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This easy air fryer chicken nuggets recipe is made with only 4-ingredients! Perfect healthier option to serve to the family and crispy perfection thanks to the air fryer!

Homemade Chicken Nuggets made in the air fryer on a white plate with ketchup

If you are anything like me, you’ve jumped on the air fryer bandwagon. We have owned ours for about a year and use it for EVERYTHING. It is so easy to use and gives you crispy fried foods without the use of oil.

That’s a win in my book.

These chicken nuggets are high on our most-requested dinners. My kid loves them for the taste while I love them for the ease. From start to finish you’re looking at less than 20 minutes!

Recipe Features

  • 5-Ingredient Dinner Recipe- If you count dipping sauce
  • Quick Dinner Recipe- Ideal for busy weeknights
  • 30-Minute Dinner Recipe- Technically less!
ingredients for homemade chicken nuggets

Air Fryer Chicken Nugget Ingredients:

Here’s the deal, you do not need many ingredients for this simple dinner idea. Really, most are probably already in your pantry! I especially love that there is no need to add any oil to your air fryer for these nuggets. They remind me so much of chick-fil-a!

  • Chicken Breast
  • Breadcrumbs OR Croutons
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Butter

You can definitely substitute the butter with milk. When we do that I like to use buttermilk.

Air fryer chicken nuggets recipe

How to Make Chicken Nuggets in the Air Fryer

Ready to dive right in? Before I release you to get cooking, I need to chat about air fryer options. We own and have truly tested the Instant Pot Vortex (affiliate). It’s a 6 quart which is plenty big enough for our family of three. I’d even feel confident saying this would be great for a family of 5 or 6. It’s got a large basket and so many different cooking options beyond air frying (like baking or reheat). Worth the investment and a kitchen staple.

  1. Chop the chicken breast into 1 to 2 inch pieces. Set aside.
  2. Stir together the crumbs and parmesan cheese in a shallow dish. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a separate shallow dish.
  4. Dip the chicken in the butter followed by the crumbs. Be sure to turn and coat well. Continue with the remaining nuggets.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Once preheated, carefully place the coated chicken pieces into the air fryer basket.
  8. Push back into the machine and allow to cook, turning halfway, until the chicken is cooked through to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
  9. Serve immediately.

I also have a recipe for baked chicken nuggets! Check it out for a quick and crispy chicken bite recipe.

step by step instructions to make homemade chicken nuggets in an air fryer

Recipe Tips and FAQs

  • This recipe is incredibly easy to customize. We like to use Italian seasoned breadcrumbs OR garlic croutons that have been crushed finely. You could also use crushed butter crackers or chips.
  • Grated parmesan works best for this recipe, not shredded.
  • Check the nuggets at 8 minutes. If they are crisp and cooked you are good to go. If not, give them that additional two minutes. Our cooker needs the full 10.
homemade chicken nugget dipped in ketchup

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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This easy air fryer chicken nuggets recipe is made with only 4-ingredients! Perfect healthier option to serve to the family and crispy perfection thanks to the air fryer

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pound chicken breast, about 3 breasts
  • 1-1/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs OR cheese garlic croutons, crushed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Chop the chicken breast into 1 to 2 inch pieces. Set aside.
  2. Stir together the crumbs and parmesan cheese in a shallow dish. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a separate shallow dish.
  4. Dip the chicken in the butter followed by the crumbs. Be sure to turn and coat well. Continue with the remaining nuggets.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Once preheated, carefully place the coated chicken pieces into the air fryer basket.
  8. Push back into the machine and allow to cook, turning halfway, until the chicken is cooked through to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
  9. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • This recipe is incredibly easy to customize. We like to use Italian seasoned breadcrumbs OR garlic croutons that have been crushed finely. You could also use crushed butter crackers or chips.
  • Grated parmesan works best for this recipe, not shredded.
  • Check the nuggets at 8 minutes. If they are crisp and cooked you are good to go. If not, give them that additional two minutes. Our cooker needs the full 10.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 273mgSodium: 2263mgCarbohydrates: 86gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 93g
This easy air fryer chicken nuggets recipe is made with only 4-ingredients! Perfect healthier option to serve to the family and crispy perfection thanks to the air fryer!
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