Air-Fried Jackfruit Nuggets

The very best vegan/vegetarian fried "chicken." These jackfruit nuggets are packed with flavor and have a crispy fried shell with a secret ingredient to hold everything together. I love using my air fryer for these recipes, as it cuts out so much of the oil and fat. And creates these perfectly crispy pieces. Toss in your favorite wing sauce and enjoy!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings


  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons aquafaba (chickpea water)

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons paprika

  • 3 tablespoons ground white pepper

  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt

  • 1 tablespoon celery salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger

  • 1 tablespoon dried mustard powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground thyme

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

  • 6 rice paper sheets

  • 1 (14 ounce) can jackfruit, drained and shredded

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • cooking spray


  1. Whisk together almond milk and vinegar; let sit for 5 minutes. Whisk in aquafaba and cornstarch.

  2. Mix flour, paprika, white pepper, garlic salt, celery salt, ginger, mustard powder, black pepper, salt, thyme, basil, and oregano in a shallow bowl until well combined. Place bread crumbs in another shallow bowl.

  3. Cut rice paper sheets in half. Dip one piece of rice paper in warm water until it becomes soft and pliable, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Lay rice paper on a work surface and fill with some jackfruit. Fold the edges over the jackfruit and roll into a nugget shape. Repeat with remaining rice paper sheets and jackfruit.

  4. Roll each nugget in the flour mixture until coated. Dip in the milk mixture, then dip in the bread crumbs, then dip into the flour mixture again, making sure each nugget is completely coated.

  5. Spray the basket of an air fryer with cooking spray. Place nuggets in the basket, making sure to leave room between the pieces.

  6. Air-fry at 370 degrees F (188 degrees C) for 10 minutes. Flip nuggets and cook until crispy, 5 more minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Don't use syrup- or brine-packed jackfruit. You can use fresh jackfruit but you'll need to simmer it in broth for 10 minutes until tender before using in the recipe.

Use any plant milk you like, and lemon juice for apple cider vinegar if preferred.

If you don't have all the spices, do not worry. The most important for flavor is the black pepper, thyme, garlic salt, and paprika.

To make larger nuggets, don't cut the rice paper sheets in half.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

343 Calories
5g Fat
71g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 343
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 3455mg 150%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 122mg 9%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 279mg 6%

* 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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