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Air Fryer chicken nuggets
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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

This Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets recipe is so satisfying, the ultimate comfort food without the guilt. It’s definitely the easiest and healthiest way to make chicken nuggets from scratch!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 351 kcal


  • an Air Fryer
  • cooking spray
  • a pair of kitchen tongs


  • 1 pound chicken breast, (trim excess fat and cut into nugget-size pieces)

Flour Dredge:

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Egg Wash:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon milk

Breading Mix:

  • cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 6 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese


  • Preheat the air fryer for a few minutes and set the temperature to 400°F.
  • In a shallow bowl, mix all the flour dredge ingredients. Set aside.
    In another shallow bowl, mix the egg wash ingredients. Set aside.
    In a third shallow bowl, combine the breading mix ingredients. Set aside.
  • Dredge the chicken in flour until is completely coated on all sides. Shake off excess.  Dip the chicken in the egg wash, then in the breadcrumbs.
  • Place the well-coated chicken pieces on a lightly greased air fryer basket in a single layer. Lightly spray the nuggets with cooking spray.
  • Cook for about 3-4 minutes then flip the nuggets and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. 
  • Serve and enjoy with ketchup or this popular honey mustard dressing.


For saltier results, you can add about half of the teaspoon to each of the egg wash and breading mixture. 
You can find Panko breadcrumbs at any grocery market, such as Trader's Joe, Ralph's/Kroger, Vons, etc. 
Please keep in mind that the cooking times listed in this recipe are estimated times and may vary slightly based on types of air fryer, nugget, and batch sizes being used. 


Sodium: 2197mgCalcium: 159mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 778IUSugar: 2gFiber: 2gPotassium: 565mgCholesterol: 160mgCalories: 351kcalSaturated Fat: 3gFat: 9gProtein: 35gCarbohydrates: 31gIron: 3mg
Keyword air fryer chicken nuggets, chicken nuggets, crispy chicken nuggets, healthy chicken nuggets
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