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hot honey chicken poppers in bowl.
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Hot Honey Chicken (Air Fryer)

This hot honey chicken is crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, and made with homemade hot honey sauce! We fried it up in the air fryer.
Prep 40 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 1 hour
Fat 12
Carbs 44
Protein 29
Yield 6


Hot Honey

  • 1/2 cup honey not raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes or 6 thai chiles minced with seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic cloves sliced

Chicken Poppers

  • 1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 4 cups corn flakes
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour or 1:1 gluten-free
  • 2.5 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2.5 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1.5 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3-4 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil


  • Make the hot honey sauce. Add the honey, red pepper flakes or chiles, apple cider vinegar, and garlic to a small saucepan and mix. Heat the honey over medium/high heat and bring to a gentle boil.
    hot honey in pan.
  • Remove the honey from the heat and pour the honey into a mason jar. Set aside to cool.
    Hot honey in jar.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 370-375ºF.
  • Next, slice the chicken into1.5-2-inch pieces and set it aside.
  • Place the corn flakes, flour, garlic powder, salt, pepper, ground mustard, and paprika into a food processor and pulse on low until the mixture has turned into the consistency of bread crumbs. Pour the cornflake mixture into a medium-sized bowl.
    cornflake topping in food processor.
  • Crack the eggs into another medium-sized bowl and add the water. Whisk the two ingredients together until combined.
  • Coating the chicken is going to be a double dredge process. Dredge a piece of chicken through the egg mixture. Let the egg drip from the chicken and then dredge the chicken through the corn flake mixture until the chicken is coated. Next, dredge the chicken through the egg and cornflake mixture one more time and set the chicken on a plate. Repeat this step until all the chicken is coated.
    dredging chicken.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray or oil. Place as many chicken pieces in your air fryer as you can manage without crowding the basket. We could fit about 11 small pieces of chicken in our air fryer. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil over the chicken and cook the chicken for 4 minutes, flip, and cook for an additional 4 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. The second cook time could vary based on what air fryer you use. Repeat this step until all the chicken is cooked.
    air frying chicken.
  • Place the crispy chicken into a large mixing bowl and drizzle ½ cup of hot honey over the chicken and gently toss the chicken with the honey. If you would like more hot honey, add more honey!
    drizzling honey onto chicken.
  • Serve alone or next to your favorite side dishes.
    hot hone chicken in bowl.

Tips & Notes

  • The double dredge is important if you want to end up with very crispy chicken.
  • Keep in mind that everybody dredges differently. If you run out of the egg mixture it could be because you used a different size egg or didn’t allow the egg to drip off for long enough. If you run out of egg mixture, just whisk up another egg. If you run out of cornflake mixture, you can also make more cornflake mixture!
  • How large or small you cut your chicken will determine how long it needs to cook in the air fryer. Feel free to cut your chicken into larger chunks, it will just take a bit longer.
  • Air fryers and air fryer users can vary greatly. Some air fryers are stronger, have different temperature settings, etc. Get your temperature as close as you can to 370-375ºF.
  • Don’t skip the oil in this recipe. The oil is an essential ingredient to air fry as it circulates in the air fryer and fries the chicken.

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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 12g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g