These Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets are a healthier, easier, and tastier homemade version of a drive through or frozen classic! Chicken breasts marinated in buttermilk, my secret ingredient and salt, then tossed in panko, whole wheat flour, and spices! showmetheyummy.com #airfryer #chickennuggets
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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

These Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets are a healthier, easier, and tastier homemade version of a drive through or frozen classic! Chicken breasts marinated in buttermilk, my secret ingredient and salt, then tossed in panko, whole wheat flour, and spices!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken nuggets, chicken nuggets
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 200kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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!

Video

Notes

*You could also do this is another bowl as shown in the video, if you like. 
** See post above for baking instructions. 

Nutrition

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