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Amazing Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Healthy air fryer chicken nuggets in under 30 minutes! These air fryer nuggets are made with chicken breast and lightly breaded with almond flour, tapioca flour and some simple seasonings. Sure to be a family favorite!

Plate of air fryer chicken nuggets with ranch dipping sauce in a ramekin on the plate.

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Healthy Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

We love using our air fryer to make healthier versions of comfort foods, like these gluten free chicken nuggets. We also love that using the air fryer makes for easy clean up!

Then, keep your nuggets healthy by making a homemade sauce to dip them in. Our favorites are our chipotle aioli, Whole30 BBQ sauce or ranch dressing!

Plate with air fryer chicken nuggets and ranch dipping sauce on it.

What gluten free flours do you use?

For gluten free and Paleo friendly baking flours, we always use Bob’s Red Mill and have for years. You’ll see us using their flours in lots of our recipes – from sweet treats like our gluten free lemon poppy seed muffins to savory dishes like our creamy Tuscan chicken! We love the quality of their products from mill to table and the fact that they’re a local Oregon company!

In this air fryer chicken nuggets recipe, we used Almond Flour and Tapioca Flour. Both flours are certified gluten free and non-gmo as well. We mixed the flours with some simple seasonings. It’s the perfect combo for lightly breaded chicken nuggets!

Plate of air fryer chicken nuggets with ranch sauce. Bob's Red Mill almond and tapioca flours on the side.

Ingredients for chicken nuggets in the air fryer

The ingredients for these nuggets are simple, and you’ll probably have most of them in your paleo pantry!

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Almond flour
  • Tapioca flour
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Sea salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Eggs
  • Dairy-free milk
  • Olive oil spray
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How to make air fryer nuggets

We love how quick and easy this recipe is! Here are the steps to make air fryer chicken nuggets.

  1. Cut the chicken breasts into bite sized pieces. 
  2. Combine the almond flour, tapioca flour and seasonings.
  3. Whisk the eggs.
  4. Coat nuggets in the egg mixture.
  5. Dredge the egg covered chicken in the flour mixture and make sure it is completely coated. Place on a plate.
  6. Repeat until all of the chicken nuggets are coated.
  7. Preheat the air fryer (if yours preheats) to 400° Fahrenheit.
  8. Place nuggets in the air fryer basket.
  9. Spray the chicken pieces with some olive oil or avocado oil spray if desired to help them get golden brown (optional).
  10. Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the chicken pieces are completely cooked through. 
Angled image of dipping one air fryer chicken nugget into small bowl of ranch sauce.

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Your turn to make these air fryer chicken nuggets

You’re up! Go ahead and make these crispy air fryer chicken nuggets. The whole family will enjoy these healthy nuggets! All you have to do is decide what dip you’re going to make to go with!

Leave a star rating and comment below to let us know how it goes. Also, tag us in your pics and videos on Instagram @realsimplegood. We love to see what you’re making!


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Gluten free air fryer chicken nuggets on a plate with ranch dipping sauce.

Amazing Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Healthy air fryer chicken nuggets in under 30 minutes! These air fryer nuggets are made with chicken breast and lightly breaded with almond flour, tapioca flour and some simple seasonings.
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Instructions 

  • First, pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Cut the chicken breasts into bite sized pieces. 1.5 lbs of chicken will make around 20-30 nuggets.
  • In a shallow dish, combine the almond flour, tapioca flour, spices, salt and pepper.
  • Whisk eggs in a separate bowl with the milk.
  • Place one of the chicken pieces (nuggets) in the egg mixture and cover completely. It should be well coated.
  • Next, dredge the egg covered chicken in the flour mixture and make sure it is completely coated. Place the coated chicken nugget on a plate.
  • Repeat until all of the chicken nuggets are coated.
  • Preheat the air fryer (if yours preheats) to 400° Fahrenheit.
  • Place the coated chicken nuggets in the air fryer basket. Don't allow them to touch so they can cook evenly. If needed, cook in 2 batches.
  • Spray the chicken pieces with some olive oil or avocado oil spray if desired to help them get golden brown (optional).
  • Cook for 7-8 minutes, or until the chicken pieces are completely cooked through.
  • Remove and serve.

Notes

These chicken nuggets are best when served immediately. If you have leftovers, you can store them in the fridge and reheat them in either the microwave or pop them back in the air fryer at 400° for 2-3 minutes.
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