You can make delicious, flavorful and perfectly breaded from-scratch chicken nuggets in under 25 minutes by using the air fryer. These chicken nuggets have a flavorful breading that rivals any store-bought nugget!
I used Diamond Crystal Kosher salt for this recipe, which is lighter and flakier than Morton Kosher salt. To substitute Morton Kosher salt or regular table salt, use 1/2 teaspoon in the flour mixture, and 1/4 teaspoon in the breadcrumb mixture.
If you prefer, you can use cooking spray in place of brushing the oil on the cooking surface and the nuggets. Please be aware that cooking sprays that have soy lecithin can cause a sticky buildup that may degrade nonstick surfaces over time. If you're concerned about this, look for a cooking spray without soy lecithin, or use an oil mister.
To avoid breading your fingers along with the chicken, use one hand to toss the chicken in the dry ingredients (flour and breadcrumbs), and the other to dip the chicken in the egg mixture.
This recipe was tested using the Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 6 Quart Air Fryer. Depending on the air fryer you are using, cook times may vary.
The nutrition information below is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator; the nutrition counts of your dish will vary based on the brand and exact amounts of ingredients used. This nutrition estimate should not be considered a substitute for professional medical, health, or nutritional advice. See our full disclosure policy.
Keywords: air fryer chicken nuggets, air fryer chicken, chicken nuggets