Air-Fryer Sweet Potato-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 10 min./batch


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
I was looking for ways to spice up traditional chicken nuggets and came up with this recipe. The coating adds a crunchy texture and flavor, while the meat is tender on the inside. —Kristina Segarra, Yonkers, New York
Air-Fryer Sweet Potato-Crusted Chicken Nuggets Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup sweet potato chips
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat air fryer to 400°. Place chips, flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and baking powder in a food processor; pulse until ground. Transfer to a shallow dish.
  2. Mix cornstarch and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt; toss with chicken. Toss chicken with potato chip mixture, pressing to coat.
  3. In batches, arrange chicken in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket; spritz with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Turn; spritz with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown and chicken is no longer pink, 3-4 minutes longer.

Test Kitchen tip
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make this recipe in a deep-fryer, electric skillet or on the stovetop.
  • Nutrition Facts

    3 ounces cooked chicken: 190 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 690mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch.