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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

These crispy air fryer chicken nuggets are made with simple ingredients and deliver big flavor! Kid-friendly, freezer-friendly, and easy to cook ahead and reheat.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 256kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Cut chicken into 1.5 to 2 inch 'nugget-shaped' pieces.
  • Grab three bowls. In the first bowl, add the eggs.
  • Add the flour to the second bowl.
  • Add the panko, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, salt, onion powder and garlic powder to the third bowl and mix to combine.
  • Using tongs or a fork, toss chicken pieces to coat in the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumb mixture. Place on a clean plate and repeat until all chicken bites are coated.
  • Heat your air fryer to 200°C/390°F. Working in batches, add the chicken nuggets to the air fryer basket and cook for 4 minutes.
  • Flip, and cook for 3 more minutes, or until cooked through and 165°F or no longer pink in the middle.
  • Repeat with all chicken nuggets until they are all cooked through.
  • Serve with ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, or your favorite dipping sauce.

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Notes

Storage
Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Freezing
  • uncooked chicken nuggets- after breading the chicken, arrange on a baking sheet. Freeze for 2-3 hours, until frozen solid. Transfer to a meal prep container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • cooked chicken nuggets– place in a meal prep container or freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.
Reheating
Reheat at 200°C/390°F for 2-3 minutes, until warmed through and crispy.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 6chicken bites | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 922mg | Potassium: 499mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 2mg