Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

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Tired of soggy store-bought chicken nuggets? Step up to our homemade Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets recipe! Crispy, juicy and made with simple ingredients, these chicken nuggets are sure to be a hit with the whole family. We even have a spicy option for those who like their food spicy!

Craving crispy, juicy chicken nuggets but don’t want to leave the house or wait in long lines? These Homemade Chicken Nuggets are the perfect solution! Made with simple ingredients and cooked in the air fryer, these chicken nuggets are ready in minutes and taste even better than the drive-thru version. Plus, you can customize them to your liking, adding hot sauce for extra spiciness, or using regular breadcrumbs for a different texture. This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights, feeding a crowd, or satisfying a comfort food craving.

Cooking in the Air Fryer

An air fryer is a kitchen appliance that uses hot air and a small amount of oil to cook food so that it becomes crispy and tasty. This cooking method gives you the same crispy texture as frying, but with less oil and fat. This makes air frying a healthier alternative to conventional frying.

You can use a pull-out air fryer or a countertop toaster oven-style air fryer for this recipe. Drawer-pull air fryers are usually larger and have a drawer that pulls out for cooking food. Countertop oven-style air fryers are more compact in design and usually have multiple functions such as baking, roasting and grilling in addition to air frying. Both types of air fryers are suitable for this recipe, so it ultimately comes down to personal preference and the size of your kitchen.

A word of caution, when using an air fryer it is best to use the minimum amount of oil and avoid overcrowding the basket as this can lead to uneven cooking. It is also important to occasionally shake or flip the food during cooking to ensure an even crisp.

Substitution

If you don’t want to use melted butter, you can substitute 1/2 cup buttermilk for the melted butter. If you don’t have panko breadcrumbs on hand, you can use regular breadcrumbs, but they will be less crispy.

How long should I cook chicken nuggets in the air fryer?

Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the chicken pieces and desired doneness. In this recipe, the chicken pieces are cooked at 390-400°F for 8-9 minutes, flipping halfway through. It is important to check the internal temperature of the chicken to make sure it has reached 165°F before serving.

Can I use chicken nuggets to cook other foods in the air fryer?

Yes, you can cook other foods with chicken nuggets in the air fryer. However, it is best to cook foods with similar cooking times together. For example, you can cook vegetables or French fries with chicken nuggets. Make sure all the food you’re cooking is evenly distributed in the air fryer for best results, or use some air fryer accessories that allow stacking of different items.

Do I need to preheat the air fryer before frying chicken nuggets?

Yes, the air fryer needs to be preheated before frying chicken nuggets. This will ensure that the chicken pieces are cooked evenly and to desired doneness. It is recommended to preheat the air fryer for at least 5 minutes before adding the chicken pieces.

Can I use other types of breadcrumbs for chicken nuggets?

Yes, you can use other types of breadcrumbs to make chicken nuggets. You can use regular bread crumbs, gluten-free bread crumbs, groats, or even cookie crumbs. You can also mix different types of breadcrumbs for unique textures and flavors.

Top view of chicken nuggets in an air fryer basket.
A hand holding homemade chicken nuggets.

Tired of soggy store-bought chicken nuggets? Step up to our homemade Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets recipe! Crispy, juicy and made with simple ingredients, these chicken nuggets are sure to be a hit with the whole family. We even have a spicy option for those who like their food spicy!

Preparation time 10 minute

cooking time 15 minute

total time 25 minute

raw material

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast, trimmed and cubed
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup melted salted butter

instruct

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, and salt.

  • Dip the chicken pieces in the melted butter, then transfer them to the breadcrumb mixture to coat. Place coated chicken pieces on a plate or skillet.

  • Preheat the air fryer to 390-400°F. Carefully place the coated chicken pieces into the air fryer, making sure to leave space between each piece. Cook chicken in batches, if necessary.

  • Spray chicken with cooking oil.

  • Roast chicken for 8-9 minutes, turning them halfway through, until they are fully cooked and no longer pink in the center, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

  • Serve and enjoy!

Calories: 329kcal | carbohydrate: 7G | protein: 15G | fat: 27G | Saturated fat: 16G | Polyunsaturated fats: 1G | Monounsaturated fats: 7G | Trans fat: 1G | cholesterol: 103mg | sodium: 995mg | Potassium: 281mg | fiber: 1G | sugar: 1G | Vitamin A: 805unit | Vitamin C: 1mg | calcium: 117mg | iron: 2mg

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets