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Make You Own Chicken Nuggets In An Air Fryer

If you’re looking for a healthier way to enjoy chicken nuggets, look no further than the air fryer!

These air fryer chicken nuggets are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, without any added oil.

Plus, they’re easy to make and require just a handful of ingredients.

So if you’re in the mood for some delicious chicken nuggets, give this recipe a try!

air fryer chicken nugget dipped into sauce

What You Need:

This recipe is enough to make four servings of chicken nuggets. You can adjust the quantities accordingly if you want to make more or less.

To print out the instructions, head down to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

chicken nugget breading station


You can use chicken breasts or boneless chicken thighs. I used chicken breasts, cutting them up into even bite-sized pieces. Allow one chicken breast per serving.


Crack and beat two eggs. You will be dipping the chicken pieces into the egg mixture before rolling them in the breadcrumbs.


I used panko breadcrumbs, but you can use golden breadcrumbs or make your own breadcrumbs from day-old bread.


You can choose your favourite seasoning to add to the breadcrumbs. I used two teaspoons of smoked paprika, 1 tsp garlic granules, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Air Fryer

You can use any air fryer to make chicken nuggets, I have made this recipe in various different air fryer brands, and they have all worked well.

How To Make Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Start by setting up your breading station, one bowl with the raw chicken bites, one bowl with the beaten egg, and finally, one bowl with the seasoning mixed in with the breadcrumbs.

Start by dipping a chicken piece in the egg, making sure it is coated in the mixture.

dipping egg in chicken

Transfer it to the seasoned breadcrumbs bowl and roll it about until it is completely covered.

breading chicken

Lastly, transfer it to the air fryer basket before repeating the process with the remaining chicken.

adding chicken nuggets to air fryer basket

Depending on the size of your air fryer you might need to cook the chicken nuggets in batches.

Switch the air fryer on at 200°C and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, flipping them over halfway through.

At the end of the cooking time the chicken should be cooked through and the breadcrumbs golden and crisp.

chicken nuggets in air fryer

I hope you liked this air fryer chicken nuggets recipe – let me know in the comments if you make it!

chicken nuggets in air fryer

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Chicken nuggets are perfect as a snack or as part of a main meal - and guess what? They are super easy to make in an air fryer!


  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 100g breadcrumbs, (approx)
  • Seasoning of your choice, eg; 1tsp smoked paprika, 1tsp garlic granules, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper.


  1. Cut chicken breasts up into small chicken nugget-sized chunks.
  2. Set up a chicken nugget breading station of three bowls. Add the beaten egg to one bowl, mix the seasoning with the breadcrumbs, add to a different bowl, and put the raw chicken pieces in another bowl.
  3. Using kitchen tongs, dip the chicken in the beaten egg, then roll it in the seasoned breadcrumbs. Place in air fryer basket.
  4. Repeat with each piece of chicken. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook in 2 separate batches.
  5. Cook at 200°C (390°F) for 8 to 10 minutes. Check the chicken nuggets are cooked through before serving.


Instead of eggs, you can dip the chicken in melted butter.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 195mgSodium: 549mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 44g

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dave sykes

Sunday 7th of June 2020

I have just bought an air fryer,and am trying to convince my wife how good they are,so your recipes might just do the job.we are both 77 yrs old,and self isolating so I have lots of time to experiment,i love it,some good stuff coming out,i did roast potatoes to go with the sunday lunch,and yes,my wife said they were lovely,so getting there,looking forward to getting your recipe book.

Liana Green

Monday 8th of June 2020

Hi Dave - thanks for your comment - I'm glad you are enjoying your air fryer! Which one do you have? Let me know if there are any recipes in particular that you are looking for :)

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