Once you’ve made homemade air fryer chicken nuggets you won’t want to cook them any other way!

They’re crunchy on the outside and tender and savory on the inside, just the way everybody likes them. Make a big batch for the refrigerator or freezer for handy snacks, appetizers, or lunch for the kiddos. The ultimate dippable, air fryer chicken nuggets go with all your favorite sauces and dips!

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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

  • This easy recipe uses ground chicken combined with seasonings and then they’re coated in Panko crumbs for perfectly breaded nuggets that are moist and tender on the inside and crunchy on the outside!
  • No need to have fried nuggets when these air fryer nuggets are healthier and just as delicious.
  • Chicken nuggets are a universal go-to food! Make batches and reheat them all week long!
  • Make air fryer chicken nuggets for an afterschool snack, a quick and healthy dinner, or for movie night! Don’t forget the dips!
ingredients assembled to make homemade air fryer chicken nuggets, including ground chicken, breadcrumbs, egg, and spice

Ingredients & Variations

CHICKEN: Tyson makes a ground chicken blend that’s perfect for homemade nuggets! Feel free to use leftover ground turkey or sausage!

BREADING: Bread crumbs and Panko have the right blend of flavor-to-coating ratio. You can mix in other seasonings like taco, ranch, or even Cajun for a new twist on the basic nuggets!

ground chicken, egg and breadcrumbs

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Mix chicken and seasonings in a bowl and form them into small disks.
  2. Dip them into the egg and then the bread crumbs.
  3. Air fry for 12-14 minutes, flipping them over halfway.

Serve with ranch dressing, nacho cheese, honey mustard, or just plain ketchup!

cooked homemade air fryer chicken nuggets aligned in an air fryer tray

Air Fryer Tips & Tricks

  • For the best results, always preheat the air fryer before cooking the nuggets. This allows the hot air to seal the juices in the meat and creates that crunchy coating that chicken nuggets are famous for!
  • Cooking chicken nuggets too long will make them tough and rubbery. Check for doneness using a meat thermometer at 165°F.
  • Keep batches of cooked air fryer chicken nuggets warm in the oven before serving.
  • Reheat leftovers in the air fryer and freeze cooled chicken nuggets in a zippered bag for up to 4 weeks and reheat from frozen in the air fryer.

Best Air Fryer Chicken Appetizers

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Homemade Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

These homemade air fryer chicken nuggets are crispy, juicy and so much better than take out!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 4 servings



  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg


  • ¾ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon oil


  • Preheat the air fryer to 375°F.
  • Combine chicken and seasonings in a small bowl.
  • Whisk the egg in a small bowl. Mix the breading mixture in a separate bowl.
  • Create small flat 1 inch discs of the chicken mixture. Dip in the egg and finally into the breading.
  • Spray with cooking oil and place in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 12-14 minutes flipping the nuggets halfway through cooking.


Nutrition information accounts for use of half of the breadcrumb mixture.
Leftover chicken nuggets will keep in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 654mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 82IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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