Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets: Crispy, Homemade, and Delightful
Enjoy the goodness of homemade chicken nuggets with a crispy golden exterior and tender, juicy inside, all cooked to perfection in your air fryer. In this article, we’ll guide you through a simple and delicious recipe for Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets that both kids and adults will love.
Ingredients You’ll Need
To make Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets, you’ll need:
For the Chicken Nuggets:
- 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken tenders
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup of breadcrumbs (panko or regular)
- 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Cooking spray
For Dipping Sauces (optional):
- Ketchup, barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or your favorite dipping sauces
1. Prepare the Chicken
- Begin by cutting the chicken breasts into bite-sized nugget pieces or strips.
- In a bowl, season the chicken pieces with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Toss to evenly coat the chicken.
2. Dredge the Chicken
- Set up a breading station with three shallow bowls. In one bowl, place the all-purpose flour. In the second bowl, add the beaten eggs. In the third bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese (if using), paprika, and additional salt and pepper to taste.
- Dip each seasoned chicken piece into the flour, coating it evenly.
- Next, dip the floured chicken into the beaten eggs.
- Finally, coat the chicken with the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere the breadcrumbs.
3. Preheat the Air Fryer
- Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 5 minutes. Preheating ensures even cooking and a crispy exterior.
4. Air Fry the Chicken Nuggets
- Once the air fryer is preheated, lightly grease the air fryer basket or tray with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
- Place the breaded chicken nuggets in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not overcrowded. You may need to cook them in batches if necessary.
- Lightly spray the tops of the chicken nuggets with cooking spray. This will help them become golden brown and crispy.
- Air fry the nuggets at 375°F (190°C) for 10-12 minutes, flipping them halfway through, until they are golden brown and cooked through with an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
5. Serve and Enjoy
- Once the chicken nuggets are done, remove them from the air fryer and let them cool for a minute or two.
- Serve your Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets hot with your favorite dipping sauces.
Tips for Perfect Chicken Nuggets
- Customize the seasoning and flavor by adding herbs, spices, or grated cheese to the breadcrumb mixture.
- For an extra crispy coating, you can spray the tops of the nuggets with cooking spray again halfway through the cooking time.
- Serve your chicken nuggets with a variety of dipping sauces to please everyone’s taste buds.
These Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets are a fantastic way to enjoy a classic favorite with less oil and a satisfying crunch. Whether you’re making them for a family meal, snack time, or a game day treat, these nuggets are sure to be a hit. Enjoy every bite!