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Baked Buffalo Popcorn Chicken

This Buffalo Popcorn Chicken Recipe is seeping with buffalo spices that is Baked not fried! The crunchy chicken morsels make a fun family dinner, appetizer or Game Day favorite. The chicken is dunked in buffalo sauce then baked with spiced panko and cornmeal to create juicy, crunchy, purely addicting popcorn chicken that is better than any chicken nuggets! You can make the Popcorn Chicken ahead of time and freeze for later then just bake from frozen when those crunchy chicken cravings strike!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6


  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken tenderloins cut into 1" pieces
  • 3/4 cup flour

Panko Breading

Buffalo Egg Wash

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup Frank's hot WINGS Sauce not their regular hot sauce *

Creamy Honey Buffalo Dip

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (I use light)
  • 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (may sub mayonnaise)
  • 1 teaspoon Frank's hot WINGS Sauce


  • Line a baking sheet with foil. Place a baking rack on top of the foil and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • Add flour to a large freezer bag. Mix together Panko Breading ingredients in a separate large freezer bag (or separate large bowl). In a large bowl, whisk together 2 eggs and 1/4 cup hot sauce.
  • Add chicken to flour mixture and toss until coated. Dip chicken in egg/buffalo sauce mixture and let any excess drip off before placing in bag with Panko Breading. Toss with breading until well coated, pressing breading into chicken through the bag.
  • Line chicken on the baking rack, and lightly spray with cooking spray. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and golden. Broil to desired crispiness.
  • Meanwhile, make the Creamy Honey Buffalo Dip by whisking all the ingredients together except the hot sauce. After chicken is done, taste a piece to decide how spicy you want to make the dip and proceed to add hot sauce. (I use a full teaspoon and it is hot how I like it :) Start popping!


*See BELOW for more delicious recipes using Frank's Hot WINGS sauce.