These crispy air-fried chicken nuggets are a quick kid-friendly dinner that parents will love too. The homemade nuggets are healthier than fast-food versions--and more flavorful, thanks to the cornflake coating. You can also cut the chicken into strips for air-fryer chicken tenders. Be sure to cook those 2 to 3 minutes longer, or until done.

Adam Hickman
Source:, January 2019


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Coat the basket of an air fryer with cooking spray.

  • Combine cornstarch, sugar, pepper and garlic powder in a shallow dish. Place buttermilk in a separate shallow dish and cornflakes in a third shallow dish. Sprinkle chicken with salt. Dredge the chicken in the cornstarch mixture, shaking off excess, then dip in the buttermilk, allowing excess to drip off. Toss the chicken in the cornflakes to coat.

  • Coat the chicken with cooking spray; place in the prepared basket. Cook at 400 degrees F until golden brown and cooked through, 8 to 9 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time.

Nutrition Facts

319.4 calories; protein 26.1g 52% DV; carbohydrates 44.2g 14% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 1.2g 5% DV; sugars 7.9g; fat 3.8g 6% DV; saturated fat 1.4g 7% DV; cholesterol 66mg 22% DV; vitamin a iu 573.9IU 12% DV; vitamin c 6mg 10% DV; folate 170mcg 43% DV; calcium 49.6mg 5% DV; iron 9.1mg 51% DV; magnesium 36.8mg 13% DV; potassium 286.7mg 8% DV; sodium 535.2mg 21% DV; thiamin 0.4mg 45% DV; added sugar 4g.