Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

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Chicken soaked in a fabulous batter, rolled in Panko bread crumbs then air fried (or pan fried) to a crispy golden brown on the outside yet tender, juicy and full of flavor on the inside. These are not just for the kids anymore!

In my next post I will share a delicious Bang Bang Chicken Sauce that goes great with these Chicken Nuggets.

Adapted from: Joanna Cismaru

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In a medium bowl whisk together the flour,

cornstarch, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.

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Add the egg, buttermilk and Sriracha sauce.

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Whisk until a smooth batter forms.

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Place the chicken chunks into the batter and

let them sit for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

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Place the Panko bread crumbs into a bowl. Add the chicken

chunks, discarding the batter, and coat the chicken completely.

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Place the breaded chicken onto a plate

covered with waxed paper in a single layer.

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Spray the air fryer pan with cooking oil.

Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes at 390º.

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Place the chicken nuggets in a single layer,

without touching, on the bottom of the pan.

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Air fry for 5 minutes, carefully turn them over

and air fry for another 5 minutes or until golden

brown and the internal temperature is at 165-170

degrees, do not overcook or they will be dry.

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

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Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1” pieces)
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Sriracha sauce
  • 1 large egg, slightly whisked with a fork
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 – 2 cups Panko bread crumbs

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
  2. Add the egg, buttermilk and Sriracha sauce. Whisk until a smooth batter forms.
  3. Add the chicken chunks coating them completely with the batter. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
  4. Place the Panko bread crumbs into a bowl. Add the chicken chunks, discarding the batter, and toss to completely coat them with the bread crumbs. Place them on a waxed paper covered plate in a single layer.
  5. Spray the air fryer pan with cooking oil. Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes at 390 degrees.
  6. Place the chicken nuggets into the pan in a single layer and without touching each other.
  7. Air fry for 5 minutes, turn over and air fry another 5 minutes or until golden brown and 165-170 degrees. Do not overcook or they will be dry. You will probably need to do these in batches.

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29 Comments »

  1. Those look so delicious and love the freshly fried look. I don’t imagine these lasted very long on the plate! I don’t think I’ve ever cooked with Panko before; will have to give it a try.

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    • Me either, it was my first time using Panko crumbs and now I have a large box of it. Regular bread crumbs can’t even compare to Panko. I can’t believe this was the first time I ever tried them. Thanks Ab!

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  2. I love chicken nuggets (must be the inner child in me 😊) and can’t wait for that Bang Bang sauce! We (well, more my husband) have a few chicken dishes up his sleeves this coming week … but I’m sure we can work these nuggets in somewhere on the menu 👍🏻.

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