Easy Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

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These Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets turn out the best of any method I’ve used to make chicken nuggets in the past, including the oven. They crisp up perfectly in just a few minutes.

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Everyone loves chicken nuggets and sometimes they’re the easiest possible solution for lunch or dinner so we find ourselves cooking them often. If you’ve got picky kids around the house, they likely are happy to eat chicken nuggets, so it’s your go-to.

I can tell you, the easiest fastest method for cooking frozen chicken nuggets and having them turn out crispy and delicious is putting them in the air fryer.

I use a Ninja Max XL air fryer and this thing is the bomb for cooking frozen foods like French Fries and onion rings. You don’t need any extra oil. All you have to do is dump them in the machine and hit start. It takes just 8-10 minutes in the air fryer at 400° F.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Chicken nuggets: The main ingredient you will need is chicken nuggets. For me the hardest part is finding good ones that have a firm meat filling and not something mushy and unidentifiable. We like Tyson’s chicken nuggets but Whole Foods 365 chicken nuggets are the best.
  • Salt & pepper: You don’t need a lot of seasoning. I find that just a sprinkle of salt and pepper is all that’s needed.
  • Dipping sauce: Use your favorite dipping sauce – ketchup, honey mustard, etc.

Equipment Information

How to Make Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets in the air fryer basket
  • Space frozen chicken nuggets apart in the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry at 400°F for 8-10 minutes, until crispy, flipping carefully halfway through.
  • Serve with ketchup or another dipping sauce on the side.

What to Pair with Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Dipping a chicken nugget into sauce

When you’re looking for something to pair with your crispy chicken nuggets, we’ve got a few ideas.

  • Sauces and dips: These chicken nuggets are a perfect snack that goes so well with any sauce of your choice. Whether ketchup, bbq sauce, garlic mayo, honey mustard, you can enjoy these with any sauce or dip you like.
  • Serve with French Fries: Chicken nuggets and French fries go way back! You could also serve potato wedges or sweet potato fries.
  • Corn on the cob: We love serving these with corn on the cob. Both finger foods. Both delicious.

How to Store Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

A plate of chicken nuggets

It’s best to air fry only the amount of chicken nuggets you wish to eat at the moment. That’s because they don’t store well once they’ve been cooked. The breading won’t remain crispy and will have to be cooked again to get that crunch back. Cooking them a second time might lead to over-cooked, dry chicken.

If you have to store them, you can keep left overs in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the air fryer on 400° F for 5 minutes.

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A plate of chicken nuggets

Easy Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

These Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets turn out the best of any method I've used to make chicken nuggets in the past, including the oven. They crisp up perfectly in just a few minutes.
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Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 270 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 10-12 frozen chicken nuggets
  • Ketchup for dipping optional

Instructions
 

  • Space frozen chicken nuggets apart in the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry at 400°F for 8-10 minutes, until crispy, flipping carefully halfway through.
  • Serve with ketchup on the side.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 14gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 470mg
Keyword Chicken
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