Chicken nuggets are well-loved by kids and adults alike. This air fryer chicken nuggets recipe will have you making delicious golden brown chicken nuggets at home quickly and easily. As a bonus, these nuggets are significantly healthier than those you buy at a restaurant, so you can enjoy them without the guilt.
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||15 minutes|
|Serves||up to 4 people|
Tools and Ingredients
- Air fryer
- Resealable plastic bag
- 250g chicken breast
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- Salt & Pepper
Cut the chicken breast into nugget-sized pieces. Add the chicken pieces to a resealable plastic bag along with the flour. Seal the bag and give it a good shake to make sure the chicken nuggets are evenly coated.
Prepare your batter station. Beat the eggs. Next to the eggs, place a bowl with the breadcrumbs. Season the breadcrumbs with some salt and pepper and then mix the olive oil in with the breadcrumbs.
One at a time, dip each floured piece of chicken into the egg and then into the breadcrumb mixture until it is well-coated.
Put the nuggets into your air fryer basket. Set the temperature to 330°F and cook for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, remove the fry basket and shake well or use tongs to turn the nuggets over.
Set the temperature to 390°F and cook for another 5 minutes or until the nuggets are golden brown.
Tips and considerations
Optionally, you could skip the plastic bag and just flour each piece of chicken by hand. You might want to try seasoning the flour as well, with salt and pepper or even a teaspoon or so of garlic powder. If your nuggets are looking pretty dry at the 10-minute mark, add a little bit of olive oil for the last bit of cooking.
After trying this air fryer chicken nuggets recipe once, don’t be afraid to try to make it your own. Try adding some different spices to the batter mix, or try different kinds of breadcrumbs until you find which ones you like best.
To really try to capture the texture of fast food chicken nuggets, you might want to use a food processor to puree the chicken. When you do this, you can and should add some spices and an egg to hold everything together. You’ll have to form the chicken mixture into nugget shapes before battering. You can even have a little fun with this and make hearts or animal shapes.