Chicken “Nuggets” Recipe

Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with these irresistible homemade chicken “nuggets”! Bursting with flavor and crispy goodness, these nuggets are sure to become a favorite in your household. Made with simple ingredients and cooked to perfection in the air fryer, they’re a healthier alternative to traditional fried nuggets. Follow this detailed recipe to create a culinary masterpiece that will leave you craving more!



  • 1 (12.5 ounce) can or chunk of chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • Creole seasoning (to taste)
  • Yellow mustard (for serving)


  1. Preparation:
    • Start by draining the canned chicken and squeezing it in a clean towel or cheesecloth to remove excess moisture. This step is crucial for achieving a crispy texture in your nuggets.
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the drained chicken with grated Parmesan cheese, shredded Mozzarella cheese, one large egg, and Creole seasoning to taste. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  2. Forming the Nuggets:
    • Line the basket of your air fryer with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
    • Take the chicken mixture and form it into approximately 10 equally sized nuggets. You can use your hands to shape them into nugget shapes, ensuring they’re evenly sized for consistent cooking.
  3. Air Frying:
    • Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C) according to manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Once preheated, carefully place the nuggets in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they’re not overcrowded. You may need to cook them in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
    • Air fry the nuggets for about 15 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time to ensure even browning and crispiness. Keep an eye on them as cook times may vary depending on your air fryer model.
  4. Serving:
    • Once the nuggets are golden brown and crispy, remove them from the air fryer and let them cool slightly.
    • Serve the nuggets hot with a side of yellow mustard for dipping, or your favorite dipping sauce for a flavorful finishing touch.

Nutritional Information:

Why Choose Homemade Chicken “Nuggets”?

  • Healthier Alternative: By air frying instead of deep frying, you can enjoy the crispy texture of nuggets without the excess oil and calories.
  • Customizable Flavors: Feel free to experiment with different seasonings and cheeses to suit your taste preferences. From spicy Cajun to savory Italian, the possibilities are endless!
  • Kid-Friendly Option: Perfect for picky eaters or family meals, these homemade nuggets are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.

Indulge in the satisfying crunch and savory flavor of these homemade chicken “nuggets” for a delicious meal or snack. Whether enjoyed on their own or paired with your favorite dipping sauce, they’re a delightful treat that’s perfect for any occasion. Try them today and experience the joy of homemade goodness!

Chicken “Nuggets” Recipe

Made these chicken “nuggets” today.

I used:

-12.5 oz can or chunk chicken breast

– 2 tablespoons of Parmesan

– 2 tablespoons of Mozzarella


– 1 large egg

-Creole Seasoning

Drain the chicken and squeeze in a clean towel or cheesecloth to remove moisture.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

Line an airfryer basket with parchment paper, form 10 equally sized nuggets and lay them out.

Air fry for 15 mins at 350, flipping halfway through. Cook times may vary so check often.

For 10 nuggets:

Approximately 456 calories and 3g net carbs

I ate mine with yellow mustard.