Air Fried Just Bare Lightly Breaded Chicken Bites

Air frying is a cooking method that uses hot air circulation to cook food, resulting in a crispy texture similar to deep frying but with much less oil. It was first introduced in the 1940s but gained popularity in recent years as a healthier alternative to traditional frying methods. Air fryers have become a popular kitchen appliance for their convenience and ability to cook a variety of foods with less oil and fat.

Air Fryer Lightly Breaded Chicken Bites

Recipe by Tyson GregoryCourse: AppetizerCuisine: American
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A healthier alternative to deep frying, these air fried chicken bites are lightly breaded and crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside.


  • 1 lb chicken bites

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup flour

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • Cooking spray or oil


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F.
  • Lightly coat the chicken bites with cooking spray or oil to prevent sticking.
  • Place the chicken bites in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the chicken is golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!


  • You can use any type of chicken bites, such as breast, thigh, or tenderloin.
  • For a gluten-free option, use gluten-free breadcrumbs or almond flour instead of regular breadcrumbs.
  • Feel free to add your favorite seasonings or spices to the breading for added flavor.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, such as ranch, honey mustard, or BBQ sauce.
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