How to Air Fry Chicken Nuggets?

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How to Air Fry Chicken Nuggets?

Did someone say Nuggets?

Yes! You heard it right. We are talking about the most loved and served dish of the town, the nuggets. Nuggets are the kind of dish that is equally popular with kids and adults. It serves two purposes in one bite. Its bite gives you first the feeling of crunch, followed by the juicy inner chicken. Besides this, nuggets have some other plus points too. They are Quick to cook, Cost-effective, Easy lunchtime meals for kids.

The use of chicken, a balanced amount of spices, and sprinkled with parmesan cheese make it the healthiest and yummiest food for children; as a cherry on top, air frying just added to the nutrition and value of the chicken nuggets. This article will give you a very detailed overview of how you can make air fry chicken nuggets and what other combinations you can try with them. This is going to be a fun nuggets ride, so fasten your seatbelts.

How to prepare the Chicken Nuggets?

So let’s come to the point and hop onto the next level where we will share the not-so-secret recipe of chicken nuggets.

There are two optional ways to prepare nuggets, and then there is a fun way too, but you have to be patient for that.

1- You can cut chicken breast into 1-inch dices


2-You can prepare nuggets from chicken mince

Remember, folks; These are optional methodologies. You can go for any of them.  Next comes the ingredients. Please find the ingredients card below.

  • 2 Chicken breasts diced/minced
  • 2 tsp of Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp of soya sauce
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • Grated Parmesan cheese as required
  • 1/2 cup melted Butter

Why Air Frying? What’s so Special about it?

Well, the term itself sounds so light, so imagine how light the food will be if it is cooked this way. Air frying has many advantages, but the biggest one is, it doesn’t require a whole pan of oil to prepare your food. So you can get that crunch, tenderness, and juicy meals that you expect in deep oil frying. Although deep frying gives you the crunchiest crust, it also gives you many extra calories that you can avoid by using an air fryer.

Research shows that air frying reduced the extra added calories from deep frying to almost half. Take nuggets, for instance. Air-fried nuggets with a weight of 100g contain 120 calories and 3.6g; conversely, deep oil fried nuggets containing 100g contain 296g calories and 20g fats. So now you know why we are preaching about air frying; because it’s not adding extra calories but taste and nutrition to our food.

Directions to Air Fry the Chicken Nuggets

  1. Now comes the mixing part. But before that:
  2. Preheat the air fryer 400°F for precisely 8 minutes.
  3. Take a bowl and pour chicken dice/mince, salt, soya sauce, pepper.
  4. Please give it a mix so that all the ingredients spread and stick to the chicken evenly.
  5. Mix seasoning, breadcrumbs, and parmesan in another bowl.
  6. Oil the dish in which you are going to bake the nuggets in the air fryer.
  7. Coat each dice with breadcrumb and cheese mix and leave it to rest.
  8. Please put them in a dish, spray oil on all coaxed nuggets and let the air fry do its job.
  9. Flip them after 4 minutes to get equally golden air-fried chicken nuggets.

How to make Fun of Chicken Nuggets?

You can please your children and lure them to eat nuggets in the most fun way. For example, if you are using minced chicken, you can turn nuggets in any shape you want, from cubes to stars and triangles to a flower. All you need to do is spread the mixed mince into an even layer. Then pinch the different shapes of molds into it, and tada, fun nuggets are ready to be air fried. We call them fun nuggets because from making to eating, they give immense pleasure and joy.

TIP! You can add grated vegetables to make rainbow nuggets.

Which side Dishes you can use as a Combo with Chicken Nuggets?

Nuggets are like potatoes; you can eat them plain or combine them with whatever you want; they can be fit anytime, anywhere. Here are some of the combo dishes you can try out with nuggets.

  • Chicken nuggets with French fries
  • Chicken nuggets with Salad
  • Chicken nuggets with simple creamy pasta

Recommended Sauces with Chicken Nuggets:

Although it’s not necessary to always eat nuggets with sauces or dips, one can enjoy them without any of them. But it’s good to serve the following recommended sauces to double up the taste. For example, you can serve chicken nuggets with the following sauces and dips of your choice:

  • Tomato ketchup
  • BBQ sauce
  • Garlic Mayo dip
  • Chili garlic sauce

Coriander, green chili, and mint sauce ( put coriander, green chili, mint, garlic, lemon, salt, red chili if you want spice in a blending container. Blend all the ingredients well, and your green sauce is ready)

While mommies usually avoid giving their kids any fast food, this recipe fulfills the craving for fast food and keeps the promise of being healthy and nutritious for the kids. It contains all the necessary ingredients essential for kids. Most important of all are proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins present in the right amounts that serve as an energy source for kids.

Bottom Line:

So it’s time to wrap up the nuggets chapter. While you are enjoying the fresh air fried chicken nuggets, I just wanted to let you know that you can make and save them too. It’s pretty easy. After coating them in breadcrumbs and spices, refrigerate them in an airtight container or plastic sealing bag. They can remain fresh for up to one week.

So adults, whenever your heart craves for nuggets and mommies when your kids are screaming for them, get them out of the freezer, put them in an air fryer, and there you go. Quick and delicious nuggets are ready to eat.