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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Nuggets are made with boneless chicken breast bites dunked in hot sauce and panko bread crumbs. An easy appetizer or quick dinner!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, Buffalo chicken nuggets
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 160kcal
Author Dee
Cost $10


  • air fryer


  • 2 chicken breasts boneless skinless cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup hot pepper sauce or Buffalo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • olive oil spray


  • Melt the butter and the hot sauce in a shallow bowl
  • Place the panko breadcrumbs, sea salt, garlic powder, paprika and pepper in a shallow bowl or zip top bag and mix together
  • Dip the chicken into the Buffalo Sauce, shake off excess, and dip chicken into breadcrumbs, pressing to make sure crumbs stick. You may have to do this in batches
  • Place chicken on a baking sheet or plate, and spray with olive oil spray
  • Preheat air fryer, and set temperature to 390 degrees
  • Add chicken to air fryer basket in single layer, and cook for 8 minutes, pausing and turning over halfway through the cooking process
  • Remove chicken from air fryer, and serve or keep warm to finish cooking all of the chicken. Chicken should be at least 165 degrees when done, according to meat thermometer


Recipe was made in a Ninja Air Fryer. Follow directions for your make/model if necessary.


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 1281mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 30.4mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1.3mg