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If you are looking for a great recipe that will teach you how to make air fryer chicken nuggets. Then this Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Recipe is one of the best chick fil a copycat recipe you will find.

My chick fil a chicken recipe are like the chick fil a chicken nuggets recipe from the that everyone loves.

chick fil a nuggets air fryer chicken recipes on a white plate with ranch dressing

I was craving nuggets one night and not just any chicken nuggets, I wanted the Chick Fil A nugget recipe.

To curb my craving I decided to make these Copycat Air Fryer Chick fil A Chicken Nuggets. These air fryer nuggets are nothing like fast food.

I think they may honestly be better than at Chick Fil A.

And I love chick fil a’s nuggets. I would have never thought that I could air fry chicken and it turn out so amazingly delicious and super crispy too.

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Recipe

chick fil a nuggets on a square white plate

I remember the first time I tried Chick-Fil-A, it was a joyous day. We were out running errands and heard there was a new place in town to eat.

We stopped in and I got their nuggets, and to my surprise, I fell in love with the first bite.

Don’t even get me started on their dipping sauce, that stuff is massively addictive. I dipped my fries and my chicken in it and had no regrets.

I knew my love for the Chick fil a chicken nugget was real, and I had to find out how to make them at home.

But, when I first started working at creating this copycat air fryer chick-fil-a recipe I knew it might take some practice.

top view of chick fil a chicken nuggets on a square white plate with white towel on a wood table

As a result, I nailed it, and my kids devoured them as well.

Juicy and flavorful perfect sized nuggets, that made the perfect lunch for me and the kids. I then began making these nuggets so often because my kids just begged for them.

I would rather make a bit of a healthier version as it uses a lot less oil, and let them gobble them up.

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Recipe

side view of air fryer chicken nuggets
Copycat Air Fryer Chick-fil-A Nuggets

One thing I love about using my Air Fryer is that it uses little to no oil.

I do, however when I use breading on my air fryer fried chicken, I usually spray them pretty thoroughly before I put the chicken in the air fryer, to get that golden brown glow that you get when deep frying.

I spray 1 side at a time, then at half the cook time when I turn the chicken I spray again.

Still a  healthier alternative to fried foods, without giving up that crunch factor that we all love so much.

I am always on the hunt for power air fryer oven recipes to try out, and these nuggets are a home run.

I added this air fryer chicken recipe into my recipe cards to keep on hand, whenever I get that craving for chick fil a, which is more often than not.

air fryer chicken nuggets on a square white plate with a cup of ranch next to it.

Chick Fil A Chicken Nuggets

The flavor was a point on. But, the one thing that would have certainly made it better would have been that amazing Polynesian Sauce for me to dip them in, for now, I only had honey mustard on hand, which was still great. I have yet to master this amazing chick fil a sauce, but I am going to keep trying

Certainly, It would help bring even more flavor goodness into the chicken.

But this copycat chick fil a nuggets recipe came out amazing, and was done in less than 20 minutes!

I highly recommend it to anyone looking for less oil used or to make at home cause you don’t live near a Chick Fil A!

You won’t be disappointed with the results of this air fryer recipe provides on the nuggets.

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Recipe

These nugget sized chicken breast pieces were so extremely tender and did I mention the flavor? Once I got full I was kind of upset that I had to stop eating them.

Who would have thought that pickle juice would make such a great marinade? The pickle juice makes them taste just like the real thing!

I didn’t, but it was amazing, for lack of a more creative word. The pickle juice does a great job at keeping the flavors locked into the meat and keeping it moist as it cooks.

I actually marinate a steak after I tried this, and when I pulled it off the grill to eat, it was one of the most tender steaks we have eaten.

My family loved my Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets too, they actually asked me to make more the same night.

chicken nuggets made in the air fryer with a blurred background

Chick Fil A Nuggets Copycat

Can I put frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer?

Yes, whether you have an air fryer oven or the traditional with a basket. Preheat the air fryer to 400 for about 5 minutes and then cool for about 10 minutes until cooked through.

Does Chick Fil A Soak Their Chicken In Pickle Juice?

Yes! Pickle juice adds amazing flavor to meats, including chicken and steak. Once you try out this recipe you will see just what I mean. Try pickle juice as a marinade for your other meats too.

I didn’t make any more, but next time I will make probably a double batch and then freeze them for the kids to reheat and eat as an after-school snack or on the weekends.

As you can see, this recipe was one that our family for sure will keep making for the future. I think using chicken tenderloins like in this Popyeys Chicken Tenders would be great for this recipe too!

Chick Fil A Copycat Recipe

chick fil a chicken nuggets on a platter with ranch dipping sauce
Copycat Air Fryer Chick-fil-A Nuggets

Not sure will ever go buy these in the restaurant again, I am so happy and proud of how well these turned out, that they will go into our regular dinner rotation.

Check out this recipe for the Chick Fil A Copycat Chicken Sandwich too.

And it would be totally easy to convert this into a lower-carb version, by switching out some of the more carby ingredients and replacing them. Like for instance, use parmesan cheese instead of flour.

My kids loved my Copycat Air Fryer Chick-fil-A Nuggets too, they actually asked me to make more the same night. I didn't lol, but next time I will make probably a double batch and then freeze them for the kids to reheat and eat as an after-school snack or on the weekends. #copycat #recipe #airfryer #kids #easy
Copycat Air Fryer Chick-fil-A Nuggets

The main complaint I have seen from my readers is that the flour mixture doesn’t brown enough, make sure to shake off the excess and if you are worried about having this issue try spritzing with a little more olive oil.

But most importantly, make sure to follow the recipe exactly. This recipe has definitely become a fast favorite fried food, of the foods that are not fried.

Your nuggets need to be in a single layer in your air fryer basket.

I am finding myself air frying any recipe I think will work. And have you tried french fries??

Copycat recipes are some of my favorite things to try at home. And if you want to make an amazing dipping sauce to go with them, then this Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe is perfect!

Lastly, these Lemon Pepper Wings In The Air Fryer are so flavorful and moist and if you still need more after those

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Air Fryer Chick Fil a Nuggets
Yield: 6

Air Fryer Chick Fil a Nuggets

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

This Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets Recipe is one of the best chick fil a copycat recipe you will find. This chick fil a chicken recipe tastes just like the chick fil a chicken nuggets recipe from the restaurant, your family will be very pleased.


  • 1 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces about 1 inch in size
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • Olive oil spritz


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  1. Add chicken chunks to pickle juice and marinate in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  2. Whisk milk and egg together and set aside.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients and stir set aside.
  4. Preheat air fryer to 370
  5. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator, drain and place each into the dry mixture, to the liquid mixture, and back to the dry making sure it is well coated, making sure to shake off excess.
  6. Cook in a single layer of chicken for 8 minutes or until golden brown, flipping, and spritzing with olive oil at the halfway mark. air fryer chick fil a 3
  7. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.


You can easily make these copycat chick fil a nuggets stove top too, just follow everything as above but then deep fry in vegetable or peanut oil.

Also, eliminate the pickle juice marinade and you have traditional air fryer chicken nuggets.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 256Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 74mgSodium 1526mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 1gSugar 9gProtein 22g

Sodium high becauese it is calculating the pickle juice as if you are consuming it

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Thursday 7th of July 2022

Do you have to cook it the pickle juice


Thursday 28th of April 2022

This was a huge hit at our house! It turned out perfectly.

Cynthia Arnold

Friday 28th of January 2022

Can I marinate and bread them and put in the freezer and cook when ready to eat them?


Monday 24th of May 2021

These smelled like Chick-fil-A nuggets when they were cooking But had a really strong pickle taste when we ate them. They were OK but I wonder what you can do differently to avoid that?

Mary Ann Savage Fletcher

Friday 21st of May 2021

May 21, 2021. For Mother's Day, I asked for a Ninja XL cooker that has 9 functions. So far, I've tried two of them...pressure cooker and air crisper. I definitely have a lot to learn! Our grandson is staying with us for the weekend, and I suggested we do "something" with our fresh chicken. He suggested we make nuggets like Chick Fil A makes theirs. We began looking at recipes and found your copy cat Chick Fil A recipe nuggets. The taste was really good, but mine certainly didn't look like the nuggets you made. I think part of the problem is that I cannot get my oil to spray evenly on the nuggets. Thank you for taking the time to share your recipes with us! You have an excellent presentation for your recipes and dishes!

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