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Delicious and Healthy Air Fryer Chicken Bites

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Air fryer chicken bites are a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional fried chicken. Not only do they taste great, but they are also much easier to make and require minimal clean-up. 

plate of air fryer chicken bites

And best of all, because they are cooked in an air fryer, they are a lower calorie and lower fat option compared to deep-fried chicken.

Get ready for the crispiest and most flavorful air fryer chicken bites you’ve ever tasted! This easy-to-follow recipe uses only a few simple ingredients to achieve perfectly cooked and juicy chicken every time. 

With the help of an air fryer, you can enjoy all the taste of deep-fried chicken without the added fat and calories. Try this delicious air fryer chicken bites recipe today and experience the magic.

air fryer chicken bites top down view

To make air fryer chicken bites, you will need:

(Full recipe instructions and ingredient amounts are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post)

  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs. You can use chicken breast here as well.
  • Garlic salt. Adds a nice pop of flavor.
  • Pepper. Black or white pepper works well.
  • All purpose flour. This will make up part of the coating of the chicken.
  • Eggs. These act as the glue to bind the coating to the chicken.
  • Panko. Japanese style bread crumbs. These are part of the secret to crispy chicken. You can find this in the Asian aisle at your local grocery store.
  • Dipping sauce of choice. Ketchup, katsu sauce, ranch, the options are endless.
air fryer chicken bites ingredients

One of the great things about air fryer chicken bites is that you can customize them to your liking. Try experimenting with different seasonings and sauces to find your perfect combination. You can even try adding some diced veggies to the mix for a complete meal.

If you prefer beef you can make air fryer steak bites or for a vegetarian option try air fryer crispy tofu.

How to make air fryer chicken bites

First things first, you’ll want to make sure you preheat your air fryer to 380F. This allows even cooking of the chicken. Now while that’s heating up, time to prep the chicken. 

Start by trimming off the excess fat and cutting the chicken into bite sized pieces. Think chicken nuggets size.

Now for the dredge. Get yourself three plates or shallow dishes. Add flour to one, eggs to the next, and panko to the final plate. Whisk the eggs until well combined.

air fryer chicken bites dredging

To dredge your chicken, dip chicken pieces into the flour first, be sure to shake off the excess, then the egg, and lastly the panko being sure to cover the entire piece.

air fryer chicken bites dredged on a plate

Your air fryer should be heated up by now. Spray non-stick cooking spray on the air fryer basket. Lay the chicken in a single layer in the basket. 

Spray the chicken bites with non-stick cooking spray. This will help give the chicken a nice crispy exterior.Cook for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until golden brown and an internal temperature of at least 165F.

air fryer chicken bites in the air fryer

Remove those delicious chicken bites from the air fryer, cool slightly, and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce. I love some good old ketchup for that, but the possibilities are endless.. ENJOY!

air fryer chicken bites dipped in ketchup on a fork

Tips to making the best air fryer chicken bites

  • Make sure to preheat your air fryer before cooking the chicken bites. This will help them cook evenly and achieve a crispy exterior.
  • Be sure to cut the chicken into evenly sized pieces so that they cook at the same rate. You don’t want some pieces to be overcooked while others are under cooked.
  • Don’t overcrowd the basket of the air fryer. Allowing enough space between the chicken bites will allow hot air to circulate and cook the chicken evenly.
air fryer chicken bites on a plate

Frequently asked questions

Can you put raw chicken in the air fryer?

es, you can put raw chicken in the air fryer. Just be sure to follow food safety guidelines and cook the chicken to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure that it is fully cooked and safe to eat.

How long do I cook air fryer chicken bites for?

The cooking time for air fryer chicken bites will depend on the size of the chicken pieces and the desired level of doneness. As a general rule, cook chicken bites for 10-12 minutes at 380 degrees Fahrenheit, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can I use frozen chicken in the air fryer?

Yes, you can definitely use frozen chicken in the air fryer. However, you will need to increase the cooking time to allow for the chicken to thaw and cook through. It is recommended to increase the cooking time by at least 50%.

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plate of air fryer chicken bites

Air Fryer Chicken Bites

Relle
Air fryer chicken bites are a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional fried chicken. Not only do they taste great, but they are also much easier to make and require minimal clean-up. 
5 from 28 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Air Fryer, Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 396 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat air fryer to 380F. While the air fryer preheats, start making the chicken.
  • Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Season with garlic salt and pepper.
  • Gather 3 plates or shallow dishes. To one plate add flour, to another eggs, and to the last panko. Whisk eggs until combined.
  • Dip chicken in flour, then eggs, and then panko. Shake off excess.
  • Once the air fryer has preheated, add the chicken bites to the air fryer. Spray the chicken bites with non-stick cooking spray. This will help give the chicken a nice crispy exterior. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and an internal temperature of at least 165F. Shake the basket halfway through cooking.
  • Remove from the airfryer, cool slightly, and ENJOY with your favorite dipping sauce.

Notes

Tips to making the best air fryer chicken bites
  • Make sure to preheat your air fryer before cooking the chicken bites. This will help them cook evenly and achieve a crispy exterior.
  • Be sure to cut the chicken into evenly sized pieces so that they cook at the same rate. You don’t want some pieces to be overcooked while others are undercooked.
  • Don’t overcrowd the basket of the air fryer. Allowing enough space between the chicken bites will allow hot air to circulate and cook the chicken evenly.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 396kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 25gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 193mgSodium: 519mgPotassium: 311mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 208IUCalcium: 52mgIron: 3mg
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By on January 5th, 2023

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Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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