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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

An easy and quick way to make air fryer frozen chicken nuggets to get extra crispy outside. It’s a quick and easy dinner idea for the whole family!

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

Air fryer frozen nuggets cook up to have a nice crispy breading and juicy tender chicken meat on the inside.

Pair them with your favorite dipping sauce and you’ll have a kid-friendly and delicious dinner idea in just minutes!

Whether you’re making Banquet chicken nuggets in the air fryer or any other frozen breaded chicken nuggets, these directions will work for you!

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Frozen Chicken Nuggets in air fryer

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Nuggets in the Air Fryer

STEP ONE: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.

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STEP TWO: Place them into the air fryer basket or tray.

STEP THREE: Air fry frozen chicken nuggets for 4 to 5 minutes, remove from the air fryer, and enjoy!

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

Tips For the Best Frozen Chicken Nuggets in the Air fryer

  • Preheat your air fryer to get the best crispy and even results
  • Add an extra two minutes to the cooking time to get the outsides even crispier
  • Air fry frozen chicken nuggets in a single layer for even cooking — they will cook the best with a little space between the chicken bites
  • Don’t use any oil — most frozen foods in the US already have oil on them, so no extra is needed
  • Use a silicone liner to help with clean-up — it does not affect cooking time!
  • Use fully cooked frozen chicken nuggets. Raw chicken nuggets will not cook at the same time — use these air fryer chicken nuggets for homemade ones instead

What to Serve with Air Fryer Frozen Nuggets

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets with one bitten into

How Long to Cook Frozen Chicken Nuggets in the Air Fryer

Air frying frozen chicken nuggets takes just 4 to 5 minutes to cook.

If you want extra crispy nuggets, add another 2 minutes to that cooking time.

Best Brands to Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

I have used multiple brands using these same directions and these have been my favorites!

Please keep in mind if you use frozen 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
  • Costco chicken nuggets
  • Perdue chicken nuggets
  • Birds Eye Chicken Dippers

I’ve honestly even used these directions to make veggie nuggets!

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

Dipping Sauces For Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Closeup of breaded chicken nugget

How to Reheat Chicken Nuggets in the Air Fryer

Store leftover air fried chicken nuggets in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer using the directions below!

The air fryer will make McDonald’s chicken nuggets or even Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets taste better than when you first got them!

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Place your chicken nuggets in the air fryer tray or basket and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Remove them from the air fryer and enjoy!
Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets on a cutting board with one bitten into

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Yield: 2 servings

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Frozen Chicken Nuggets in air fryer

Air Fryer Frozen Chickenn Nuggets are crispy on the outside and cook up perfectly every time! A favorite for kids!

Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 frozen 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:

5 chicken nuggets

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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