Quick and delicious dinner or meal prep that is easily customizable. These air fried seasoned nuggets are your go-to nightly meal when you have to time to prep! Cut, sprinkle and cook, that's all it takes. These pack a punch in a tiny, bite-sized nugget. Air fry nuggets bring me back to my childhood and are such simple comfort food. How do you make air fry chicken nuggets? It is quite simple to make, just cut, season and air fry! This is a healthier option for kids or meal prep.
Nuggets in the air fryer are better than any other nuggets out there!
What Do You Need To Make Air Fried Seasoned Nuggets
An air fryer would be the first thing! I like to use this double basket air fryer or this rack style air fryer but if you do not have an air fryer, you can cook the chicken in the oven at 400 degrees, for a little longer. Follow the same instructions, flipping and spraying the chicken until fully cooked.
Next would be all the ingredients, which is just very simple.
- Chicken tenderloins
Yes, it is really that easy. Use any seasonings you like but I will share my favorites.
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Seasoned salt
- Salt and pepper
I find chicken tenderloins to be the best type of chicken for air fry nuggets as they are already thin, therefore, minimal cutting is required. Any cut of chicken, such as chicken breast, can be used, but you will have to cut it down more.
You can make my version of these chicken nuggets but you can also make any version you would like. Use chili powder, ground red pepper and black pepper for a spicier version. Alternatively, try lemon pepper seasonings for a nugget that taste like a lemon pepper wing. One of my favorite is basil, parsley, thyme, and rosemary for an Italian style nugget. This recipe is amazing with so many different combinations of seasonings.
Did someone say sauce! One of my favorite words. I served this with hot sauce but I have tons of sauces that would be amazing with this. My yum yum sauce recipe is really good with this. My husband loves mixing my yum yum sauce with some sriracha sauce for these nuggets. If you love spicy, you can also check out my Nashville hot chicken sauce. I love these with my homemade healthy ranch as well, I am more of a creamy, not too spicy, person. Similiar to my healthy homemade ranch would be my copycat chick-fil-a sauce or cheeseburger sauce. But really, even just your basic ketchup or mustard works. Yeah, that's a lot of sauces to choose from but I am sure you will find one that you love.
How To Make Air Fried Seasoned Nuggets
Start by preheating the air fryer to 350 degrees and greasing the basket with cooking spray.
Start by cutting up the chicken tenderloins into bite-sized pieces. The smaller the pieces, the quicker they will cook and vice-versa. Sprinkle on all of the seasonings on the nuggets and toss to coat.
Air fry at 350 degrees for 3 minutes. Open the air fryer and spray the chicken with cooking spray. Air fry for another 2 minutes. Flip the chicken pieces then spray again with cooking spray. Air fry for another 5 minutes, until chicken is fully cooked.
If you do not have an air fryer, you can bake these in the oven at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes.
Air Fried Seasoned Nuggets
- 16 ounces chicken tenderloins
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon oregano
- Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
- Cut chicken up into bite-sized pieces, about one inch by one inch. Sprinkle on all of the seasonings and toss to coat.
- Air fry at 350 degrees for 3 minutes. Open the air fryer and spray the chicken with cooking spray. Air fry for another 2 minutes.
- Flip the chicken pieces then spray again with cooking spray. Air fry for another 5 minutes, until chicken is fully cooked.
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