Choose one of these 10 Air Fryer Chicken Nugget Recipes to make for lunch or dinner!
There are so many ways to make chicken nuggets in the air fryer, how do you choose? Well, you don’t! Try them all and see what you like, plus you can get a variety of flavors too.
How long do you cook chicken nuggets in the Air Fryer?
Each recipe in the list will have a specific time; however, generally just about 12-15 minutes. The important thing to note is that ALL air fryers heat differently.
There is truly no real magic number because they all seem to put off a different level of heat, the best idea is to have a meat thermometer on hand to check the temperature throughout the cooking time.
I have several meat thermometers, but this inexpensive ThermoPro gets the job done well!
The internal temperature needs to be at least 165*F to be considered well done.
Tips for Making Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets:
Remember that if you plan to make chicken nuggets completely from scratch, do not cook the fries and chicken nuggets together.
If you are using frozen pre-cooked chicken nuggets and frozen fries, then you could easily cook all of those together.
The recipes I’m sharing today are all using raw chicken, so do not cook them together.
As mentioned above, be sure to keep a close eye on the temperature. I’ve also found that we prefer chicken thighs over chicken breast in most cases, but again that is a personal preference.
Regardless of the recipe you use, it’s always a good idea to flip or turn over the chicken halfway through the cooking time. Another option is to simply shake the basket a bit so they do not stick to the bottom.
Want less mess?
For even less mess, you can use a few different things to cover the base of your basket. There is Air Fryer Parchment Paper as well as Silicone Air Fryer that fits well in the Ninja Foodi or the Air Fryer.
A little oil spray is also a must to have on hand. A few you could use would be grapeseed, coconut, or avocado. Find out more about the oil sprayers with this article.
If the nuggets look floury at all, just give them a light spray of oil and they will be perfectly crispy!
Now enjoy these tasty Air Fryer Nugget Recipes!