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Air Fryer Chicken Bites

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Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Cooking Temperature380 degrees Fahrenheit

The exact cook time can vary. Read below for our tips!

Homemade air fryer chicken bites are the perfect meaty addition to your appetizer spread or snack session!

Made with chicken breasts or thighs, these bites are seasoned with a simple but flavorful blend of spices and sauce to create crispy and tender bites that will leave you wanting more.

Served with your favorite sauce, they make a great addition to game day, a gathering with friends or family, or a cozy night in. Best of all, they are quick and easy to make!

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These air fryer chicken bites won’t last long!

Ingredients

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The ingredients for these easy chicken bites!

To make these chicken bites in the air fryer, here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • Chicken breasts – Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You can also use chicken thighs.
  • Olive oil – Alternatively, you can use avocado, vegetable, or canola oil.
  • Soy sauce – Adds umami and saltiness.
  • Paprika – Adds a mild smoky flavor and nice color. You can use regular or smoked paprika depending on your preference.
  • Coriander – Optional; adds a hint of citrus flavor.
  • Salt – Enhances the overall flavor. Adjust to taste.

Recipe Tips

These boneless chicken bites in the air fryer aren’t difficult to make at all. But here are a few tips to make sure the little bites turn out well:

  • Instead of chicken breasts, you could also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs. In that case, the exact cooking time can vary slightly.
  • Adjust the amount of salt you add – especially if the soy sauce you’re using is already quite salty. Use low-sodium soy sauce if you’re watching your sodium intake.
  • For the best taste and flavor, marinate the chicken pieces for at least 30 minutes before air frying.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer – the chicken pieces should fit in one layer without overlapping. This allows them to cook and crisp evenly.
  • The exact cooking time may vary depending on the size of the chicken pieces and your air fryer. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Step-by-Step Instructions

In this section, you will see how easy it is to make chicken bites in the air fryer with step-by-step photos.

These photos will show you exactly what to do and what your chicken bites should look like at each stage. This way, you can follow along at home and track your progress!

Or, you can scroll down to the bottom of this post for the detailed recipe card with all the ingredients and instructions.

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Add the chicken pieces to a bowl.

Cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces and place them in a large bowl.

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Add spices, oil, and soy sauce.

Add the oil, soy sauce, paprika, coriander (optional), and salt to the chicken.

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The chicken should be evenly coated.

Toss well to coat. You can either cook the chicken right away or let it marinate in the refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes for more flavor.

raw seasoned chicken pieces in round black air fryer tray on counter.
Place the chicken pieces in the air fryer.

Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes or until it indicates that it is preheated.

Arrange the chicken bites in a single layer in the air fryer basket.

If your air fryer is quite small, you may need to cook in batches since overcrowding can prevent the chicken bites from cooking evenly.

crispy chicken bites in round black air fryer tray sitting on counter.
The chicken bites should be fully cooked and slightly crispy.

Air fry at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, then flip and cook for another 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and slightly crispy.

pieces of cooked marinated chicken on plate with sauce behind and parsley on top.
Enjoy these tasty chicken bites.

Enjoy your chicken bites warm with a dipping sauce of choice (optional).

Storage Tips

If you have leftover chicken bites, allow them to cool to room temperature. Then store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

They will likely lose some of their crispiness in the fridge. To regain some of it, you can reheat the chicken bites in the air fryer at 300 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for a few minutes until heated through.

Be careful not to leave them in the fryer too long or they may dry out.

Related Recipes

Once you’ve tried these air fryer chicken chunks, you might want to try some other air fryer chicken recipes. Here are some that might catch your fancy!

plate with chicken bites on it beside smaller bowl of dipping sauce.

Air Fryer Chicken Bites

Air Fryer Chicken Bites are a great little meaty snack or appetizer. Made with chicken that is cut into bite-sized pieces and a few common spices and ingredients, these chicken bites are tender and flavorful!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3 – 4

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander, ground (optional)
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces and place them in a large bowl.
    2 chicken breasts
  • Add the oil, soy sauce, paprika, coriander (optional), and salt to the chicken and toss well to coat. You can either cook the chicken right away or let it marinate in the refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes for more flavor.
    2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes or until it indicates that it is preheated.
  • Arrange the chicken bites in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Air fry at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, then flip and cook for another 5 minutes or until cooked through and slightly crispy.
  • Enjoy your chicken bites warm with a dipping sauce of choice (optional).

Notes

  • You can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. In that case, the exact cooking time can vary slightly.
  • Adjust the amount of salt you add, especially if the soy sauce you’re using is already quite salty. Use low-sodium soy sauce if you’re watching your sodium intake.
  • For the best taste and flavor, marinate the chicken pieces for at least 30 minutes before air frying.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer – the chicken pieces should fit in one layer without overlapping. This will allow them to cook and crisp evenly.
  • The exact cooking time may vary depending on the size of the chicken pieces and your air fryer. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1104mg | Potassium: 595mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 209IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

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Yuliia is a photographer based in the UK. Having a large family, she was excited to discover the air fryer two years ago. It has been her indispensable assistant ever since! She loves experimenting with air fryer recipes and cooking something new for her family.

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