How to Cook Chicken Bites in Air Fryer?

How to Cook Chicken Bites in Air Fryer?

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to prepare crispy and juicy chicken bites, then look no further than your air fryer. This cooking method allows you to achieve the perfect texture and flavor without the need for oil or a deep fryer. In this section, I will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to cook chicken bites in an air fryer.

To start off, this recipe is incredibly simple and requires just a few ingredients. You can easily make these chicken bites in less than 30 minutes, making it an ideal meal for busy weeknights or a quick snack for a gathering. The result is crispy, flavorful chicken bites that are sure to please everyone.

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Ingredients for Chicken Bites in Air Fryer

Are you ready to prepare some delicious and crispy chicken bites using your air fryer? Then let’s gather all the necessary ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients Quantity
Chicken breast 1 pound, cut into bite-sized pieces
Breadcrumbs 1 cup
Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup, grated
Spices 1 teaspoon each of garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper
Egg 1, beaten
Cooking spray As needed for coating the air fryer basket

Don’t worry if you don’t have all the spices listed. You can always personalize the chicken bites to your taste by adding or removing any seasonings. You can also use Italian breadcrumbs or panko crumbs for extra crunchiness.

Now that we have all our ingredients ready, let’s move on to preparing the chicken bites!

Preparing the Chicken Bites

First, we need to cut the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces. I prefer to cut them into cubes, about 1-inch in size, but you can customize the size according to your preference.

Next, let’s prepare the breadcrumb mixture. In a bowl, combine breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, and any spices you prefer. You can use garlic powder, paprika, or Italian seasoning to add flavor to the chicken bites. Mix all the ingredients well.

Now it’s time to season the chicken. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken pieces and mix well to ensure that each piece is coated evenly.

Once the chicken is seasoned, we will coat the chicken bites with the breadcrumb mixture. Take each chicken piece and coat it generously with the breadcrumb mixture, pressing the mixture onto the chicken to ensure it sticks. Repeat with all the chicken pieces.

Air Frying the Chicken Bites

Before air frying the chicken bites, it is important to preheat the air fryer. This ensures that the chicken bites will cook evenly and the crispy texture will be achieved. (SEO: Preheating air fryer)

Once the air fryer is preheated, arrange the chicken bites in a single layer on the basket. Make sure to leave some space between each chicken bite to allow for proper air circulation. (SEO: Arranging chicken bites in air fryer)

The recommended cooking time for chicken bites in an air fryer is between 10-12 minutes at a temperature of 375°F. Halfway through the cooking time, flip the chicken bites using tongs to ensure they crisp up evenly on both sides. (SEO: Cooking time for chicken bites, flipping chicken bites)

Once the cooking time is complete, remove the chicken bites from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy the crispy and juicy chicken bites!

Serving and Enjoying the Chicken Bites

Now that your crispy and juicy air fryer chicken bites are ready, it’s time to serve and enjoy them! Here are some serving suggestions and tips for the perfect experience:

  • For a classic pairing, serve the chicken bites with your favorite dipping sauce. Ranch and BBQ sauce are popular choices, but honey mustard and buffalo sauce also work well.
  • If you want to add some freshness and crunch to your meal, serve the chicken bites with a side salad or some raw veggies like carrots and celery sticks.
  • If you’re looking for a heartier option, serve the chicken bites with some fries or roasted potatoes.
  • To savor the crispy texture of the chicken bites, eat them right away after cooking. Avoid letting them sit for too long, as they may lose their crispiness.

Remember, the possibilities are endless when it comes to serving and enjoying air fryer chicken bites. Get creative and experiment with different dipping sauces and sides until you find your perfect combination!

Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for Air Fryer

Cleaning your air fryer after cooking chicken bites is important to maintain its lifespan and ensure it remains in good working condition. Here are some tips:

Cleaning the Air Fryer

1. Allow the air fryer to cool down before cleaning it.

2. Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down the exterior of the air fryer.

3. To clean the interior, remove the basket and pan and wash them with warm, soapy water. Use a non-abrasive sponge or brush to remove any food residue.

4. Always rinse the basket and pan thoroughly with clean water.

5. Dry all parts of the air fryer before storing it.

Removing Food Residue

1. If there is stubborn food residue on the basket or pan, soak them in warm, soapy water for 10-15 minutes.

2. For tough stains, mix a tablespoon of baking soda with warm water and use it to scrub the basket and pan.

3. Avoid using harsh scrubbers such as steel wool or wire brushes, as they can damage the non-stick coating of the air fryer.

Maintaining the Air Fryer

1. Regularly check the heating coils of the air fryer and clean them with a soft-bristled brush if necessary. A dirty heating coil will reduce the efficiency of the air fryer.

2. Always store the air fryer in a cool, dry place.

3. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for specific maintenance and cleaning requirements.

Prolonging the Air Fryer Lifespan

1. Avoid overfilling the air fryer basket, as this can cause the food to cook unevenly and damage the air fryer.

2. Regularly clean and maintain your air fryer according to the instructions provided.

3. Handle the air fryer with care and avoid dropping it or exposing it to extreme heat or cold.

By following these cleaning and maintenance tips, you can enjoy your air fryer for years to come.


And there you have it, folks! Cooking delicious and crispy chicken bites in an air fryer is a breeze. With the right ingredients, a bit of preparation, and some patience, you can enjoy juicy and flavorful chicken bites in no time.

Don’t hesitate to experiment with different seasonings and coatings to create your unique variation of air fryer chicken bites. And remember, the air fryer is not only for chicken bites. You can cook a wide variety of dishes in it, from veggies to desserts.

Give it a Try

I encourage you to give this recipe a try, and please share your feedback with me. Did you enjoy it? Was it easy to follow? Did you make any changes or additions to the recipe?

Let’s have fun in the kitchen and cook delicious meals while making our lives easier with the help of appliances such as the air fryer.

Happy Cooking!


Q: How long should I preheat the air fryer before cooking the chicken bites?

A: It is recommended to preheat the air fryer for approximately 5 minutes before cooking the chicken bites.

Q: Can I use frozen chicken breast for this recipe?

A: Yes, you can use frozen chicken breast for this recipe. However, make sure to thaw it completely before cutting it into bite-sized pieces.

Q: Can I use a different type of cheese instead of Parmesan?

A: Yes, you can use a different type of cheese if you prefer. Cheddar, mozzarella, or a blend of cheeses can work well too.

Q: How do I know if the chicken bites are cooked through?

A: You can ensure that the chicken bites are cooked through by using a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C).

Q: Can I make the chicken bites gluten-free?

A: Yes, you can make the chicken bites gluten-free by using gluten-free breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes instead.

Q: What are some recommended dipping sauces for the chicken bites?

A: Some delicious dipping sauces for the chicken bites include barbecue sauce, honey mustard, ranch dressing, and sweet chili sauce.

Q: Can I store the leftover chicken bites?

A: Yes, you can store the leftover chicken bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes before serving.

Q: How often should I clean the air fryer?

A: It is recommended to clean the air fryer after each use to prevent the buildup of greasy residue. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for specific cleaning guidelines.

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