Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

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Making homemade Chicken Nuggets in the air-fryer is so much healthier than fast food or frozen nuggets, and so easy to make. Made with chunks of chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then air fried until golden and crisp. These also happen to be egg-free, so they are also great for kids with egg allergies.

Homemade Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets made with chicken breast coated in breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese air fried until crisp, golden and delicious!

Making homemade Chicken Nuggets in the air-fryer is so much healthier than fast food or frozen nuggets, and so easy to make. Made with chunks of chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then air fried until golden and crisp. These also happen to be egg-free, so they are also great for kids with egg allergies.
Chicken Nuggets Air Fryer Recipe

Chicken nuggets are the ultimate kid friendly finger food! But adults love them too. Making homemade Chicken Nuggets in the air fryer is so much healthier than fast food or frozen nuggets, and so easy to make. Made with chunks of chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese then air fried until golden and crisp. These also happen to be egg-free, so they are also great for kids with egg allergies. No air fryer? No worries! Make them in the oven using this Baked Chicken Nugget recipe. You might also like these air fryer chicken tenders and this air fryer chicken breast.

Making homemade Chicken Nuggets in the air-fryer is so much healthier than fast food or frozen nuggets, and so easy to make. Made with chunks of chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then air fried until golden and crisp. These also happen to be egg-free, so they are also great for kids with egg allergies.

I was super happy to test out my original oven Baked Chicken Nuggets in my air fryer. The results came out excellent in the air fryer, they were crispier and took half the time. Whichever way you make them, they will still taste great.

What can be more kid-friendly than chicken nuggets, even the pickiest kids like them! Serve them with ketchup, BBQ sauce or whatever you like to dip your nuggets into. Adults love them too! I like to serve them with lemon wedges and a crisp green salad for lunch.

What is an air fryer?

  • An air fryer is a counter top kitchen appliance that cooks by circulating hot air around food with a mechanical fan at high speed, cooking the food and producing a crispy layer similar to frying, but without all the oil.
  • Traditional frying cooks by completely submerging foods in hot oil. The air fryer works alternatively by coating food in a thin layer of oil while circulating air heated up cooks foods like potato chips, chicken, fish, pork chops, french fries or even baked goods, with 70% and 80% less oil than a traditional deep-fryer.

How to make perfect air fryer chicken nuggets

  • Start with organic chicken, when possible. Trim any excess fat and cut the chicken into equal bite-sized pieces.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket, cook them in batches as needed.
  • Spray the chicken lightly with oil to get a golden crust, and avoid cooking sprays that have propellant.
  • Always turn the chicken nuggets half way, this will ensure even, golden cooking on both sides.
  • If you’re serving everything at the same time and cooking in batches, you can add everything back into the basket once it cooks and heat 1 more minute so everything comes out hot at the same time.

How to Make Chicken Nuggets in the Air Fryer

Making homemade Chicken Nuggets in the air-fryer is so much healthier than fast food or frozen nuggets, and so easy to make. Made with chunks of chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then air fried until golden and crisp. These also happen to be egg-free, so they are also great for kids with egg allergies.

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Making homemade Chicken Nuggets in the air-fryer is so much healthier than fast food or frozen nuggets, and so easy to make. Made with chunks of chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then air fried until golden and crisp. These also happen to be egg-free, so they are also great for kids with egg allergies.
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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

188 Cals 25 Protein 8 Carbs 4.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Yield: 4 Servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch, Snack
CUISINE: American
Homemade Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets made with chicken breast coated in breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese air fried until crisp, golden and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 16 oz 2 large skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into even 1-inch bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons whole wheat Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons panko
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • olive oil spray, I used my Misto

Equipment

Instructions

  • Put the olive oil in one bowl and the breadcrumbs, panko and parmesan cheese in another.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper, then put in the bowl with the olive oil and mix well so the olive oil evenly coats all of the chicken.
  • Put a few chunks of chicken at a time into the breadcrumb mixture to coat, then on the basket.
  • Lightly spray the top with olive oil spray then air fry 400F 8 minutes, turning halfway, until golden.

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Notes

For best results:

  • Start with organic chicken, when possible. Trim any excess fat and cut the chicken into equal bite-sized pieces.
  • Don't overcrowd the air fryer basket, cook them in batches as needed.
  • Spray the chicken lightly with oil to get a golden crust, and avoid cooking sprays that have propellant. 
  • Always turn half way, this will ensure even, golden cooking on both sides.
  • If you're serving everything at the same time and cooking in batches, you can add everything back into the basket once it cooks and heat 1 more minute so everything comes out hot at the same time.

Nutrition

Serving: 4oz chicken, Calories: 188kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 4.5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 427mg, Sugar: 0.5g
WW Points Plus: 4
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99 comments

  1. Is the serving size based on weight before cooking? Or after?

  2. These. Are. The. Best.

  3. This dish was fantastic! Simple to make, paired with fresh buttered carrots and a salad. Was looking for a substitute for frozen chicken nuggets for lunch and I found it. This will be my go to lunch a few times a week. Next up, Chicken Cassoulet with Sausage and Swiss Chard

  4. Can you make ahead and freeze. I run a day care and like to meal prep onSundays 

  5. Kiddo loved it.

    May have added a bit more cheese. I didn’t have Italian seasoned breadcrumbs. so used whole-wheat breadcrumbs and added a bit of dried parsley, dried onion, basil, oregano and some black pepper.

    I am a vegetarian, but looking at him, I can tell these are his new favorites.