Go Back
+ servings
Chicken nuggets on cooling rack above
Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

These Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets are juicy on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside! A healthier, easier, and tastier version of a drive-through or frozen classic!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, chicken breast, panko
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 200kcal


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1/2 - 1 inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup pickle juice or omit and use more buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Honey mustard, ranch, ketchup for dipping


  • In a large bowl, combine chicken with buttermilk, pickle juice, and salt.
  • Marinate 30 mins at room temperature. You can also marinate, covered, in the fridge for a couple/few hours. 
  • Drain marinade and set chicken aside.
  • In a gallon sized ziplock baggie, combine panko, flour, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.*
  • Place drained chicken into baggie with panko mixture, seal, and gently shake until chicken pieces are fully coated. Set aside.
  • Hit “ON” on the air fryer.
 Then hit “PRE-HEAT”. Set the temperature to 400 degrees F and set the timer to 8 minutes.
 Hit “START”.
 The air fryer will beep at you when it’s finished preheating.

  • Open up the air fryer and spray the basket with cooking spray. 
Place in the chicken nuggets, work with about 12 at a time, so you don’t over crowd them.
 Close the air fryer.  It will beep at you when it’s finished cooking. Repeat with remaining chicken nuggets.
  • Taste and re-season, if necessary and serve with your favorite dipping sauce!



*You could also do this is another bowl as shown in the video, if you like. 


Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1587mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1.1mg