Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

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Crispy, spicy Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Nuggets are perfect for the big game or enjoy them for lunch, or dinner.

Crispy, spicy Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Nuggets are perfect for the big game or enjoy them for lunch, or dinner.
Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

These are spicy!! Seasoned with chili powder, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika and dipped in hot sauce, not for wimpy taste-buds! I love buffalo-flavor anything, which is probably obvious by the many buffalo recipes I have on my blog. I decided to try my Baked Buffalo Chicken Nuggets recipe in the air fryer, and I must say they were delicious. The air fryer got the nuggets so crispy with minimal oil. If you love buffalo sauce as much as I do, make sure you try some of my other healthy buffalo appetizers, like Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Skins, Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls, and Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Buffalo chicken nuggets ingredients:

  • Chicken: I use two boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size chunks. You could also use boneless thighs if you prefer dark meat or cut the breast meat into long strips to make buffalo chicken tenders.
  • Spices: Season the chicken with garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, and black pepper.
  • Coating: Dip the chicken nuggets in hot sauce and then panko (gluten-free panko works too). I love Frank’s Red Hot, but feel free to use your favorite.
  • Olive Oil Spray: Spray the chicken with olive oil before air frying.

How long do you cook chicken nuggets in the air fryer?

Air fry the buffalo chicken nuggets for 8 minutes at 400 degrees flipping halfway. A spritz of olive oil with help crisp up the panko. This is the air fryer I own and love, it’s the 7 qt.

What to Serve with Buffalo Bites

I love to serve these buffalo chicken nuggets with the classic sides – celery and carrot sticks with blue cheese dressing. You can also eat them by themselves as a party appetizer or over lettuce with blue cheese dressing for a buffalo chicken salad.

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Bites

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Crispy, spicy Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Nuggets are perfect for the big game or enjoy them for lunch, or dinner.
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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

180 Cals 27 Protein 9.5 Carbs 3 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 16 mins
Total Time: 21 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: American
Crispy, spicy Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Nuggets are perfect for the big game or enjoy them for lunch, or dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast (2 breasts)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder, use ground cayenne to make it hotter
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 cup seasoned panko, or gluten-free crumbs
  • olive oil spray
  • 3 tablespoons Frank's Hot Sauce, or your favorite hot sauce
  • optional: celery stalks and carrot sticks, 1/2 cup blue cheese dressing, for serving

Equipment

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken into small bite sized chunks. Season with garlic powder, paprika, chili powder and black pepper.
  • Place panko in a small bowl. Place the hot sauce in another small bowl.
  • Dip the chicken into the hot sauce a few at a time, then into the crumbs and place on the air fryer basket in a single layer, in batches if needed.
  • Spray the top generously with olive oil and air fry 8 minutes at 400, flipping halfway and spraying the other side when you flip.
    Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Nuggets
  • Serve with celery and carrot sticks and blue cheese dressing, if desired.

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Nutrition

Calories: 180kcal, Carbohydrates: 9.5g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 501.5mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 1g
Keywords: air fryer chicken breast, Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

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  1. Just made these today for this week’s lunch and they’re really tasty. I ran out of panko so used seasoned breadcrumbs instead. Nice and tender and packed with flavor! Another keeper!

    Such tasty recipes on this site; thank you so much!!