 as stated in this post.

Helen R 12th April 2020 - 9:55 am

Ah you’re right – thanks Angela. Mode 2 is breaded snacks, mode 3 is battered. The modes are quite interchangeable – I’ve updated in the recipe, thank you 🙂

SteveTTT 31st October 2020 - 1:08 pm

I have the Actifry Original…and I have the Snacking Basket. I was thinking that I could put the battered chicken in the basket…and hopefully it would cook and keep all the batter on. What do you think?

Hint of Helen 15th November 2020 - 9:15 am

Hi Steve! I put it in the main ‘pan’ as I’ve never owned a snacking basket – but imagine it’d be great in the basket too / that’s the type of thing it’s made for!

Lynn 3rd March 2021 - 7:09 pm

I have the Actifry plus and I ordered the snack basket attachment – would this recipe work there?

Hint of Helen 15th March 2021 - 10:52 am

Yes I think it would 🙂

Ellen 29th May 2021 - 9:33 am

I have the Actifry original & really appreciated the tip to take the paddle out first 8 mins. It’s been sitting in my cupboard for years as I was only using it for shop bought frozen snacks. My chicken breasts were huge, so I cooked in 2 batches. Next time, I will add white pepper, tone down the paprika, add garlic powder & maybe some garam marsala. I served with aioli & the troops here loved it. Thank you 🙂


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