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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

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An easy and quick way to make frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer to get extra crispy outside.

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets on a brown cutting board with a little bowl of ketchup

I love throwing together a quick lunch for the kids. Honestly, I’ve even had to make a quick batch of chicken nuggets while dinner was on the table because I wasn’t in the mood to get the kids to eat.

These air fryer chicken nuggets from frozen are a great way to make something super simple and quick for those days and nights you just want food on the table. And, who doesn’t love chicken nuggets?!

I am going to go over how to make air fryer frozen chicken nuggets, how to reheat chicken nuggets in the air fryer, which brands you can use, and how to air fry chicken nuggets and fries together.

Do you love to make frozen food in your air fryer? Try out these air fryer recipes made with frozen ingredients!

It includes Air Fryer Hot Pockets, Air Fryer Frozen Sweet Potato Fries, Air Fryer Potstickers, Air Fryer Frozen Hot Dogs, and more!

I used the Cosori 5.8QT Air Fryer to make this recipe. It is the perfect size for my family of 4 because of its square basket!

Title and Shown: Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets (in an air fryer)

Why You Should Make Frozen Chicken Nuggets in the Air Fryer

  • They cook much faster than an oven
  • They get crispier!
  • You can cook the chicken nuggets with fries inside the air fryer together
  • It won’t heat your whole kitchen in the summer
  • You can make them quick for the kids if they refuse to eat lunch or dinner
  • Easy to clean, especially if you use parchment paper rounds or a silicone basket.

How to Make Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

Frozen Chicken Nuggets in air fryer
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Place the frozen chicken nuggets into the air fryer. It’s best if they are not stacked or touching. If they are, it will just take longer to cook them to get crispy.
  • Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, remove from the air fryer, and enjoy!

You can also cook them an extra 2 minutes to get an extra crunchy outside, but they will be warm enough to eat at 4 to 5 minutes.

Closeup of air fryer chicken nugget in hand with ketchup on it

Do I Need to Preheat My Air Fryer to Cook These?

Do you need to? No. Should you? Yes.

And here’s why.

  • Your food will cook more evenly – this means the inside will cook as fast as the outside without burning it
  • Your food will cook faster – preheating your air fryer will start cooking the chicken nuggets at 400 degrees instead of 0 degrees.
  • Each air fryer preheats at a different rate – you can’t expect a 2 QT air fryer to heat up as fast as a 12 QT air fryer, but once the air fryer preheats, they all cook at the same temperature making recipes easier to follow and succeed.
  • It’s easier to track how long it takes to cook – If you cook a batch of chicken nuggets from a cold air fryer, it will take longer to cook because it starts from a lower temperature.

    If you decide to make extra chicken nuggets afterward, you run the potential to burn them because they’ll cook much faster than last time.

    It’s just easier to remember one cooking time.
Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets with one bitten into

What Brands Can I Use with These Directions?

I have used multiple brands using these same directions. Here are just a few options you can use to make air fryer frozen chicken nuggets.

Please keep in mind if you use chicken tenders and not chicken nuggets the cooking time can vary.

  • Tyson chicken nuggets (including the Tyson boneless chicken bites and fun nuggets)
  • Dino chicken nuggets
  • Perdue chicken nuggets
  • Generic store brands
  • Kidfresh chicken nuggets

I’ve honestly even used these directions to make Morningstar Chik’n Nuggets!

Chicken Nuggets made in the air fryer on a brown cutting board with ketchup from overhead

How Do I Cook Chicken Nuggets and French Fries Together?

The best part about the air fryer is its ability to cook multiple things at once.

Follow these directions to cook both together:

  1. Prepare and cook these Air Fryer French Fries per the recipe.
  2. When there are about 6 to 7 minutes left cooking, move the French Fries to one side of the air fryer as best as possible (if desired) and place the chicken nuggets inside.
  3. Finish cooking the fries and chicken nuggets and enjoy!

The chicken nuggets take a little longer to cook with French Fries inside due to the amount of food in the air fryer.

Closeup of breaded chicken nugget

How to Reheat Chicken Nuggets in the Air Fryer

I love using my air fryer to reheat leftovers and chicken nuggets are no exception.

The air fryer will make McDonald’s chicken nuggets and even Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets taste better than when you first got them! And the outsides will turn crunchy again!

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Place your chicken nuggets in the air fryer and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Remove them from the air fryer and enjoy!

It’s that simple!

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets on a cutting board with one bitten into

The Best Sauces to Use for Chicken Nuggets

Here are some of my favorite sauces to enjoy with chicken nuggets

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Yield: 2 servings

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets on a brown cutting board with a little bowl of ketchup

Chicken Nuggets are air fried from frozen to create a crispy breading in little time.

Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 chicken nuggets

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until warmed thoroughly.
  3. Remove the chicken nuggets from the air fryer and enjoy!

Notes

How to Reheat Chicken Nuggets in the Air Fryer:

1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.

2. Cook the chicken nuggets for 2 to 3 minutes until warmed, remove from the air fryer, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 246Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 475mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 13g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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