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Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Nuggets Recipe

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Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Nuggets are a savory and juicy homemade chicken nugget. Chicken nuggets in air fryer offer a crispy texture like they were fried in oil. 

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If you are a fan of air fryer nuggets, you have to try this version. Kids and adults both will enjoy this recipe. Grab your chicken breasts or chicken tenders and let’s get to cooking. 

Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

I could live off chicken, seriously! My husband, on the other hand, could care less. This recipe right here is one I made for him, and he said was a winner. Which if you know him is saying a lot. A crispy coating that beholds juicy and tender chicken. Pair with your favorite dipping sauce and dive in. 

I also have to rave on the Air Fryer! It is one handy kitchen accessory, that you might want to invest in. They make great gifts for birthdays and holidays. 

Are These Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Gluten Free

Yes. I wanted to create a lower carb and gluten free chicken nugget recipe that you could enjoy, and not feel guilty over. I opted for parmesan cheese for the breading and skipped the traditional flour or panko breadcrumb you see a lot in homemade recipes. 

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What Type Of Chicken Do You Use for Nuggets 

I bought boneless skinless chicken breast. If you want you can use a chicken tenderloin as well and cut chicken pieces so they are bite size. For this recipe, you need to use raw chicken. 

What Do You Use to Bread The Chicken Nuggets

I breaded the chicken with garlic powder, grated parmesan, and salt. You start by dipping chicken in egg wash, then roll in the breading. Next toss in the air fryer basket and cook.

easy air fryer nuggetsPro Tip For Air Fryer Nuggets

One of the biggest tips I will share is to make sure that when you lay your nuggets in the air fryer, they have room. You do not want the chicken to touch if you do those areas will not fully cook. You will get an uneven cook which is less than pleasant. So make sure to batch cook and don’t over-stuff the nuggets in your basket or wire rack (depending on the model of air fryer). 

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Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Nuggets Recipe


  • 3 pounds chicken breast cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Preheat Air Fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine the mayo, 1/4 cup of the cheese, garlic, and salt in a medium bowl. Add the chicken and stir to coat. Put the chicken on a large baking sheet. I put parchment on mine to save on the cleanup.
  3. Sprinkle on the rest of the cheese.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Optional: Broil for 2-3 minutes to brown the cheese. Watch the chicken closely if you are broiling so it doesn't burn.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 6 nuggets
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 415mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 57g

Could I Make This With Chicken Wings 

You could, but you would need to adjust the cooking time to ensure it cooks the chicken all the way through. Depending on the size of your chicken wings would depend on cook time, so without knowing I can’t gauge a good timeline for you. 

Best Way To Store Leftover Air Fryer Nuggets 

You will want to let your nuggets cool and then place them in an airtight container and toss in the fridge. Store up to three days. After that you will want to get rid of any leftovers you might have. 

What Are Some Good Sides That Go With Chicken Parmesan Nuggets 

Can You Freeze Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

Yes! You can freeze these parmesan chicken nuggets. Allow nuggets to cool and then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Then flash freeze in the freezer until hardened up a bit. Then transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag. Store up to three months. 

To reheat frozen nuggets, you can place in the oven frozen, and just warm them up until cooked through. I generally just cover with aluminum foil so it doesn’t over-brown the top of nuggets. 


Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

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Wednesday 4th of September 2019

I’m a little confused. The recipe mentions mayo but it’s not on the ingredient list. Also, the directions say to preheat the oven, do you mean air fryer? Can I sub heavy cream instead of milk? We are Keto and don’t drink/use milk. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe just wanted some clarification. 😊


Thursday 5th of September 2019

Hey Jamie! Sorry about that, I got the recipe updated. In terms of heavy cream as a sub, I can't say for sure that would work. I would almost say you would have better luck with say a plain almond milk instead of heavy cream.

Jennifer Soltys

Wednesday 17th of July 2019

I just got an Air Fryer and need recipes. This looks like the perfect one to start with. YUM!!

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