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Air Fryer Homemade Chicken Nuggets

These air fryer chicken nuggets might just be your new go-to recipe which is a quick and easy homemade version. By using panko breadcrumbs, these are full of flavor and are amazingly crispy.
As there is no need to deep-fry these chicken nuggets in oil, using the air fryer is a healthy alternative and because this recipe doesn't call for using any flour, it's quick to prepare and cook on any weeknight.
Ideal if you want to make a kid-friendly dinner with minimal ingredients or game day snack with plenty of dipping sauces!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 3 servings
Calories 225 kcal


  • 2 Boneless Chicken Breasts cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 65 g Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 tsp Paprika Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • Low Calorie Cooking Oil Spray few sprays


  • Preheat the air fryer at 180°c / 350°f  for about 10 minutes.
  • To your mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, paprika powder, cayenne pepper powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and ground black pepper.
  • To another bowl, add the panko breadcrumbs.
  • Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized chunks.
  • Dip the chicken piece into the egg mixture first, then dip into the breadcrumbs, and place in the air fryer basket.
  • In the air fryer basket, keep the chicken nuggets separated and in a single layer. You may need to cook these in two batches.
  • Spray with low-calorie cooking oil and cook for 12 - 15 minutes at 180°c / 350°f. Repeat the next batch until done.
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • Depending on the size of your air fryer basket, you will need to cook in two batches
  • Leftovers: Keep stored in air-tight container for 3-4 days in the fridge or freezer for 3 months. They reheat well in the air fryer for 5 - 8 minutes, or microwave for 1 minute.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 23gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 176mgSodium: 507mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
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