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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets are kid friendly and super easy. This meal goes from air fryer to table in under 15 minutes. You can’t get takeout in that amount of time!

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My kids love chicken nuggets and I was determined to find an easy way to make them at home. They can be picky so when they deemed this recipe a hit, I knew I had a winner. The secret to the crispy outside is the breadcrumbs. Air fryer recipes make dinnertime a breeze.

Your kids might also like Air Fryer Chicken Thighs, Air Fryer Meatloaf, Air Fryer Grilled Cheese, or Air Fryer Hot Dogs.

Why We Love This Recipe

We love using our air fryer for heating frozen foods and leftovers. But these chicken nuggets come out the perfect crispy texture and a juicy center. This recipe is perfect for a quick lunch or a after school snack.

The nuggets can be seasoned in many ways for a crowd pleasing recipe.

If you are looking for a new air fryer, check out 5 Best Cheap Air Fryers of 2024.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed to make air fryer chicken nuggets: chicken breasts, Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and butter.

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Variations Ideas

Air fryer chicken tenders make the best chicken nuggets and you can use different types of seasoning that you prefer. Here are some delicious additions or substitutions.

  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Marinate in Pickle Juice – Check out this easy recipe – Chicken Pickle Juice Marinade
  • Gluten-Free Flour – Substitute for the panko bread crumbs

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

  • Step 1 – Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F. Now, some air fryers do not have an option to preheat. If yours does not, just set the air fryer to 390 degrees F and run for 5 minutes.
Cut chicken breast in bite size pieces on a cutting board with a knife

Step 2 – Trim the chicken and make sure the fat is cut off. Dice it into pieces that are about 1 inch.

Combining the bread crumbs and seasoning in a bowl with salt and pepper shakers on the side

Step 3 – Get a small bowl and combine the Italian seasoning, pepper, salt, breadcrumbs and grated parmesan cheese.

Melted butter in a bowl, a bowl of bread crumb mixture and a bowl of bite size chicken

Step 4 – Once that breadcrumb mixture is combined, melt the butter in a separate bowl. I like to use shallow bowls for both the panko breadcrumbs mixture and the butter. It makes it easier to dip and coat each piece of chicken.

Bowl of bite size chicken, a bowl of melted butter with bite size chicken in it and a bowl of a bread crumb mixture with chicken in it

Step 5 – Dip the diced chicken in the butter and then dip in the panko parmesan breadcrumbs.

Breadcrumb coated bite size chicken in the air fryer basket

Step 6 – Now, it is time for the breaded chicken to go in the air fryer. Place chicken in air fryer basket.

Cooked chicken nuggets in the air fryer basket

Step 7 – Step 7 – The crispy chicken bites needs to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. This normally takes about 10-12 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • Cooking Time – Make sure the chicken is in a single layer. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may have to cook the chicken in multiple batches. This will vary with the amount of chicken nuggets you are cooking.
  • Prepare Chicken – When preparing chicken, make sure to cut them about the same size. This helps to evenly cook the chicken about the same time.
  • Meat Thermometer – Use a meat thermometer to ensure chicken is fully cooked. The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees.
air fried chicken nuggets on a white plate with a bowl of ketchup.

Serving Ideas

These chicken tender are even better served with your favorite dipping sauce.

You can also take these in school lunches. How to keep Chicken Nuggets warm in School Lunches.

The Best Side Dishes

We keep the side dish options just as quick and easy as the main dish. These are some of our favorite, but you can serve what you prefer.

air fried chicken nuggets on a white plate with ketchup in the back ground.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long to Air Fry Chicken Nuggets?

Depending on the size of your chicken nuggets, they will cook in about 10 minutes.

How to Store Leftover Chicken Nuggets

Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days.

How to Reheat Chicken Nuggets

We recommend reheating chicken nuggets in the air fryer. This keeps the texture of the chicken crispy and still have a juicy center.

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air fried chicken nuggets on a white plate with ketchup in the back ground.

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

5 from 32 votes
Air fryer chicken nuggets are kid friendly and super easy to make from scratch. This meal goes from air fryer to table in under 15 minutes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 259

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F. If your air fryer does not have a preheat option, then set the air fryer to 390 degrees F and run for 5 minutes.
  • Cut the fat off the chicken and dice it into 1 inch pieces.
  • In a small bowl, combine the Italian seasoning, pepper, salt, breadcrumbs and grated parmesan cheese. Melt the butter in a separate bowl.
  • Then dip each piece of chicken in the butter and then coat in the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Put the coated chicken in a single layer in the air fryer. You may have to cook in multiple batches depending on how many chicken nuggets you are cooking.
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes until the nuggets are crispy and the chicken has an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauces and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5-7 days.  To reheat, place them in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes to warm and crisp them back up.  Enjoy! 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 259kcal, Carbohydrates 14g, Protein 11g, Fat 18g, Saturated Fat 10g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 66mg, Sodium 530mg, Potassium 194mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 512IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 70mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Judith says:

    Best nuggets ever