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Air Fryer Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets Recipe


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These Air Fryer Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets are so good. Now that you have a recipe that tastes just like the one from the restaurant, you can have that flavor and taste any time you want!

These air fryer chicken nuggets are crispy perfection and the perfect bite-size to gobble up easily in one or two bites! Stop buying those soggy chicken nuggets from the store and make your own instead!

Air Fryer Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets on a white plate

Air Fryer Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets 

Can I be honest with you? I created this recipe because I was tired of going to the restaurant and having to put on shoes and pants. And yes, I’m serious. I LOVE being able to make these delicious nuggets for myself and the kids.

I also think that cooking chicken nuggets in the air fryer makes a huge difference in the taste and flavor. Crispy goodness with every single bite!

Why We Love This Recipe

Air Fryer Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets on table on white plate next to a black and white checkered cloth

Ingredients / Shopping List

  • 1/2 cup of pickle juice
  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed into nuggets 
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon of pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon of paprika 
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
ingredients needed to make Air Fryer Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets

Substitutions and Additions

Chicken breast: This is the best chicken to use for this recipe but you can use other chicken as well that you have on hand as long as you can cube it up.

Pickle juice: This is the key to this tasty dish! Your nuggets won’t taste like copycat nuggets if you don’t add in the pickle juice. (and it needs to be dill pickle juice, too!)

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

  • Air fryer
  • Plastic Gallon Bag

How to Make Air Fryer Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

This recipe is so simple, you’re going to want to make it all the time! Let your air fryer cook dinner tonight!

Step 1

Put the cut-up chicken into your bag and add the pickle juice. Give it a good shake and put it in the fridge for about 45 minutes or so.

Step 2

Add eggs and milk into a bowl and stir. Mix the flour, spices, and powdered sugar into another bowl.

flour mixture for chicken nuggets

Step 3

Take the chicken out of the fridge and drain. Add to the flour mixture. Remove and place in the egg mixture. Remove and place back into the flour mixture.

Step 4

Put the floured nuggets into your air fryer basket and spray with cooking oil.

adding chicken into air fryer basket

Step 5

Cook for 8-10 minutes at 370 degrees. Stir and respray halfway through.

Step 6

Remove and let nuggets cool before eating.

cooked chicken nuggets in the air fryer

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

If you don’t want the sugar: You can opt to leave out the sugar and just go for a less sweetened version. It WILL make a difference in the flavor, but will also cut down on the added sugar at the same time.

holding chicken nugget broken in half

Tips

  • Let them cool once you remove them from the air fryer. This is when they will really start to crisp up!
  • Pair up with your favorite dipping sauce to really enhance the taste!

FAQs

How to store

If you have leftovers, store them in a container with a lid for the best optimal results.

How to reheat

I love to reheat in the air fryer for a few moments or pop them in the microwave for a short amount of time.

Can you meal prep these chicken nuggets?

You bet. I would recommend cutting up the chicken and have it marinating before hand. That way when you’re ready to cook, it’s just that much more of a simple process to do.

plate full of Air Fryer Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets

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Air Fryer Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets on round plate

Air Fryer Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

This recipe for chicken nuggets is one of the best!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 4
Calories 394 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup pickle juice
  • 2 chicken breasts cubed into nuggets 
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 cup flour

Instructions
 

  • Put the cut-up chicken into your bag and add the pickle juice. Give it a good shake and put it in the fridge for about 45 minutes or so.
  • Add eggs and milk into a bowl and stir. Mix the flour, spices, and powdered sugar into another bowl.
  • Take the chicken out of the fridge and drain. Add to the flour mixture. Remove and place in the egg mixture. Remove and place back into the flour mixture.
  • Put the floured nuggets into your air fryer basket and spray with cooking oil.
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes at 370 degrees. Stir and respray halfway through.
  • Remove and let nuggets cool before eating.

Notes

 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 394kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 32gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 1490mgPotassium: 594mgFiber: 2gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 627IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 3mg
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Air Fryer Copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets on a white plate with title text reading copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

6 thoughts on “Air Fryer Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets Recipe”

    • Thanks for pointing this out! It’s in the directions in the post, but not in the recipe – I added it now. Here’s that direction: Put the cut-up chicken into your bag and add the pickle juice. Give it a good shake and put it in the fridge for about 45 minutes or so.

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