Crispy Ranch Air Fryer Nuggets

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These air fried nuggets are healthier than deep fried, and have tons of flavor! Serve with your favorite dipping sauce such as ranch, honey mustard, or chipotle mayo. I like to use a Misto® sprayer with my own oil, but feel free to use regular cooking spray. Use different varieties of ranch mix (spicy, dill, etc) to change up the flavor.


  • 1 pound chicken tenders, cut into 1.5 to 2-inch pieces
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry ranch salad dressing mix
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 serving olive oil cooking spray


Place chicken in a bowl, sprinkle with ranch seasoning, and toss to combine. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.

Place flour in a resealable bag. Place egg in a small bowl and panko bread crumbs on a plate. Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Place chicken into the bag and toss to coat. Lightly dip chicken into egg mixture, letting excess drip off. Roll chicken pieces in panko, pressing crumbs into the chicken.

Spray basket of the air fryer with oil and place chicken pieces inside, making sure not to overlap. You may have to do two batches, depending on the size of your air fryer. Lightly mist chicken with cooking spray.

Cook for 4 minutes. Turn chicken pieces and cook until chicken is no longer pink on the inside, about 4 more minutes. Serve immediately.

Preparation time: 15 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Servings: 4 – Yield: 4 servings



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