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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

$11.75 Recipe/$1.96 Serving

Air fryer chicken nuggets made with chicken breast and a simple grain free coating are going to become a family favorite!

These healthy chicken nuggets are baked in the air fryer and get a crispy, golden, crunchy coating without added oil! Made with almond flour and arrowroot powder, these chicken tenders are gluten free, egg free, grain free, paleo, low carb and Whole30 friendly!

Hand coming from the top left of the photo picking up an air fryer chicken nugget

Crispy homemade air fryer chicken tenders

One of the favorite nights of the week is when I make air fryer chicken tenders for Dave! They smell amazing and Dave just adores them! I love how easy they are to make and now that I have the air fryer, I don’t have to heat up the whole kitchen to make them!

The air fryer has easily become one of my favorite kitchen gadgets! I love making crispy roasted brussel sprouts, sweet potato fries and these healthy crispy chicken nuggets!

What I love about using the air fryer to make these chicken nuggets is how crispy the crust gets! You can also make this recipe in the oven but I find that they never get as crispy as in the air fryer.

Air fryer basket filled with air fryer chicken nuggets
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How to make air fryer chicken nuggets

Ingredients

Step by step instructions

Since Dave is egg free, I have had to get creative with how to get the breading stick to chicken nuggets and chicken tenders. Well I have the perfect solution for that: Dijon Mustard!

The dijon mustard works just as well as an egg wash and it also adds a layer of flavor to the chicken.

If you don’t want to use the dijon mustard and can use eggs, you could also use a traditional egg wash (just whisk up an egg or two and dip the chicken nuggets in the egg before the crust mixture).

  1. Start by cutting the boneless, skinless chicken breast (or boneless, skinless chicken thighs) into bite size pieces using a sharp knife or kitchen shears. I usually use kitchen shears because it’s so much easier
  2. Have 2 pans out for the chicken, one for the dijon mustard and one for the coating.
  3. Mix together the almond flour, arrowroot powder, salt and seasoning in one of the pans.
  4. Coat the chicken in dijon mustard
  5. Dredge the chicken in the seasoned mixture and be sure to fully coat the chicken.
    Hand holding a chicken nugget before baking in the air fryer
  6. Place the chicken nuggets in the air fryer basket, making sure not to overcrowd the basket.
  7. Bake at 390F for 15 minutes, flipping halfway
  8. Depending on the size of your air fryer you may need to do this recipe in batches to cook all of the chicken.

What other spices could you use in the coating

Air fryer chicken tenders common questions

How do you make egg free chicken nuggets?

The dijon mustard works just as well as an egg wash and it also adds a layer of flavor to the chicken.

If you don’t want to use the dijon mustard and can use eggs, you could also use a traditional egg wash (just whisk up an egg or two and dip the chicken nuggets in the egg before the crust mixture).

How to make nut free paleo chicken nuggets

Instead of almond flour you can use sunflower seed, pumpkin seed or hemp hearts. Put whatever seed you want to use in a high speed blender or food processor and blend until the seeds are broken down into a flour like texture.

Large plate filled with air fryer chicken nuggets. There is a bowl of bbq sauce in the top right part of the plate.

How long do gluten free chicken nuggets last in the fridge

If you decide you want to double or triple the recipe, you can always store the extra in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you need them to last longer than 3 days, you should put the air fryer chicken nuggets into the freezer and pull them out when you need them. 

How to store leftovers

Yes! After cooking, you can freeze the chicken nuggets after allowing them to cool completely. Freeze them in on a cookie sheet or in a gallon size freezer bag in a flat layer so they don’t freeze together. Once frozen you can transfer them to a freezer bag or freezer safe container.

To reheat frozen air fryer chicken nuggets you can use the air fryer or the toaster oven. You could reheat the frozen nuggets in the microwave but they may get soggy.

Hand dipping an air fryer chicken nugget in bbq sauce. The plate below is also filled with chicken nuggets
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Large plate filled with air fryer chicken nuggets. There is a bowl of bbq sauce in the top right part of the plate.

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

$11.75 Recipe/$1.96 Serving
Air fryer chicken nuggets are an easy, healthy recipe that the whole family will love! These low carb homemade chicken nuggets are made with almond flour and arrowroot making them gluten free, paleo and Whole30 friendly! This simple recipe is egg free too and your kids are going to love them! 
5 from 2 votes
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken nuggets, egg free chicken nuggets, gluten free chicken nuggets, paleo chicken nuggets, whole30 chicken nuggets
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 6 servings

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large pan, combine the arrowroot flour, almond flour, salt, and herbs de provence
  • Cut the chicken breast up into bite size pieces using a knife or kitchen shears. 
  • Place the cut up chicken in a separate large pan or plate. 
  • Add the dijon mustard to the chicken and coat the chicken, moving it around with your hands until fully coated with a thin layer of mustard. 
  • Transfer the chicken to the pan filled with the almond flour mixture a few pieces of chicken at a time.
  • Coat the chicken nugget pieces in the almond flour mixture, being sure to press down and really make sure all sides are getting coated. 
  • Place the coated chicken into the air fryer basket, making sure it doesn’t get over crowded. 
  • Once the basket is full, spray the chicken with a light mist of the non-stick spray. This might require you to cook the chicken in batches depending on the size of your air fryer
  • Cook at 390F for 15 minutes. After 9 minutes, flip the chicken carefully. 
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
Calories
195
Fat
 
8
g
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
Fiber
 
1
g
Sugar
 
1
g
Protein
 
26
g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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Risa B.

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

This was so good! It even had my picky teen's vote! I'll definitely make this again.

Samantha Rowland

Wednesday 26th of August 2020

That is a win for sure Risa!! I'm sure these disappeared quickly with teens in the house :)

Cindy

Thursday 2nd of April 2020

Easy, delicious, and fits both our diets (mine and hubby's, that is). I didn't have Dijon mustard, so I subbed 4 teaspoons brown mustard and 2 teaspoons honey. Since I don't have an air fryer, I cooked my chicken at 425 degrees for about 12 minutes. Air fryer would probably make the nuggets crispier, but we both loved these nuggets. Thanks for sharing your recipe!