High-Protein Popcorn Chicken

Contender for the fakeaway hall of fame? I think so.

Zac Kerr (@counting_zacros), king of the fakeaway, as we like to call him, has made another mouth-watering recipe to rival your local chicken shop. These golden popcorn chicken pieces deliver 49g of protein for just 335 calories in a whole batch. Let’s dig in.

Serves 1 (20 pieces)


  • 200 g minced chicken breast
  • 20 g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 10 egg whites
  • 1-2 spritzes olive oil


  1. Roll your chicken mince into 20 equal balls

  2. Next, take two small mixing bowls. Add flour and the spices into one and mix to combine. Add your egg whites into the other one.

  3. One by one, dip your chicken balls in the egg whites, then roll your flour and spice mixture, and add to your air fryer rack or baking tray.

  4. Spray with olive oil spray and air fry for 11 minutes at 200°C or bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 220°C.

  5. Remove the chicken from the oven/air fryer and, in Zac’s words, “smash”.

Nutritional Facts

Amount per serving

Calories 335
Total Fat 6g
Total Carbohydrates 21g
Protein 49g

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Monica Green

Monica Green

Writer and expert

Originally from South London, Monica graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Philosophy. After discovering a love for the gym whilst studying, Monica was drawn to weight training which helped her hugely through stressful times as a student. From writing for a popular student site, Monica developed her skills as an author, writing trending feature pieces regularly. She is thrilled to be able to combine her love for writing with her passion for the gym. In her spare time Monica loves to cook, try out new restaurants with friends and explore new walking trails.

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