Love Chicken Nuggets? Make Them In An Air Fryer

Wheather craving a scrumptious snack or looking for a party appetizer, chicken nuggets are perfect for all occasions. With a crunchy exterior and juicy, tender chicken inside, it has stolen the heart and taste buds of people all over the world. These small chunks are incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, whether dunked in your favourite dipping sauce, added to a salad or even served as a breakfast item with pancakes

The process of making these bite-sized delights is a carefully crafted art, involving the blending of seasoned ground chicken with various spices and ingredients to create a flavourful mixture that is formed into a nugget shape. The nuggets are then coated with breadcrumbs and fried until crispy and golden-brown. But frying in oil makes it an unhealthy dish that is not ideal to fit in a healthy diet. But why restrict your taste buds from relishing this yummy delight, when you have an air fryer?  

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This kitchen appliance is a life-savour when you are planning to eat your favourite fried dishes with no or very little oil. An air fryer cooks food by circulating hot air around it, making the dish completely perfect for people following a strict diet. Air fryer chicken nuggets even have a crispier exterior as compared to deep-fried ones. So, here is the recipe to make chicken nuggets in an air fryer: 


  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper 
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted 
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs


  • Preheat air fryer to 390° Fahrenheit for 4 minutes. 
  • Trim any fat from chicken breast, Slice into ½ inch thick slices, then each slice into 2 to 3 nuggets. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper. 
  • Place melted butter in a small bowl and breadcrumbs in another small bowl. 
  • Dip each piece of chicken in butter, then breadcrumbs. 
  • Place in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to bake in two batches or more. 
  • Set timer to 8 minutes. 
  • When done, check if the internal temperature of chicken nuggets is at least 165° F. Remove nuggets from basket with tongs and set onto a plate to cool. 
  • Serve with your favourite dip and enjoy.