Reinvent pizza and salad night with these air fryer chicken nugget pizza bites. On the table in under 15 minutes, these pizza bites are perfect for dipping in your favorite marinara or nestling into a large green salad. No matter how you serve them, I can guarantee the entire family will approve. Plus, it’s a great way to sneak more protein into your diet when that pizza craving strikes.

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Air Fryer Chicken Nugget Pizza Bites – Healthyish Foods

Ingredients Needed for Air Fryer Chicken Nugget Pizza Bites

Chicken Nuggets – For this recipe, I used Smart Chicken’s organic chicken nuggets. They are gluten free, certified humane, and never have any antibiotics. They are the best nugget ever. Click here to find a store near you that carries these nuggets.

Mozzarella Cheese – I used Galbani brand, whole milk low moisture mozzarella cheese. Simply slice the cheese from the block and cut it into wedges. Low moisture mozzarella works best because it offers the best cheese pull.

Mini Pepperoni – I used Kroger brand, mini pepperoni for this recipe.

Salad – option to make a simple salad with the pizza bites. Combine 5-ounces of your favorite lettuce with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, juice from one lemon, kosher salt to taste, cracked black pepper to taste, and roughly a quarter cup of shaved parmesan cheese. Toss and enjoy.

Cooking Tools – Click here to grab my COSORI Air Fryer and other cooking tools. I use the COSORI 4qt white air fryer, but I also added the 5qt option for larger families.

Air Fryer Chicken Nugget Pizza Bites – Healthyish Foods

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Nugget Pizza Bites

Make the Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Air fry the frozen chicken nuggets according to the package. When there is about 2-3 minutes left, add the mozzarella cheese wedges and mini pepperoni to the top of the nuggets. Once the cheese is melted and bubbly, serve the nuggets with a side of hot marinara for dipping or add them to a simple salad.

Simple Salad

Option to make a simple salad with the pizza bites. Combine 5-ounces of your favorite lettuce with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, juice from one lemon, kosher salt to taste, cracked black pepper to taste, and roughly a quarter cup of shaved parmesan cheese. Toss and enjoy.

Air Fryer Chicken Nugget Pizza Bites – Healthyish Foods

Storage

Store any leftover chicken nugget pizza bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to four days. Marinara can be stored in a separate airtight container for three to four days. Reheat in the microwave until warmed through. Looking for more easy recipes? Try my Caesar Salad Chicken Cutlets.

Air Fryer Chicken Nugget Pizza Bites – Healthyish Foods

Air Fryer Chicken Nugget Pizza Bites

Reinvent pizza and salad night with these air fryer chicken nugget pizza bites. On the table in under 15 minutes, these pizza bites are perfect for dipping in your favorite marinara or nestling into a large green salad. No matter how you serve them, I can guarantee the entire family will approve. Plus, it’s a great way to sneak more protein into your diet when that pizza craving strikes.
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Ingredients

  • 12 frozen chicken nuggets, Smart Chicken brand
  • 12 wedges mozzarella cheese, Galbani brand, low moisture
  • 24 mini pepperonis, roughly two mini pepperoni per nugget
  • ½ cup marinara sauce, store bought is fine, I use Delallo brand
  • few turns cracked black pepper, optional
  • pinch red pepper flakes, optional

Equipment

  • 1 air fryer
  • 1 mixing bowl for the salad
  • 1 Small bowl for the marinara

Instructions 

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Nugget Pizza Bites

    Make the Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

    • Air fry the frozen chicken nuggets according to the package. When there is about 2-3 minutes remaining, add the mozzarella cheese wedges and mini pepperoni to the top of the nuggets. Finish cooking. Once the cheese is melted and bubbly, serve the nuggets with a side of hot marinara for dipping or nestle them into a simple salad.

    Simple Salad

    • Option to make a simple salad with the pizza bites. Combine 5-ounces of your favorite lettuce with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, juice from one lemon, kosher salt to taste, cracked black pepper to taste, and roughly a quarter cup of shaved parmesan cheese. Toss and enjoy.

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    Nutrition

    Serving: 1serving or 6 nuggets – this varies based on how much cheese and what type of nuggets you use., Calories: 100kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 529mg, Potassium: 244mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 303IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 1mg