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Chicken nuggets on a blue plate

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Easy to make air fryer chicken nuggets that can be easily frozen and air fried from frozen for homemade chicken nuggets anytime you want.
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets, Ninja Foodi Chicken Nuggets
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 438kcal
Author Louise


  • 1.5 lbs chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp oil for spritzing

Wet Batter

  • ½ cup water cold
  • 1 large egg cold
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour sifted


  • 1 cup breadcrumbs unseasoned
  • 1 tsp sea salt fine grind
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper


  • Trim & cube chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  • In a shallow container, add cold water and cold egg. Sift flour into the container. Mix with a fork, but do not beat or whisk. Gently swirl the fork around in the batter until the flour is mixed in and the batter is smooth.
  • In a second shallow container, combine breadcrumbs, salt, and cayenne pepper. Mix until combined.
  • Preheat the Ninja Foodi, with the basket in, on broil for 10 minutes.
  • Coat the chicken pieces in the wet batter and then coat in breadcrumbs. Place the coated chicken onto a cooling rack until all the pieces of chicken are coated.
  • Spritz the basket with oil of your choice and place the chicken nuggets in a single layer and spritz the top of the chicken nuggets with oil.
  • Close the TenderCrisp lid and select Air Crisp on 360°F/182°C. Air Crisp for 5 minutes and flip. Spritz with oil and Air Crisp for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the chicken nuggets are golden brown and the internal temp has reached at least 165°F/74°C
  • Remove and place on cooling rack until ready to serve or toss in your favorite wing sauce!
  • Serve & Enjoy



To freeze breaded chicken nuggets: 
Place chicken nuggets in a single layer on a tray covered in parchment paper. Place in freezer for 1-2 hours until frozen solid. 
Place chicken nuggets in a freezer bag (remove as much air as possible) and store up to 3 months. 
Air Crisp from Frozen:
Preheat the Ninja Foodi, with the basket in, on broil for 10 minutes. Spritz the basket with oil and dump in the chicken nuggets. Spritz the top of the chicken nuggets with oil.  Air Crisp on 360°F/182°C for 5 minutes. Flip and spritz again with oil. Air Crisp at the same temperature for another 5-7 minutes. Serve and enjoy! 


Serving: 8nuggets | Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 999mg | Potassium: 727mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 232IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 3mg