Air fryer chicken nuggets

Crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, these chicken nuggets cooked in the air fryer are absolute perfection

  • 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 2
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  • 1/4 cup cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups cornflakes, finely crushed
  • 250 grams boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 2.5cm pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Cooking spray


  • 1
    Preheat an air fryer to 200°C. Coat fryer basket with cooking spray.
  • 2
    Stir together cornflour, sugar, pepper, and garlic powder in a shallow dish. Put buttermilk in another shallow dish and cornflakes in a third shallow dish. Sprinkle chicken with salt, then dredge in cornflour mixture, shaking off excess. Dip in buttermilk, allowing excess to drip off, then roll in cornflakes to coat.
  • 3
    Coat chicken with cooking spray and transfer to prepared basket. Cook, turning halfway through, for 8 minutes or until golden and cooked through.


You can also cut the chicken into strips for air fryer chicken tenders, but cook those 2-3 minutes longer.