Air Fryer, Air Fried, Instant Pot, Vortex Plus, BBQ Popcorn Chicken

A very easy and tasty dish, with a few ingredients you have a delicious and healthy meal for the family. This is a family favorite in our house.

Course Dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 large egg

Homemade BBQ Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

If you want it a little spicy, add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper.


  1. Start by seasoning your chicken with salt and pepper.  Cut your pieces into 1-inch pieces.

  2. Then in a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour and baking powder.

  3. In another mixing bowl, blend together the buttermilk, tabasco sauce, and egg (combine well)

  4. Dip the chicken into the flour mixture, shake the chicken after you dip it in the flour mixture to get rid of all of the extra flour.

  5. Then dip the chicken into the buttermilk mixture, shaking off the excess.

  6. Then return the mixture to the flour mixture.

  7. As you coat the chicken either place it in an air fryer basket or Air Fryer tray (both should be sprayed with olive oil, so the chicken doesn't stick, as it is cooking)

  8. Once your tray is loaded, being careful not to overcrowd the basket, spray it generously with olive oil spray.

  9. Set your air fryer to 400 degrees for 5 minutes, then flip them, and cook for another 5 minutes. NOTE: Before you flip them cot them again with a generous amount of olive oil spray.

  10. To prepare the sauce: In a small pan, mix together the ingredients and simmer for about 10 minutes. 

  11. Then add the chicken (cooked) to a large mixing bowl, pour the BBQ sauce over the chicken and toss with tongs to evenly coat. 

  12. Plate, serve and enjoy!