Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets are so easy to make, not to mention healthy, and everyone will love them. A quick and easy recipe that cooks in 8 minutes in your air fryer! This will easily become a dinner favorite and it’s kid-friendly!

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Everyone loves Chicken Nuggets, right? Now you can make Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets any day of the week! This recipe is super easy and you don’t need a ton of ingredients.

Why Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Are The Best:

  • First, they taste delicious!
  • Air fried nuggets are healthier than oil fried nuggets
  • Kid-friendly (or they bring out the kid in us?)
  • You can dip them in whatever you want
  • It only takes 8 minutes to cook them
  • They freeze really well
  • Make a great dinner, snack or appetizer
  • They are inexpensive to make
  • No additives like the frozen bags at the grocery store

There are many other reasons but you get the point. We always have frozen chicken breast in our freezer and this is an easy go-to recipe when you don’t know what to make. As I mentioned, these nuggets freeze really well in a sealed bag or container so you can make a large batch and have dinner in the freezer for a night when you have no time.

Ingredients Needed to Make These Nuggets

  • 16-20 oz chicken breasts, cut into nugget size
  • salt and pepper to season chicken
  • olive oil
  • Italian bread crumbs 
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • oil spray for air frying

How to Make Air Fried Chicken Nuggets

  1. Dry the chicken with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place the breadcrumbs, panko, and cheese in a bowl and stir to combine. Place olive oil in another bowl.
  3. Coat each chicken piece with olive oil first and then roll in breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Preheat air fryer for 3 minutes at 400°. Spray the basket with non-stick spray and place chicken pieces in the air fryer basket. Spray the chicken pieces as well and cook for 4 minutes. Flip the chicken, spray again, and cook for 4 more minutes on the other side.

My Favorite Air Fryer

There are so many different types of air fryers out there now, and each one is slightly different. There are countertop air fryers, air fryer ovens, and air fryer attachments to name a few. They even make full-size ovens that act as air fryers now!! I was lucky enough to be gifted the Mealthy CrispLid attachment for my Instant Pot and I love it! In fact, I love it so much, I’ve gifted it to others. It fits right on top of my Instant Pot and has a glass lid so I can see what’s happening to my food while air frying. It is a little smaller than some other air fryers out there, but it’s the perfect size for anything I have air-fried so far.

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air fryer chicken nuggets

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

A fast and healthy meal that everyone in the family will love!
5 from 8 votes
Print Pin Rate
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 3 Servings
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • 2 small/medium bowls
  • tongs

Ingredients

  • 16-20 ounces chicken breasts, cut into nugget size (about 4 breast)
  • salt and pepper to season chicken
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cup italian bread crumbs (or regular breadcrumbs)
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoon parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • non-stick spray

Instructions

  • Dry the chicken with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place the breadcrumbs, panko, and cheese in a bowl and stir to combine. Place the olive oil in another bowl.
  • Coat each chicken piece with olive oil first and then roll in breadcrumb mixture.
  • Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 400°F. Spray the basket with non-stick spray and place chicken pieces in the basket. Spray the top of the chicken pieces well and cook for 4 minutes. Flip the chicken, spray again, and cook for 4 more minutes on the other side.

Notes

  • Always read the instruction manual that came with your Air Fryer and follow all safety guidelines.

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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