Are you more of a chicken person or a shrimp person? Personally, I am both! Especially when it comes to popcorn sized pieces, having the mixture of the two gives you the ultimate satisfaction because you can pop these little guys in your mouth and get the flavors and textures of both with every other bite.
The chicken and shrimp pieces get drenched and marinated in a southern hot buttermilk mixture, which gives it that nice kick. Then, they are coated with crispy corn flakes, bread crumbs and flour to give them the ultimate crunch and golden brown look when they are air fried.
Speaking of air frying, air frying these is quite possibly the best way to make them. They are much healthier and eliminate the extra, unneeded oils. Plus, they still get extra crispy. I will give you a little tip on what also helps make them extra crispy, ready? Spray the tops of them with non-stick spray. Having that spritz on the tops helps give them that extra crisp.
If you have any picky eaters in the family or you are looking for a crowd pleasing meal, this is it! It is kid friendly, so not only will adults love it, but it’s perfect for feeding a whole family.
Another thing that I love about this recipe is that it is one of those versatile recipes. If you want to just eliminate the shrimp and make popcorn chicken, you absolutely can and vice versa! If you have family members or guests that are not into the Nashville hot flavoring, you can skip that as well and serve them as is with your sauce of choice!
When it comes to the Nashville hot flavoring, you add that at the end when they are done in the air fryer. You make the mixture by combining all ingredients in a bowl and whisking to combine. When ready just baste, brush or toss the popcorn chicken and shrimp with the Nashville Hot flavor and serve immediately. Again, if this is not something you desire, no worries, just skip it. I love also dipping mine in ranch with or without the Nashville Hot on it.
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It’s healthier, yet still has that “fried” taste and texture, this Southern Nashville Hot Popcorn Chicken and Shrimp platter is considered “addictingly good”. Once you pop, you won’t be able to stop! Make these for a snack or a unique dish to pass.
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