My Guide on How to Air Fry Frozen Chicken Nuggets
These air fried frozen chicken nuggets can be cooked into crispy chicken nuggets in an air fryer within minutes. Whether you like them crispy or soft, once you try them you will find it hard to eat anything but air fryer chicken nuggets!
How to Air Fry Frozen Chicken Nuggets
Dipping sauces should be the question on the table because this is a complete family meal that can be ready within minutes. My days of staring at the air fryer in complete confusion are over! The convenience it offers for so many family friendly dinners is why I have placed it at the top of my list. Even then, one of the biggest questions I remember hearing was...
Can you air fry frozen chicken nuggets?
Yes, you can air fry chicken nuggets that are still frozen. There is no need to defrost frozen nuggets. Just place them frozen chicken into the air fryer basket after preheating the air fryer.
How to make them in an air fryer
- frozen chicken nuggets can be easily cooked straight from the freezer!
- Preheat the air fryer while you grab the frozen nuggets to air fry
- Layer the frozen chicken nuggets on the air fryer basket or the crisper pan if you are using that instead.
- Bake the frozen nuggets for 5-7 minutes.
- Remove and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce.
Dipping sauce for chicken nuggets
Growing up we ate ketchup and BBQ sauce with chicken nuggets and that is exactly what I give my kids as well! Some days they will ask for ranch, because my ranch recipe is their absolute favorite everything-real talk! Now me... I love spice, so I am always looking for something that is packed with heat. My favorite sauces include Nando's XX spicy sauce, Trader Joe's Habanero Sauce, and Buffalo Wild Wings sauces! My favorites include...
- Mango Habanero
- Caribbean Jerk
- Blazin (it is packed with heat)
What brand of chicken nuggets are the best?
This is a matter of opinion and based on dietary restrictions. My kids love dinosaur nuggets because they pack some fun into meal time. They can be bought by the bulk at Costco. Another favorite of ours is an organic variation that is gluten free. These healthier option frozen chicken nuggets by Earth's Best Brand are almost always found in our freezer that we purchase at Whole Foods. They cook juicy in under 5 minutes and taste delicious. Want a family favorite frozen chicken nugget recommendation? Tyson Frozen Chicken Nuggets! One would assume I am biased about this option being an Arkansas native, but they never fail to impress me with taste and Air Fry Tyson Frozen Chicken Nuggets taste better and better with every bite. Find them at Sam's Club by the bulk!
Can you air fry Tyson Chicken Nuggets
Yes! There is no need to defrost. Take the frozen chicken nuggets and place them straight in a preheated air fryer. These air fried chicken nuggets will be a family hit!
Can you air fry McDonald's Chicken Nuggets?
I reheat cold McDonald's Chicken Nuggets in the air fryer often. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Take the refrigerated chicken nuggets out of the fridge and air fry them for 3 minutes. That quick and easy!
Cooking dinosaur nuggets in air fryer
These are my kids favorite chicken nuggets because they make meal time fun! In fact, after every bite, they like to come up with different names and shapes for not only dinosaurs but other animals. It makes meal time fun and a lot less stressful. We all know how hard it can be to get a child to eat their meal sometimes, but with dinosaur chicken nuggets cooked in an air fryer the hussle and bussle is non-existent. I like to pair their meal with fruits and vegetables. They like to eat okra fries as well which doubles as an air fryer friendly meal!
Cook them in the basket
How to Air Fry Frozen Chicken Nuggets
- Air Fryer
- Heat Resistant Mitten
- 152 oz chicken nuggets, (about 16 dinosaur nuggets)
- spray oil (optional)
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
- Layer the air fryer basket tray with the chicken nuggets, assuring they are not overlapping.
- Place the basket in the air fryer and cook for 5-7 minutes. Toss/flip them half way through and spray with oil (optional).
- Serve with a tasty dipping sauce.
Step by Step Air Frying Instructions
Depending on your family size, budget preference, and quantity of food to cook this can vary. I have a large Breville Smart Oven which is perfect for a family of 4.
It is not recommended to use parchment paper in an air fryer.
Spray the food with oil before and during the cooking process. Adding oil throughout cooking phase will help keep moisture in and not dry out the outside of foods.