Fried chicken is as American as baseball and apple pie. From basic fried chicken to chicken strips and nuggets, multiple varieties and preparation techniques make this deep-fried treat a very versatile food. Popcorn chicken is one such variation popularized by Kentucky Fried Chicken.
According to Kentucky Fried Chicken, there are 400 calories in an individual-sized box of popcorn chicken. In a large box, there are 550 calories. In a kids box, there are 290.
Though calories are important, you should always consider a food's sum nutritional value. An individual-sized box contains 1,160 mg sodium, large sizes have 1,600 mg and kids sizes have 850 mg. The fat content is 26 g for an individual-sized box, 35 g for a large box and 19 g for a kids box.
Popcorn chicken is not a healthy snack. It maximizes the amount of deep-fried breading in each bite. For a healthier option, look for chicken strips, which have more meat and less breading. Ideally, consider chicken food choices that use grilled or baked chicken instead of fried chicken.
Patrick Hutchison has been doing freelance work since 2008. He has worked as a physical therapy aide and as a writer for various websites including Destination Guides and several travel-related companies. Hutchison has a Bachelor of Arts in history and anthropology from the University of Washington.