Fried Chicken and Pulled Pork Cornbread Poppers

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min


2 dozen

Updated: Jul. 28, 2023
These fun little apps are an instant conversation starter wherever they're served. We love them on game day, but they'd be a hit at brunch, too. —Crystal Schlueter, Babbitt, Minnesota
Fried Chicken and Pulled Pork Cornbread Poppers Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 ounces frozen popcorn chicken
  • 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) cornbread/muffin mix
  • 4 seeded jalapeno peppers or pickled jalapeno peppers, cut into 6 slices each
  • 1/4 cup refrigerated fully cooked barbecued pulled pork
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha chili sauce, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Bake popcorn chicken according to package directions. When cool enough to handle, cut chicken into 12 pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare cornbread mix according to package directions. Place a jalapeno slice in each of 24 foil-lined mini muffin cups. Fill each cup with 1 tablespoon batter. Gently press a piece of popcorn chicken into the centers of half the cups. Spoon 1 teaspoon pulled pork into the centers of remaining cups.
  3. Bake until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Serve with maple syrup; if desired, whisk chili sauce into syrup.
Peppers (Hot)
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

1 mini muffin: 74 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.