Tyson’s Popcorn Chicken Air Fryer

A packet of Tysons Popcorn Chicken

If you love Tyson’s Foods products, try Tyson’s Popcorn chicken air fryer! This delicacy consists of bite-sized pieces of chicken, hence the name popcorn chicken. The parts have the perfect seasoning, have a bread mixture, and are pre-cooked. That makes it convenient and easy to prepare at home. In addition, the meat is boneless, skinless, and combines white and dark chicken meat, hence a great alternative to red meat. 

Discover a new method of cooking chicken. Tyson’s Popcorn chicken air fryer provides a flavorful, finger-licking, and highly nutritional diet. Cooking the chicken popcorn in an air fryer gives you a crispy texture and a tasty meal that you can serve plain or dip in sauces. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to cook Tyson’s Popcorn Chicken in an air fryer:

Step 1: Preheat Your Air Fryer

You will begin by preheating your air fryer at 400°F (200°C) to get it hot and ready for cooking, which helps achieve the desired crispy texture. Meanwhile, begin the chicken preparation in step two below.

Step 2: Prepare The Popcorn Chicken

Tyson’s popcorn chicken comes in a package. So, you must remove it to get ready to cook it. Unwrap your chicken pieces and arrange them on a plate or tray. This will allow for even cooking and crispy results. 

Step 3: Set The Cooking Time

This step involves setting the cooking time and temperature for your popcorn chicken. The packaging comes with a cooking time of approximately 10-12 minutes. This time applies if you preheated your air fryer. If you still need to, you may need extra time. The cooking time for Tyson’s Popcorn Chicken in an air fryer can vary slightly and depends on the size of the chicken pieces and the specific air fryer model.

Step 4: Set The Cooking Temperature

The cooking temperature for Tyson’s popcorn chicken air fryer is 390°F (198C°). These temperatures work if you preheated your air fryer, so you should not skip step one (preheating your air fryer at 400°F or 199.9°C).

Step 5: Cook In Batches

Though this is part of step three, we have it in step five to ensure you do not cook large quantities of popcorn chicken in a batch. It is best to cook them in batches to avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket. Remember that overcrowding can hinder airflow and cause uneven cooking. Cook one batch at a time while following each batch’s cooking time.

Step 6: Shake Or Flip

About halfway through the cooking time, you must flip your chicken popcorn. Carefully shake the air fryer basket or flip the chicken pieces with tongs. This step helps ensure even browning and crispy texture on all sides.

Step 7: Check For Doneness

After the cooking time expires, the next step is to check the popcorn chicken’s doneness. Your meat should be golden brown and achieve the recommended internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) for safe consumption. Again, the cooking time will depend on the chicken part that made the popcorn. If needed, you can cook for an additional minute or two to achieve the desired level of crispiness.

Step 8: Serve And Enjoy

Once you know that the popcorn chicken has the correct doneness (internal temperature of 165°F (74°C), you can open the air fryer drawer and lift the basket. Transfer your Tyson’s popcorn chicken air fryer into a serving dish and serve hot. You eat as a snack, appetizer, or part of a meal. The popcorn pairs well with various dipping sauces, or you can add them to salads or wraps for added flavor and texture.

Enjoy your crispy and tasty Tyson’s Popcorn Chicken cooked perfectly in the air fryer!

Nutritional Value For Tyson’s Popcorn Chicken Air Fryer

The nutritional value of air-fried Tyson’s Popcorn Chicken can vary depending on serving size. In this guide, we have an approximate dietary breakdown for a typical serving size of Tyson’s Popcorn Chicken (about 3 ounces or 85 grams):

  • Calories: 220-250 calories
  • Fat: 13-15 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 2-3 grams
  • Cholesterol: 40-50 milligrams
  • Carbohydrates: 10-12 grams
  • Fiber: Less than 1 gram
  • Sugar: Less than 1 gram
  • Protein: 15-18 grams
  • Sodium: 400-500 milligrams

Always obtain the most accurate and specific nutritional information for Tyson’s Popcorn chicken, and ensure that you prepare the meat following the product’s recommendation. That provides precise calorie and nutrient values.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How to fry Tyson popcorn chicken?

A: There are two ways to fry popcorn chicken. You can use your deep fryer or air fryer. The deep fryer cooks by dipping the chicken in hot oil at 350°F/177°C for three to a half minutes. Air frying cooks the chicken without a drop of oil at 390°F/198C° for 10-12 minutes. For both methods, your popcorn chicken’s internal temperature should be 165°F/74°C for safe consumption.

Q: Is Tyson popcorn chicken already cooked?

A: This chicken is fully cooked but not ready to eat. You have to cook it in an air fryer or deep fryer. If you are air frying frozen Tyson’s popcorn chicken, add 3-5 minutes to the cooking time. The cooker uses convection heating which doesn’t need oil but cooks longer than a deep fryer. Store your Tyson’s popcorn chicken at 0°F-17.78°C. The chicken can stay frozen for 365 days.

Q: Can you fry Tyson’s frozen chicken?

A: You can fry Tyson chicken for 3 to 5 minutes in a deep fryer and 10-12 minutes in an air fryer. The cooking time depends on the appliances and the method of cooking. Before air frying, preheat your oven to 400°F or 199.9°C).  

Q: How long to air fry Tyson chicken chunks?

A: The Tyson chicken chunks or nuggets cook for 10 minutes in an air fryer. You must flip them halfway or shake the crisper basket so the chunks cook evenly. You can spray them with cooking spray, but this is optional, as an air fryer can cook without oil.  

Q: How do you know when Airfryer chicken is done?

A: The most accurate way to know your air fryer chicken is ready is by using a digital thermometer to measure the internal temperature. Your meat should attain the 165°F/74°C. Mostly, this temperature is after the end of the cooking time. Add the cooking time if the internal temperature has not hit the threshold.   

Parting Shot

Nothing prevents you from cooking Tyson’s popcorn chicken air fryer. You will not need any oil, as the machine cooks without it. So, no dripping oil and extra calories. Besides, the cooking time is short, approximately 10-12 minutes. Your air fryer will cook the chicken without altering or losing nutrients or adding calorific value. Happy air frying!

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