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Air-Fried Turkey Nuggets with Fries

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Have you ever craved a nice basket of chicken nuggets but wanted to eat a healthier option? Well, the air-fryer has changed the game for many of us craving fried food by providing a healthier alternative to conventional oil frying methods.

Turkey is a great wild-game item because it is so similar to chicken and many chicken-style recipes work with wild turkey. Wild turkey is just gamey enough to have its own flavor, but tame enough to where it does not overwhelm your taste buds.

The first way I ever prepared wild turkey was in the air fryer. That first batch did not turn out perfectly, but I continued to refine my method until I settled on this recipe. I generally will not prepare the breasts in any other way because I simply find this recipe to be too delicious. Read on to learn how to make a crunchy and savory air-fried turkey nugget.

Serving Size: 2
Time to Make: 30-60min
Also Works With: Most upland birds

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Air-Fried Turkey Nuggets with Fries

Recipe by Quincy Milton
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Course: Wild RecipesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • For the Turkey
  • One whole turkey breast

  • Salt

  • Cayenne Pepper

  • Paprika

  • Poultry Seasoning

  • Seasoning salt

  • Whole wheat flour

  • Corn Starch

  • Olive Oil

  • For the Barbeque Sauce
  • 1 ¼ cup of ketchup

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • Pinch garlic powder

  • Pinch paprika

  • Pinch black pepper

  • Pinch kosher salt

  • Sides
  • Air-fried potato chips or fries and a vegetable.


  • Remove the large tendon from a single turkey breast. Slice the turkey breast across the width of the breast into equal thickness. You can cut each slice in half to make nuggets or leave them as is to make tenders.
  • Season the nuggets with salt, cayenne, pepper, paprika, poultry seasoning, and a dash of seasoning salt. Coat the nuggets in olive oil and cover them with whole wheat flour. Add approximately half as much corn starch as whole wheat flour to the nuggets. Coat the nuggets with olive oil once again.
  • Space the nuggets evenly in the air fryer basket and set the air fryer to 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Flip the nuggets at the five-minute mark. Remove the nuggets at the conclusion of the ten minutes and let them rest.
  • For the Sides:
  • Slice a potato into equal thin French fry-sized pieces. Coat them with olive oil, season with pepper, and toss them in the air fryer at 450 degrees for 14 minutes as soon as the turkey is finished in the air fryer. Flip the fries at the seven-minute mark. Remove the fries from the air-fryer and toss them in seasoning salt.
  • Prepare your favorite vegetable as a side but let’s be honest, this article is all about the “fried” food.
  • Sauce:
  • I have experimented with several types of barbeque sauces. This recipe is begging for a honey barbeque sauce which is as prepared as follows.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat all the barbeque sauce ingredients over low heat. To kick up the heat, add additional pepper to suit your tastes. Continually stir ingredients until they are well mixed. Once mixed, simmer the sauce and stir periodically for ten seconds until it begins to slightly firm up. Be careful not to let it go too long or you will end up with a pasty sauce. Once the sauce has achieved the desired texture, remove it from heat and set half aside in a heatproof bowl.
  • Serve each item and enjoy with ketchup and the barbeque sauce.

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Quincy Milton

Quincy is an avid fly fisherman and bird hunter who approaches outdoor activities from the perspective of an outdoor scientist. He loves experimenting with wild game recipes, especially when it involves a smoker.

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