air fryer chicken nuggets

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 12-15 minutes
Total Time: 27-30 minutes
Servings: 4
Intensity: Easy


  • 1 pound (about 450g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (plain or seasoned)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • Cooking spray or oil for greasing


  1. Preheat Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes.
  2. Prepare Chicken:
    • Cut the chicken breasts or thighs into bite-sized pieces, about 1-2 inches in size.
  3. Prepare Breadcrumb Mixture:
    • In a shallow bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to combine.
  4. Coat Chicken:
    • In another bowl, beat the eggs.
    • Dip each piece of chicken into the beaten eggs, allowing any excess to drip off.
    • Coat the chicken pieces evenly with the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere the breadcrumbs.
  5. Air Fry Chicken Nuggets:
    • Lightly grease the air fryer basket with cooking spray or oil to prevent sticking.
    • Arrange the coated chicken nuggets in a single layer in the air fryer basket, leaving space between each piece for even cooking. You may need to cook in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
    • Spray the tops of the chicken nuggets with a light coating of cooking spray for extra crispiness.
  6. Air Fry:
    • Air fry the chicken nuggets at 400°F (200°C) for 12-15 minutes, flipping them halfway through cooking, until they are golden brown and crispy, and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  7. Check Doneness:
    • To check if the chicken nuggets are cooked through, cut one open to ensure there is no pink in the center and the juices run clear.
  8. Serve Warm:
    • Once cooked, remove the air-fried chicken nuggets from the air fryer basket.
    • Serve the hot and crispy chicken nuggets immediately with your favorite dipping sauce, such as barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or ranch dressing.

Note: Cooking times may vary slightly depending on the size and thickness of the chicken nuggets and your air fryer model. Adjust cooking time as needed for desired crispiness.

Enjoy your homemade air fryer chicken nuggets, perfect for a quick and satisfying meal or snack!

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