about the recipe
Say goodbye to bland boxed chicken nuggets! Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets are a family-friendly recipe that everybody loves. The secret is the brine, which delivers tender, juicy, and flavorful chicken that is so good that you may never buy nuggets again.
Brine – 4 cups water divided – 2 tablespoons sugar – 2 tablespoon sea salt – 1 1/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breast Breadcrumbs – 1/4 cup olive oil – 1 1/4 cups panko breadcrumbs Coating – 1/4 all-purpose flour – 2 teaspoons garlic powder – 1 teaspoon sea salt – 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper – 2 eggs For Cooking – Cooking Spray
– Heat 1 cup of water until it is warm, but not boiling. Add the sugar and salt and stir until they dissolve. – Place the remaining 3 cups of water in a larger bowl. Add the sugar and salt water mixture and stir. – Allow to cool to room temperature.
– While the chicken is brining, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. – Add the breadcrumbs, and cook, stirring often, for 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown.
– Place the toasted breadcrumbs in a shallow dish.
– In a shallow dish, combine the flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. – In a third dish, beat the eggs to combine. – Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture.