Homemade Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets: A Healthy and Delicious Treat!

Chicken nuggets are a beloved family favorite, and now you can enjoy them homemade and healthier with this easy air fryer recipe. By using ground chicken and a few simple ingredients, you can create golden and crispy nuggets that your kiddos and family will request time and time again!

air fryer chicken nuggets

The Secret to Moist and Tender Nuggets

To achieve moist and tender chicken nuggets, we start by making a “panade.” A panade is a mixture of bread and milk that helps keep the meat juicy and well-cooked. Simply combine the panade with ground chicken and seasonings to create the base for your nuggets. For best results, refrigerate the mixture while preparing the next steps.

ground chicken mixture

A Mini Assembly Station

To make the coating process easier, set up a mini assembly station. Use a cookie scooper or a tablespoon to shape the chicken mixture into small patties. Then, follow this order to coat them:

  1. Coat each patty in flour to ensure the egg dredge sticks better.
  2. Dip the floured patty into whisked eggs.
  3. Roll the patty in a mixture of panko crumbs, parmesan cheese, and flavorful spices like paprika, oregano, granulated garlic, and pepper.

raw chicken nuggets

Cooking to Perfection in the Air Fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the coated nuggets in a nonstick sprayed air fryer basket, making sure they don’t overlap. Give the tops of the nuggets a good spray of olive oil or nonstick cooking spray to help them become crispy. Cook for approximately 7-9 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit at the thickest point.

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chicken nuggets in air fryer

Enjoy Your Homemade Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets!

The result? Deliciously crispy homemade chicken nuggets that are perfect for any occasion. Enjoy them as a standalone meal, cut them up for a salad topping, or have them as a tasty snack throughout the night.

For an extra delicious touch, try making a homemade Chick-Fil-A sauce by combining 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 tbsp BBQ sauce, 1 tbsp yellow mustard, and 1 tbsp honey. Whisk it all together and enjoy the flavorful dip!

overhead shot of air fryer chicken nuggets

Serving Suggestions

Looking for the perfect sides to accompany your homemade chicken nuggets? Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob
  • Air Fryer Potato Wedges
  • Caesar Pasta Salad

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Cheers to tasty, homemade nuggets and happy cooking! Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ