Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets (Gluten Free!)

Homemade Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets (Gluten Free!) This simple chicken nugget recipe is crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside and light on the hips!

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Finding ways to lighten comfort foods, that are usually off limits during diet season, is a secret joy of mine.

After all good food makes life worth living… Even when we are watching our weight.

Skinny Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets (Gluten Free!) #healthy #skinny

This last year I have been experimenting with these sort of alterations using an air fryer.

Take french fries for instance. You can make them in the oven, to significantly reduce the amount of oil used, and they are much better for you than deep fried fries.

However, you can also make them in an air fryer with little to no oil at all, in half the time! It’s actually quite amazing.

How To: Healthy Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets (Gluten Free!) #healthy #skinny

My daughter has become sensitive to gluten in the last year. So many of my comfort-cooking endeavors include gluten free flour.

Today I thought it would be fun to share a family friendly recipe that is not only lower in fat and carbs, but gluten free as well!

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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets (Gluten Free!)

These easy homemade chicken nuggets are made just for the air fryer, with less fat than you would need in a deep fryer or even in the oven.

They prep steps include a three dip process including…

  • Gluten free baking flour and ranch dressing mix for seasoning. (Most brands of ranch dip powder are gluten free, but double-check!)
  • Oil (or butter) and milk – These two items mixed together create the bond between the chicken and the breading.
  • Gluten free bread crumbs – For the crisp outer coating.

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The little bit of fat holding the floured chicken pieces and the bread crumbs together, circulates in the air fryer giving the chicken pieces a crunchy coating on all sides!

Easy Healthy Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets (Gluten Free!) #healthy #skinny

How to Make Homemade Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

So how do you do it?

  1. Simply dunk the chicken pieces three times: flour, liquid, then bread crumbs.
  2. Then lay them in a single layer in the air fryer.
  3. “Fry” the chicken pieces for approximately 7 minutes.

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets (Gluten Free!) #healthy #skinny

Air Fryer Chicken Nugget Recipe Tips

  • It’s important to note that air fryers work best when the food cooking is in a single layer. So when feeding more than 2-3 people you will need to cook the nuggets in small batches.
  • It’s also important to remember that all air fryer brands are a little different, so the cooking time may vary a minute or two.
  • Not gluten free? You can make this recipe using traditional wheat flour and bread crumbs.
  • Want to spice things up? You can omit the ranch dressing mix and add your own combination of spices. Just don’t forget to add salt!

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets (Gluten Free!) #healthy #skinny

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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets (Gluten Free!) #healthy #skinny
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5 from 5 votes

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Total Time
24 mins
 
Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets (Gluten Free!) This simple chicken nugget recipe is crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside and light on the hips!
Servings: 4
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets
Amount Per Serving (8 nuggets)
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 659mg 27%
Potassium 429mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 0g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 0.7%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 1.9%
Iron 3.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes. Set out three bowls. Bowl 1: Combine the powdered ranch dressing mix and gluten free baking mix. Bowl 2: Mix the oil and milk together, whisk well. Bowl 3: Place the gluten free bread crumbs in the third bowl.

  2. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. 

  3. Work in two batches. Dip half the chicken pieces in the gluten free baking mix. Then dunk them in the oil and milk mixture. Finally dip the pieces in the gluten free bread crumbs.

  4. Lay the chicken nuggets in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook for 7 minutes. 

  5. Remove from the basket and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.

Recipe Notes

All air fryers vary a little. The nuggets may need anywhere from 6-9 minutes cook time per batch. 

 

Love Gluten? You can make this exact recipe using regular wheat flour and bread crumbs.

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Recipe (Gluten Free!) #healthy #skinny

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6 comments on “Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets (Gluten Free!)

  1. Sandraposted January 10, 2019 at 7:33 pm Reply

    Love this great, easy recipe for my air fryer!

  2. Brendaposted January 9, 2019 at 8:01 pm Reply

    Who doesn’t love chicken nuggets?! Great recipe!

  3. Melissaposted January 9, 2019 at 6:38 pm Reply

    These come out so crispy in the air fryer!

  4. Kimposted January 9, 2019 at 2:02 pm Reply

    What brand and size is your air fryer.

  5. kevin c singhposted January 9, 2019 at 10:19 am Reply

    This is an amazing recipe and these are as healthy as can be without limiting the taste. Will definitely be adding this to our family dinner! https://societyawards.com/gallery/michelin-guide-star-plaque

  6. Lizposted January 9, 2019 at 10:17 am Reply

    These cooked up perfectly! My family loved the taste and I loved that I didn’t have to deep fry them!!