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5 Ingredient Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets are a quick and easy way to cook a low carb, gluten-free, keto meal at home. Serve this delicious dinner with your favorite sauce for dipping; they're so much healthier than their deep fried or fast food counterparts.
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Our Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets recipe has just 5-ingredients using only ground chicken, mozzarella cheese, egg, and seasoning (see why it is going viral on TikTok!)

Perfect for keto, gluten-free, and paleo followers, these healthy air fryer chicken nuggets are grain-free and contain no breading or batter.

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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Recipe

These 5 Ingredient Tik Tok Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets have gone viral for a reason: the recipe is not only super simple, but it makes the BEST air fryer chicken nuggets in 13 minutes from start to finish, which is a lot faster than any delivery service.

Made with real ground chicken, these keto chicken nuggets are completely void of any starchy fillers, chemicals, mystery meat, or panko bread crumb coating, so they’re much healthier than their deep-fried fast food counterparts or the packaged ones from the store.

Air frying chicken nuggets means they’re not covered in oil; each batch cooks crispy, golden on the outside, and tender, juicy inside, with a satisfying crunch in every bite.

Dip your air fryer keto chicken nuggets in a sweet or savory sauce and serve them with a simple salad, a steamed vegetable, or any other side.

Why We Love this Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make in minutes.
  • Only uses 3 ingredients plus seasoning.
  • Fresher than any frozen chicken nuggets you will buy from the freezer section at the grocery store.
  • Uses cheese and egg as a binder in place of other fillers.
  • Chicken nuggets aren’t just for children, although they are kid-friendly and approved!
  • Paleo, Keto, Low Carb, Grain Free, Whole30, and Gluten Free (use dairy-free cheese to make this dairy free too!)
  • A quick healthy, delicious dinner when you need to feed your family in a hurry.

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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Ingredients

  • Ground chicken
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Egg
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt

Chicken Nuggets Air Fryer substitutions and additions

  • Serve With Sauce: Some of my favorite condiments to use for dipping are ranch dressing, chick-fil-a sauce, ketchup, hot sauce, honey, and bbq sauce.
  • Swap The Seasoning: You can use red pepper flakes, paprika, onion powder, or cajun seasoning (for a spicy kick) instead of or in addition to the garlic powder.
  • Choose Your Cheese: Feel free to use Colby Jack, Pepper Jack, or any cheese you prefer in this recipe.
  • Create A Crunchy Coat: You can coat your chicken in crushed pork rinds or pork panko to give your keto nuggets a crunchy coat.

Chicken Nuggets Air Fryer Tools

  • Air Fryer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cooking spray
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How to Air Fry Chicken Nuggets

  1. Make The Mixture: Mix together all the ingredients with your hands.
  2. Shape: Shape the mixture into small oval chicken piece nuggets.
  3. Cook: Spray the basket of your air fryer with cooking spray or spray olive oil and cook the nuggets for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Serve: Serve hot with your favorite sauces. Enjoy!

Homemade Chicken Nuggets in Air Fryer tips

  • Arrange the nuggets in the basket so they are not touching. You may have cook them multiple in batches.
  • You can also make Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets with canned chicken. Make sure you drain it well before mixing it with the other ingredients.

How to serve this Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Serve the chicken nuggets hot and crispy as a delicious main dish or snack. Pair them with your favorite dipping sauces, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, or honey mustard, for added flavor.

How to store Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

  • To Store: Store your keto nuggets in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. and in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To Freeze: Store your keto nuggets in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
  • To Reheat: Reheat your nuggets in the air fryer.
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Chicken Nuggets Air Fryer FAQs

How Can I Make Sure homemade chicken Nuggets Are Crispy?

For the crispiest nuggets, place them in a single layer in your air fryer basket, making sure to leave space around them so that the hot air can circulate. The nuggets should not be touching. It is important not to overcrowd your basket.

Can I Bake Chicken Nuggets In The Oven?

Yes, you can bake your chicken nuggets in the oven if you do not have an air fryer. Bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 F.

Why Does This Recipe use Ground Chicken Instead Of Chicken Breast Or Tenders?

The main reason this recipe uses ground chicken is that I love the soft texture. Using breasts or tenders would result in harder nuggets with a fried chicken-like texture. Also, you can season ground chicken with your favorite spices and seasonings so they are perfectly prepared just the way you like them.

What Should I Serve With My Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets?

These nuggets will pair well with my other air fryer recipes, like Sweet Potato Fries, French Fries, and Buffalo Cauliflower. They will also taste delicious alongside some tater tots, fresh steamed broccoli, green beans, or any other veggie.

What is the best chicken nuggets in air fryer temp?

Our recommended temperature for cooking chicken nuggets in an air fryer is typically around 400°F (200°C).

How long to air fry chicken nuggets?

The cooking time for chicken nuggets in an air fryer varies depending on the size and thickness of the nuggets and the specific air fryer model. In general, it takes about 10-15 minutes, flipping the nuggets halfway through for even cooking, until they are golden brown and reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets in Air Fryer

Serves — 18
5 Ingredient Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets are a quick and easy way to cook a low carb, gluten-free, keto meal at home. Serve this delicious dinner with your favorite sauce for dipping; they're so much healthier than their deep fried or fast food counterparts.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients gently with your hands.
  • Shape the mixture into small oval nugget shapes.
  • When the air fryer has come to temperature, spray the inside with cooking spray.
  • Arrange the nuggets in the basket so they are not touching. You may have to do this in batches.
  • Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the nuggets from the air fryer.
  • Serve hot with your favorite sauces.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Store your keto nuggets in an air tight container in the fridge up to 3 days. and in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To Freeze: Store your keto nuggets in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
  • To Reheat: Reheat your nuggets in the air fryer.
Tips:
  • Arrange the nuggets in the basket so they are not touching. You may have cook them multiple in batches.
  • You can also make Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets with canned chicken. Make sure you drain it well before mixing it with the other ingredients.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.2g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 0.001mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Jennifer Fishkind

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Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. 4 stars
    i added some sauteed peppers, onions and garlic to the mix before molding the nuggets…mostly for myself because I can’t have the condiments. Everyone liked them!

  2. 5 stars
    Just got an air fryer and my daughter insisted on chicken nuggets and I found you on Pinterest. I gotta say I LOVE how cute your blog is.