Air-Fried Parmesan Crumbed Chicken Fingers

Air-Fried Parmesan Crumbed Chicken Fingers

Melting and toasting the parmesan cheese and then blitzing it, creates a wonderful nutty, crispy coating for these chicken fingers. You can use this coating technique for many other recipes.

40 mins total time

15 mins active time


Serves 4



  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups (5½ oz) finely grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup (1 oz) panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • 1½ lb boneless and skinless chicken thighs

    fat trimmed

  • Kosher salt

    to season

  • Freshly ground black pepper

    to season

  • 1½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • Mayonnaise

    to serve

  • Ketchup

    to serve


  • 1Insert the wire rack into position 5. Meanwhile, continue to the next step.
  • 2Grease the roasting pan and line with parchment paper. Sprinkle the parmesan evenly over the paper and shake the pan to level.
  • 3Once preheated, place the pan in the oven and start the timer.
  • 4Remove the pan from the oven. The oven will adjust the setting to toast the crumbs. It’ll signal when ready.
  • 5Carefully slide the paper onto a wire rack and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, wipe out the roasting pan and continue to the next step.
  • 6Combine the crumbs and 1 teaspoon of the oil and rub together. Spread evenly over the base of the roasting pan.
  • 7Move the wire rack to position 4. Place the pan in the oven and start the timer. When the Rotate Remind signals, stir the crumbs and continue cooking. Meanwhile, prepare the chicken.
  • 8Cut the chicken into approximately ½-inch wide strips. Place the chicken in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the remaining oil and stir to coat.
  • 9Transfer the crumbs to a bowl and wipe the pan clean. The oven will adjust the setting to cook the chicken. It’ll signal when ready.
  • 10Once cooled, place the parmesan in a food processor and pulse until it resembles fine crumbs.
  • 11Place the parmesan, breadcrumbs, paprika and salt in a large resealable bag, seal and shake to combine. Add the chicken, seal and shake until well coated.
  • 12Place the chicken in a single layer, in the air fry basket.
  • 13Move the wire rack to position 8 and place the roasting pan on the rack to catch any drips during cooking. Place the basket in rack position 3 and start the timer.
  • 14The chicken should be golden and cooked through. If not, give it a bit more.
  • 15Transfer the chicken to a serving basket lined with parchment paper and serve with mayonnaise and tomato ketchup.