Air Fryer Sesame Coconut Chicken Nuggets

Air Fryer Sesame Coconut Chicken Nuggets

Craving something crunchy and savory? These Air Fryer Sesame Coconut Chicken Nuggets may be just what you’re looking for! We can assure you that they are finger-licking delicious — and as an added bonus, are ready to hit the dinner table in a flash. Coated with a light layer of sesame seeds and shredded coconut flakes, along with the signature kick of garlic, these drool-worthy treats bake up golden brown inside your air fryer. Read on to find out how easy it is to whip up this healthier take on chicken nuggets for your family tonight!


Serves 4

For the tenders:

1 lb.  chicken tenders

½ cup gluten free flour

1 tbsp. garlic powder

1 tbsp. onion powder

½ tsp. cayenne pepper

½ tsp. salt

2 eggs

1 cup gluten free panko

½ cup desiccated coconut, unsweetened

2 tbsp. black sesame seeds

1 tbsp. white sesame seeds

For the sauce:

1 garlic clove, finely grated 

juice of 1 lemon

⅓ cup almond butter

1 tbsp. honey

2 tsp. Sriracha

How to Prepare

Heat the air fryer to 400°F. Season the chicken tenders with salt and pepper on both sides.

Combine flour, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, and ½ teaspoon of salt in a medium bowl. Whisk eggs in another medium bowl. Combine panko, coconut, sesame seeds in a third medium bowl.

Dip tenders, one at a time in the flour mixture, then dip in egg mixture, letting excess drip off into the bowl. Next, coat in the panko mixture, pressing lightly to coat.

Working in batches, arrange tenders in a single layer in the air fryer. Cook for 7–9 minutes, until lightly browned the turn and cook for another 7–9 minutes, until cooked through.

In the meantime, mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Add up to ¼ cup water until desired consistency is reached and serve with the chicken tenders.

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