RECIPE: Air fryer chicken nuggets

Air fryers have been a ‘thing’ in recent years. I have to admit they can be pretty handy when it comes to dinner time. If you’re looking for a healthier option for a kid-friendly dinner, give these easy homemade air fryer chicken nuggets a go.

Fresh chicken breast, cut into nugget-sized pieces, seasoned, dipped in melted butter and then breadcrumbs, then baked to perfection in the air fryer. Yes please! There’s no oil and they are a hit with the whole family.

This is the sort of recipe you can prep ahead of time. You can also freeze them once they are completely cooked, which means they can be reheated just like you would a supermarket bought packet.

You can serve this meal with steamed or roasted vegetables.

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Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 8 minutes
Makes 20


  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
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  1. Preheat air fryer to 200C for 5 minutes.
  2. Trim fat from chicken breast. Slide into 1cm thick slices, then into 2 or 3 nuggets.
  3. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  4. Place melted butter in a small bowl. In another bowl, place breadcrumbs and Parmesan.
  5. Dip each chicken piece into butter. Then, place into breadcrumb mix until coated.
  6. Place a single layer of chicken nuggets into air fryer basket.
  7. Set timer to 8 minutes.
  8. Be sure to check internal temperature of chicken nuggets is at least 75C before removing from basket. Place on a plate to cool.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Calories: 364kcal.

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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