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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

These Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets are crunchy on the outside and juicy on theinside! They are perfect for dunking in your favorite sauces and are healthierthan take-out! Perfect for busy weeknights, they cook in 8 minutes!
Course Chicken Recipes
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken nuggets, homemade chicken nuggets, how to make chicken nuggets
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 175kcal


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper optional
  • olive oil spray
  • barbeque sauce and honey mustard for serving


  • Preheat Air Fryer to 400°F.
  • Using a sharp knife cut the chicken breasts into about 20 nuggets.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the chicken pieces and melted butter. Mix to evenly coat and then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a second bowl, mix the panko, flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper (if using).
  • Add 3 to 4 nuggets to the bowl with the panko mixture. Pess the nuggets into the coating on all sides until they're evenly covered. Transfer nuggets to a large plate or baking sheet and continue until the nuggets are the remaining chicken pieces.
  • Spray the nuggets on both sides with olive oil spray.
  • Spray or brush the air fryer basket with non-stick spray or olive oil.
  • Place the nuggets in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook in batches if necessary.
  • Cook for 8 minutes, flipping the nuggets halfway through.
  • Serve immediately with barbeque sauce and honey mustard for dipping.


All air fryers are different. I used the Cosori Air fryer for this recipe. You may have to adjust time and temperature if you have a different model.


Serving: 5nuggets | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 440mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 193IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg