hot honey chicken

This Air Fryer Hot Honey Chicken is the Adult Version of Chicken Nuggets

This hot honey chicken has the perfect balance of sweet and spice.

You’re never too old for chicken nuggets, but this hot honey rendition feels a little more grown-up and sophisticated. We’ll argue it’s so much more delicious than a bag of dino-shaped nuggets.

Juli Ash, from Tangled with Taste, shares her recipe for air fryer hot honey chicken. This 20-minute meal nails the sweet-spicy flavor combo on the head. The air fryer is key to getting a super crisp exterior, and a juicy center.

Don’t miss the drizzle of hot honey on top. It’s not too spicy, and isn’t going to set your taste buds on fire. It brings a little kick, but not so much that it’s overpowering.

You’ll love how versatile this chicken is. There are lots of ways to serve it up! Try adding it to a cobb salad, or on a chicken sandwich.


Air Fryer Hot Honey Chicken

By Juli Ash from Tangled with Taste


  • 2 cups corn flakes
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan
  • ½ teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon Onion Salt
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 Large Egg Beaten
  • Favorite Hot Sauce
  • 1 Large Chicken Breast cut into tenders
  • Coconut Oil Spray (can use olive oil or avocado oil spray instead)
  • Mikes Hot Honey
  • Fresh Thyme


  1. Pulse Cornflakes with Paprika, onion powder, garlic salt, salt and pepper.
  2. In a shallow dish, beat eggs with a squirt of hot sauce (One squirt is very subtle, add more according to heat desired).
  3. In a large ziplock bag or between 2 pieces of plastic wrap pound chicken tenders to 1/3 inch thick.
  4. Dredge in Egg then Corn Flakes mixture.
  5. Place in Air Fryer and spray lightly with coconut oil.
  6. Airfry at 400 for 3 minutes then flip,
  7. Spray with coconut oil spray and cook another 3-4 minutes or until IT 165F.
  8. Remove from Fryer and Drizzle with hot honey and season with salt and thyme.
  9. ***Alternatively, you can bake in the oven on Greased baking sheet at 400F degrees. Bake 10-12 minutes (until IT 165F).

Find all of Juli’s notes for the recipe here.

Find more from Juli on Instagram, @tangledwithtaste, or on her website,

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