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Frozen Chicken Nuggets

byRobert Hutton,
Svenja O'Donnell
and Thomas Penny

If you have children or ever were one, you understand the pleasure of a great-tasting chicken nugget, preferably one that comes in amazing shapes–like dinosaurs. The struggle I always have with chicken nuggets isn’t about the shape or the lack of diversity it brings to the menu, but rather, the texture of a soggy, rubbery microwaved chicken nugget. However, when you cook frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer, you can deliver crisp, great-tasting nuggets every time.

Chicken Nuggets for any day of the week

We often use Kirkwood’s Dinosaur shaped nuggets, which are my four-year-old son’s favorite. We purchase them by the box at our neighborhood Aldi for around $6.99. These nuggets, which come in T-Rex, Triceratops, and Apatosaurus shapes, taste great, and they are relatively healthy, as far as chicken nuggets go.

In the microwave, chicken nuggets take around a minute to heat up, which is convenient, but the texture of most frozen-to-microwave products really disappoints me. It’s definitely worth the extra twelve minutes to prep these in the air fryer, which is still 8-10 minutes faster than baking them in the oven, not including the time it takes for your oven to preheat. Cooking frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer will never be a disappointment.

Using an air fryer is also a fast, easy way to reheat restaurant chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, or french fries your little one couldn’t finish while you were eating out. When it comes to texture and taste, an air fryer beats a microwave any day.

Frozen Chicken Nuggets in Airfryer
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
13 mins

It's quick and easy to air fry frozen chicken nuggets. They come out so crispy!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Nuggets in Air Fryer, Frozen Chicken Nuggets
Servings: 1
Calories: 400 kcal
Chicken Nugget Ingredients
  • 8 pieces frozen chicken nuggets
Chicken Nugget Instructions
  1. Preheat air fryer to 400° F | 204° C for 5 minutes

  2. Add an air fryer liner, and place frozen chicken nuggets in the air-fryer basket.

  3. Air Fry for 12 minutes at 400° F | 204° C

  4. Shake or flip the chicken nuggets halfway through air frying at around 6 minutes.

  5. Serve with your favorite sauce, plate and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Note: If you are making plant-based vegan nuggets, I suggest 380° F | 180° C for 10 minutes.   Using a food thermometer, they above the suggested 160° F | 71° C.




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