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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Recipe

This air fryer chicken nuggets recipe makes you a healthier alternative to the classic McDonald’s snack.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken nuggets, chicken nuggets in air fryer, frozen nuggets in an air fryer, how to make chicken nuggets in air fryer
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 13 oz skinless boneless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 0.25 oz parmesan grated
  • 1/2 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 medium egg
  • 2 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise


  • Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
  • Place 13 oz chicken-thigh chunks in a bowl. Add 1/8 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp chili pepper flakes, and 1/4 tsp paprika. Mix to coat all the pieces with the seasonings, and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • In a smaller bowl, mix 3/4 tbsp melted butter, 0.25 oz grated parmesan, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, and 1 tbsp chopped parsley. You can add everything to a food processor and blend instead of mixing if you prefer. Crack an egg into another small bowl and whisk well.
  • Add 2 tbsp of all-purpose flour to the bowl of chicken thighs and mix to coat all of the pieces in flour. Pick up a piece, dip in egg, then breadcrumbs, then egg again, and finally breadcrumbs again. Be sure to coat all sides evenly, and do the same to all of the pieces. Set the nuggets aside on a rack or a large dish.
  • Open the air fryer. Place the nuggets inside in one layer, and cook for 10 minutes. Flip with a pair of tongs, and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve with 2 tbsp mayonnaise.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 254IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg