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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Ah, chicken nuggets. Those handy standbys that my kids can’t seem to get enough of. Actually, I’m rather partial to the odd nugget myself. Making them from scratch is actually pretty simple, I don’t really know why I waited until I had an air fryer before attempting them.

Since we’ve had our air fryer we’ve used it for many different things, from Full English Breakfasts to indulgent chocolate profiteroles. They really are a versatile kitchen appliance that can handily replace the use of the oven when you only have a few bits to do – or, if like me, your oven is often full to the brim with everything else!

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

I’ve tried making chicken nuggets in the air fryer two different ways. Both turned out tasty and had the kids fighting over the last one (I settled it by scoffing it myself, Mum perks and all that). The two different ways are just in how they are coated. The first time round I dipped them in beaten egg, followed by rolling them in breadcrumbs, whereas this time I dipped them in melted butter, followed by the breadcrumbs. Either way will work and you can choose which works best for you.

making chicken nuggets in the air fryer

I used 3 chicken breasts and cut them up into bite size pieces, I then dipped each one in melted butter and then rolled them about in breadcrumbs. They then went straight into the air fryer basket (I didn’t oil it) and then they were cooked on 200C for 8 minutes. They were cooked to perfection, crunchy on the outside and soft tender chicken on the inside. This should be ample time to cook them through but as always double check they are cooked by cutting into one before serving.

chicken nuggets in the air fryer

I can’t remember how many nuggets we got from 3 chicken breasts, but it was enough to feed the 3 boys, with of course one left over for me 🙂  I think it was around 25 nuggets, so 8 each plus 1 for moi. I cooked them in two batches as I didn’t want to overfill the air fryer basket. For one batch I used plain breadcrumbs, and the other I mixed in some smoked paprika. You can experiment with different flavourings if you want, I was thinking some garlic salt would taste good, or perhaps a bit of mild curry powder for something a bit different.

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chicken nuggets in the air fryer

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes


  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 tbsp butter, (approx)
  • 100 g breadcrumbs, (approx)
  • seasoning or spices of your choice, salt, pepper, paprika etc


  1. Cut chicken breasts up into small chicken nugget sized chunks.
  2. Melt butter in microwave.
  3. Put the breadcrumbs in a bowl. You can use shop breadcrumbs or if you have some bread slices crumble them up into breadcrumbs (if you have a blender you can pulse bread and turn it into breadcrumbs).
  4. Using kitchen tongs first dip the chicken in the melted butter (or beaten egg if using that instead) and then roll it in the breadcrumbs. Place in air fryer basket.
  5. Repeat with each piece of chicken. Depending on the size of your air fryer you may need to cook in 2 separate batches.
  6. Cook at 200C (390F) for 8 minutes. Check it is cooked through before serving.


Instead of butter you can dip the chicken in beaten egg.

You can either use plain breadcrumbs or add some seasoning/spice to the mixture.

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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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