Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

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 chicken nuggets made with chicken breast chunks coated in breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Fried until crisp, golden and delicious, your family will love this easy air fryer recipe!

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

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 are the ultimate kid friendly finger food! But adults love them too. In fact, I was super happy to test out my original oven Baked Chicken Nugget Recipe 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.

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.

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 chicken nuggets with this air fryer recipe:

  • Start with organic chicken, when possible. Trim any excess fat and cut the chicken into equal bite-sized pieces.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400F.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket, cook them in batches as needed.
  • Spray the chicken lightly with oil to get a golden crust.
  • Turn the chicken half way, the bottom browns more than the top. 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. 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

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188 Cals 25 Protein 8 Carbs 4.5 Fats
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 4 Servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch, Snack
CUISINE: American
Making homemade Chicken Nuggets in the air-fryer is so much healthier than fast food or frozen nuggets, and so easy to make.

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

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F for 8 minutes.
  • 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 8 minutes, turning halfway. Until golden.

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Nutrition

Serving: 4oz chicken, Calories: 188kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 4.5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 427mg, Sugar: 0.5g
Blue Smart Points: 3
Green Smart Points: 5
Purple Smart Points: 3
Points +: 4
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93 comments

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

  2. 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.

  3. So easy to make and taste delicious!  Directions were very easy to follow

  4. This looks really good can’t wait to try it 

  5. My chicken nuggets in the air fryer were so delicious. I already make something similar as an oven “fried” chicken, but it’s not as crispy as the nuggets I made using my same recipe. The crunch was my WOW factor! My chicken was done in 7 minutes! I can’t wait to make this again but with a bigger piece of chicken and make a chicken sandwich like one of those famous chicken places I love. Thank you for such a yummy recipe.

  6. I thought the idea of an air fryer was to use the least amount of oil so it’s healthier. Why do you soak the chicken in oil before the breadcrumbs?

    • I’m so sorry some of these comments are just plane crazy. I’m going to try this out for me and my neices Hopefully it turns out nice!

    • I mean it’s only 2 teaspoons. That’s not a lot compared to other recipes 🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️😂 smh

  7. It says ‘or oven’. Why don’t you include those cooking instructions as well? .I don’t have an air fryer 

  8. How long would you air fry chicken tenderloins instead of nuggets?

  9. Love these, as usual Gina another wonderful recipe! Anyone have experience making extra and freezing for quick future meal? If so, let me know any tips. I just whipped up a lot of them and was wondering how to store.

  10. My kids loved this recipe and they don’t like anything (I mean nothing that they agree on and barely anything that they don’t)! My son won’t eat chicken nuggets but he ate these and said they were “the best meal ever.”  The grownups enjoyed them too. 

  11. Made this tonight but low carbed it..Almond flour, Psyllium Husk and heavy cream…ruined a pound of chicken as I cannot deal with the almond flour and psyllium husk..Not sure husband will eat ..lol…Am going to have to bite the bullet and find a pork rind that doesnt make me sick when I open the bag.

    • I don’t blame you. Why not just use Parmesan cheese as the crust? Use the cheap stuff to try it out. Maybe there’s a low carb cracker or chip you could use?

  12. Easy to make. Delicious to eat! Another super skinnytaste recipe. Thanks!

  13. This recipe is so simple but turns out so great! The longest part of making this is breading each individual nugget which was getting a bit tedious for me, but still it was a fun recipe and definitely kid friendly. You can do so much with these from tossing on a salad or mixing it up with different dipping sauces!

  14. I was not expecting my daughter, aka, the pickiest eater to ever live, to LOVE them! She kept going back for more and I could not be happier. Great recipe! Easy and delicious – what more could you ask for?! Thank you, Gina!

  15. Made these today! Delicious, fast, hubby tested. Served with ST air fryer fries. Great combo! Asparagus too.

  16. Can you make these and freeze them? If anyone has tried, how did it change the cooking time? Did you throw in the AF frozen or thaw first? I am making a big batch and want to freeze some to have on hand! Thanks!

  17. My husband and I loved these! I added some spices to the Panko mixture. 

  18. just seen your recipe on chicken nuggets baked in he oven site. went there and it said site cant be found please help with new info tyvm

  19. I’ve enjoyed your cookbooks for many years and this recipe is yet another winner. I don’t eat much fast food, but my husband asked me to make chicken nuggets. I told him I would but would use the recipe of my choosing. He loved these nuggets and asked for the recipe to share with his work colleagues who recently bought an AF.
    Thank you for all of your efforts in creating delicious and healthy recipes.

  20. Delicious! While time consuming to batch cook the nuggets, the results were worth it. Also, I made a triple batch so that it probably why it felt time consuming. 😉 Even my picky eater loved it!

  21. We made these tonight and they turned out AMAZING. My toddler who has a pretty limited diet for medical reasons absolutely loves them, thank you! The only change I made was to soak the meat in low-fat buttermilk instead of olive oil to increase the caloric intake for my daughter, and they came out so tender. This will be a regular addition to our weekly menu.

  22. I am trying this tonight but I realized I bought “traditional Panko bread crumbs” and don’t have Panko by itself. Do you think it’ll be fine?

  23. I don’t have an air fryer

  24. This recipe came out perfectly! My air fryer doesn’t go to 400 but 390 for 8 minutes made the most perfectly crispy nuggets. The inside was white and juicy. I’ll never buy chicken nuggets again!

    *We are on a dairy free diet, but I mixed Mrs. Dash chicken seasoning into the panko mix.

  25. I put the ingredients in the WW recipe builder and came up with 2 points per serving. Am I missing something?

    • The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”)

      The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting 0 points foods such as eggs, chicken, fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, that is why.

  26. I can’t get enough of these nuggets. Very very good.

  27. I made this tonight – so good!  My little kids are still skeptical but my 12yo liked them so that is a win to me!

  28. Family loved these. I used garlic and herb flavored breadcrumbs (just because that is what I had in my pantry).  Can’t wait to try more of your air fryer recipes 🙂 

  29. Oh wow! These are nothing like the frozen nuggets or the fast food nuggets. These are so good, I was amazed it was chicken. We loved them and will definitely have them again. And again. And again! Thanks for the recipe!!!!

  30. So good! We didn’t have Italian breadcrumbs, so used Italian seasoning  with our Panko. Have a tiny Dash air fryer and love it. Made some Greek yogurt ranch from SkinnyMS to go with. Soooo good! 

  31. Any experience with the cuisine art air fryer convention/toaster oven?  I seem to be burning everything in it! Or it’s burning outside and under cooked in inside.  

  32. These turned out great. We followed the recipe exactly as it says. We will definitely make these again!

  33. I suppose if you did tenders rather than nuggets as long as they were still total 4 oz? 3 FS points?

  34. Oops, sorry, I forgot to put my rating.

  35. Just made these for dinner tonight for my husband and myself. They were quick, easy and delicious. Had enough for our lunches tomorrow, his a wrap, mine in a salad.

  36. Just made the air fried chicken nuggets. They were really great tasting! But I do have a question. How do get the breadcrumbs to stick to the chicken? The crumbs did stick in some spots, but not the whole nugget. I followed the recipe exactly. What else can I do? Thanks.

  37. Gina, love all that you do. Was going to make these for a party this weekend and realize that it will take several batches (making 4lbs of chicken). You think making them ahead of time, putting them in the fridge and then reheating at 350 will ruin the coating? Wondering if, for this application, I should just use the oven method. Thanks!

  38. Delish! But I don’t care for cracker crumbs, so I used 12 reduced fat “Ritz” crackers (12=5sp) which made about 1/3 cup, crushed up, for my breading. So good! Made wraps, then used the chicken for salad the next day.

  39. Wow. Very good. 

  40. I just made these as a snack for my hubby & 6 year old son, they devoured them & asked for them at dinner too 🙂 

  41. Hi Gina, I made these with white breadcrumbs. they were wonderful.
    Do you happen to have a link to where I can buy the wheat Italian breadcrumbs? Cannot find anywhere. Thanks

  42. Looking for an air fryer. Just converted to the instapot (not here yet). Which is the best air fryer?

  43. This was amazing! Kids and i ate it and everyone loved it.

  44. Love this! Thank you! I didn’t know that you had an air fryer recipe, so I was going off of the original recipe and winging it in my air fryer. I was just getting on here to leave a comment on the original recipe to do 400* for 8 minutes and that’s exactly what your air fryer directions say! I felt pretty good about myself!

    And I think they turned out even better, juicer from the air fryer!

  45. Made these tonight for dinner. So good and supper easy!

  46. Hi Gina, I’m so happy that you have air fryer recipes! I have a question about the chicken nuggets points. Are the sp the same as the new freestyle program points. It seems to me the chicken is free except for the crumbs and cheese. Just wanted to be sure. Thank you…….Diane

  47. Aldi’s’ has them but not all the time. You have to watch.

  48. What brand whole wheat breadcrumbs do you use and where do you get them? My store doesn’t have any.

    • For bread crumbs I use, home made whole wheat bread, lightly toasted then air dried in the oven. when dried I beak the slices into smaller pieces. place in a very large zip lock bag and using my rolling pin crush the bread into crumbs, you can make it as fine as desired. then I add in dried crushed herb and grated
      Asiago of parm cheese. The amounts you add are to your taste. store in a airtight container. Any Bread works, its your preference.

  49. Hi Gina!
    I just bought your crock pot book as my Christmas gift to me! 
    I have your book that has this recipe in it for the oven version, and we LOVE it! The only reason I haven’t bought a air fryer is I thought they were only great for PRE battered frozen type foods, and have left questions about air fryers, if I could use fresh batter. Most answers say no.
    Anyhoo, Im guessing at least one can “coat” foods and they will be crispy in the air fryer?
    Any help is appreciated….
    Thanks soooo much, I brag on your books on Facebook all the time 🙂
    Gail 

  50. I’ve never heard of an air fryer before, but it sounds like an appliance I want! I’m all about cooking things in a healthy way. Thanks for sharing this post. I’m going to save it to share with my Facebook audience soon.

  51. Hi Gina,

    How long do you normally cook them on each side?

  52. I am confused as to what purpose the baking sheet plays in this recipe. Is that just a “leftover” from the oven-baked chicken nuggets recipe? If not, I guess I’m not getting it.

  53. Gina I have the farberware airfryer 2 pound. Can the recipe be adjusted for my fryer?

  54. Do you think you could use this recipe using tofu as the protein?

  55. Hi Gina! How many quartz do you recommend for an air fryer? Thanks!

    • I have a 3 qt. I bough the bigger one expecting to have double the size, but it was only slightly wider, and instead deeper which doesn’t really work for me so I returned it.

      • Gina, Macy’s has a great kitchen sale today and I am debating between the NuWave Brio 3 qt and 6qt. Is the 6 qt. the one you are referring to above as not really wider just deeper? Since stacking items doesn’t seem best, I am guessing the bigger size would only be beneficial if you were planning to cook bigger items like a whole chicken. Does that seem accurate based on your experience?

      • Yes, I like the 3 qt better. The 6 is deeper, but that doesn’t really help.

  56. How many pieces are in a serving on average ? These look so yummy!!

  57. I just got an air fryer for Christmas and thought, “Do I really need another countertop appliance?”

    We made chicken wings yesterday, and OMG. They were PERFECTLY crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside…WHAT!!!

    I am totally sold on trying EVERYTHING on this air fryer!! Chicken breasts + panko bread crumbs never seems to get crispy enough in the oven, and just gets BLEGH in a pan with oil….but the air fryer!? OH YES! This will definitely be my next recipe!

    Thanks so much!

  58. Can these be frozen and reheated?!

  59. I received an air fryer for Christmas and am so happy that you are starting to do more air fryer recipes!!!

  60. I got an air fryer for christmas. I’ll have to try this out!

  61. I would love to try this recipe, what brand air fryer do you recommend?

  62. Love the air fryer recipes! Can’t wait to try this one!