Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Healthier option for a kid-friendly dinner! Easy homemade chicken nuggets, breaded and baked in an air fryer.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken, air fryer chicken nuggets
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 364 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan optional


  1. Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees for 4 minutes.
  2. Trim any fat from chicken breast, Slice into 1/2 inch thick slices, then each slice into 2 to 3 nuggets. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  3. Place melted butter in a small bowl and breadcrumbs ( with Parmesan, if using ) in another small bowl.
  4. Dip each piece of chicken in butter, then breadcrumbs.
  5. Place in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to bake in two batches or more.
  6. Set timer to 8 minutes.
  7. When done, check if the internal temperature of chicken nuggets is at least 165 degrees F. Remove nuggets from basket with tongs and set onto a plate to cool.

Recipe Notes

Serve with steamed or roasted vegetables or fruit salad and yogurt.

This recipe makes about 21 chicken nuggets from one chicken breast. You can double and use two chicken breast and make 42 nuggets, which is comparable to the amount you get in a bag in a grocery store. 

You can use plain breadcrumbs, however I prefer Italian style. 

The amount of calories does not include Parmesan cheese, which is optional. 

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 364
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.