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.

Source:, January 2019


Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


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

5 nuggets
319 calories; protein 26.1g; carbohydrates 44.2g; dietary fiber 1.2g; sugars 7.9g; fat 3.8g; saturated fat 1.4g; cholesterol 66mg; vitamin a iu 573.9IU; vitamin c 6mg; folate 170mcg; calcium 49.6mg; iron 9.1mg; magnesium 36.8mg; potassium 286.7mg; sodium 535.2mg; thiamin 0.4mg; added sugar 4g.

3 lean protein, 2 1/2 starch