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Air fryer chicken nuggets on blue plate with BBQ sauce for dipping.
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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Recipe

This Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Recipe creates the most tender and crispy chicken bites. A healthier homemade option that is easy, delicious and enjoyed by everyone!
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken nuggets recipe
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Heather


  • 2 pounds chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, cut into 1½ inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups buttermilk



  • Season chicken with paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Pour the buttermilk over the chicken and let marinate for 15 minutes or up to a day in the fridge.
  • Drain the buttermilk from chicken.
  • Combine the breadcrumbs, whole wheat flour, baking powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a bowl or in zip top bag.
  • Dredge the chicken pieces in the breadcrumbs and place on a sheet pan.
  • Spray both sides of the chicken pieces with olive oil.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Place chicken pieces in a single layer.
  • Cook in batches for 7-8 minutes and shake half way through.
  • Place cooked chicken on a sheet pan and keep warm in a 170°F oven until ready to serve.



Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 978mg | Potassium: 740mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 231IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 2mg
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