Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets


Why have frozen chicken nuggets when you can have them fresh and homemade? They come out perfectly crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside, thanks to the air fryer.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 servings


  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 2 pounds chicken tenderloins, cut into nugget size

  • 1 cup flour

  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs

  • cooking spray


  1. Mix buttermilk and chicken in a large bowl and let soak while you prepare the seasoned flour.

  2. Combine flour, Parmesan cheese, paprika, parsley, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Beat eggs in a separate bowl. Pour bread crumbs onto a flat plate.

  3. Dredge each chicken nugget first in flour, then in beaten egg, and finally coat in breadcrumbs.

  4. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray the basket with cooking spray. Place as many nuggets into the basket as you can without overcrowding. Lightly mist the tops of the nuggets with cooking spray.

  5. Cook for 10 minutes. Flip chicken nuggets and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove and repeat with remaining nuggets.

    close up view of Chicken Nuggets next to a sauce in a sauce cup
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

310 Calories
7g Fat
34g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 310
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 564mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 315mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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