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Homemade Chicken Nuggets Air Fryer

Love Chick Fil A nuggets but want to make them at home? We have a killer homemade chicken nuggets air fryer recipe that is a great copycat! If you love our air fryer frozen chicken nuggets but want to make them from scratch this one is great.

chick fil a air fryer nuggets

I bet you’re like us and love this popular fast food chain. When you try this homemade chicken nuggets air fryer recipe you’ll be surprised at how similar they are. One of many easy air fryer recipes here on our site. (affiliate links present)

Copycat Air Fryer Chick Fil A Chicken Nuggets

We have made many air fryer chicken recipes. This and our air fryer popcorn chicken can be plain or amped up. Add as much seasoning as you’d like, or use tricks like marinating in pickle juice to add flavor.

Using healthy chunks of chicken breast these are much better than processed right out of a bag for sure. If you want to use ground turkey or chicken, follow our homemade chicken nuggets with ground chicken recipe. Those can be air fried too instead of fried.

If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

cosori review

Homemade Chicken Nuggets in Air Fryer

Did you read that last sentence above right? Yes, the tip to that great taste you love is pickle juice!! I mean you can use what’s in your jar at home and have a snack at the same time with a few dills while you’re at it. 😉

Another surprise is you’ll use some powdered sugar as well! You’ll be surprised at how great this savory and sweet combo really is. Other items needed are:

Olive oil cooking spray is needed for most chicken in air fryer recipes to get the outside nice and crispy. BUT they use peanut oil so if you want that authentic taste you’d need to add that to a kitchen spray bottle.

cubed chicken

You can drain some of the liquid out of your Vlasic or Claussen jar unless you make homemade pickles at home. Then use some of that.

Chick Fil A Nuggets Recipe

Once you have your meat cut into about 1″ pieces you’ll start by marinating it for just a bit. I mean you can let it sit longer than 30 minutes if you want a much stronger dill flavor.

What is Chick Fil A Nuggets Made of?

They use real chicken breast pieces, no fillers like some other fast food joints. They are actually fried in peanut oil so if you want a genuine taste you’d need to use that in a spray bottle instead of olive oil.

egg wash

Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets Recipe

Then you’ll need two shallow bowls so you can create the coating for the outside. This will create crispy chicken nuggets air frying style. Ensure that each piece of chicken is in 1″ size pieces and all are the same so they cook evenly.

If you are making a large batch have a sheet pan handy. Then you can bread them, set them on the pan and lay a single layer of pieces in each time.

Cook, remove from air fryer basket, and add another batch and bake chicken nuggets again until they’re all done. If you serve it with a batch of frozen waffle fries in air fryer you’ll get the full restaurant affect.

homemade nuggets air fryer

You’ll want to dredge them in the flour, then into the egg mixture, and back into the flour. Shake off the excess and place into a preheated basket. Once you are ready to cook a spray of oil on top will be necessary.

I have not used Panko bread crumbs before but I would assume a mixture of Panko parmesan would work well too. If you needed a low carb and or gluten free version you might want to try that instead.

ninja foodi chicken nuggets

Chicken Breast Nuggets

Get your kids involved in the kitchen making these and dipping, dipping, and dredging. Mine love cooking and baking now that I have worked with them over the years.

It makes them want to try new things when they can say “I made it myself.” Of course you need to do the slicing and anything involving heat with little ones but as they get older they can take over more responsibilities.

Now that my girls are teens and young adults they are quite comfortable cooking, and even make meals for us once a week to help out. Boy has that been a blessing.

air fryer nuggets

Air Fryer Homemade Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Tips to remember when using your Cosori or other hot air machine: Always preheat your machine, this will make it cook more evenly. Make pieces the same size so they’re all done at the same time and don’t get too done.

  • Lay cubed meat on paper towels to remove moisture on the outside. This will help coating to stick.
  • Spray non stick cooking oil into the basket so nothing sticks. Breading with flour likes to do that and can remove it entirely.
  • Do not overlap your food, even when cooking frozen chicken breast in air fryer it can inhibit the air from circulating properly.
  • Oil spray is necessary to moisten the outside as well as getting that really crispy chicken crunch you’ll want.

If you follow these tips you will get the best result possible. You may never buy them ready made or at restaurants again after this. 😉

Homemade Chicken Nuggets Air Fryer recipe

Super kid friendly if you serve them with all sorts of different dipping sauces on the side!

I’m telling you that you’ll be the coolest mom if you serve it this way for dinner some night. Plate for everyone with chicken divided up. Then put some of each sauce in a small dixie cup to dip away!

What goes best with chicken nuggets?

  • You could just sprinkle parmesan cheese on top if you wanted a less messy option.
  • Honey mustard is easy and you can get it ready made in a jar.
  • Our bang bang sauce is incredible, or salsa verde for a bit of spice.
  • The most popular would be ketchup or fry sauce around here.

Our Copycat Chick Fil A macaroni and cheese recipe is my girls’ favorite one by far.

How to Make Fry Sauce

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Here are quick step by step directions but there is a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post as well.

Pour pickle juice on chicken pieces in a bowl. Let it marinate for 30 minutes.

  • On a plate combine flour, powdered sugar, slat, pepper and paprika. Mix together. In a shallow bowl whisk together milk and egg.
  • Preheat air fryer to 370 F for 5 minutes. Remove meat from marinade and place on a few paper towels just so excess moisture is absorbed and coating will stick well.
  • One at a time dredge chicken into flour mixture, then into egg wash and back into flour mix. Shake off excess and place into air fryer basket in a single layer.

Spray coated chicken pieces with peanut or olive oil spray. When full but pieces are not overlapping cook for 8 minutes flipping pieces over halfway through.

For extra crispy pieces spray with olive oil again after flipping over at minute 4. To make homemade air fryer fish nuggets follow this recipe too!!

homemade fish nuggets

When reheating chicken in air fryer there are a few tips you should remember too, we go over them in the above post.

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets Air Fryer

Love Chick Fil A nuggets but want to make them at home? We have a killer homemade chicken nuggets air fryer recipe that is a great copycat!
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chick fil a, chicken nuggets, copycat, homemade
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 177kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pour pickle juice on chicken pieces in a bowl. Let it marinate for 30 minutes. Lay pieces on paper towels just to remove excess moisture on the outsides.
  • On a plate combine flour, powdered sugar, slat, pepper and paprika. Mix together.
  • In a shallow bowl whisk together milk and egg.
  • Preheat air fryer to 370 F for 5 minutes.
  • One at a time dredge chicken into flour mixture, then into egg wash and back into flour mix. Shake off excess. Spray non stick or olive oil spray in preheated basket. Place coated pieces into air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Spray chicken with olive oil spray. When full but not overlapping cook for 8 minutes flipping pieces over halfway through.
  • For extra crispy pieces spray with olive oil again after flipping over at minute 4.

Video

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Chicken Nuggets Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 1395mg61%
Potassium 106mg3%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 189IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Jennifer

Wednesday 2nd of February 2022

Could these be made ahead and frozen? I have a disabled brother and we are trying to find healthy options for him to warm up In The air fryer he received for Christmas.

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 2nd of February 2022

I haven't tried that but I imagine if you cooked them, cooled, layed flat on a baking sheet, freeze them that way and then add into gallon freezer bags it would work just as well as taking out processed nuggets and reheating.

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