Perfectly juicy on the inside and insanely crispy on the outside, air fryer frozen chicken nuggets are a fast way to add some protein to any meal!

air fryer frozen chicken nuggets

It’s no secret that I’m basically obsessed with my air fryer. Not only does it give the perfect crisp to any food, but it’s seriously FAST. Like, WAY faster than the oven. Once you make these crispy air fryer frozen chicken nuggets you’ll never want to make then in the oven again!

Can Frozen Chicken Go In The Air Fryer?

Absolutely! With this method of cooking frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer there is no need to thaw them before! Such a time saver!

up close air fryer frozen chicken nuggets

How Do You Make Crispy Frozen Chicken Nuggets?

Like I said, the key here is the air fryer! I explain more about how an air fryer works in my blog post on air fryer VS deep fryer cooking, but basically it’s an oven that circulates air.

When you cook food in your regular oven the air doesn’t get to move around as much and can take away from that crispy-ness you’re looking for. Cooking frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer helps the air come at the frozen chicken nuggets from all angles!

Another key tip is to shake the basket halfway through the cooking time in order to make sure they’re evenly crisped!

air fryer frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer basket

How Do You Cook Frozen Chicken Nuggets In The Air Fryer?

All you have to do to cook your chicken nuggets in the air fryer is to dump them into the air fryer basket- be sure to spray it with non-stick spray first! You want to avoid over crowding your basket. I like to keep them in just one layer. It’s okay if they’re touching but you want to avoid them overlapping.

Next, set your air fryer to 370 degrees and cook for 10 minutes total, shaking once halfway through the cooking time.

Then, crank the temperature up to 400 degrees and cook for an additional two minutes. This will give you a really nice crisp on the outside! Delicious!

air fryer frozen chicken nuggets on a plate

air fryer frozen chicken nuggets

Can Chicken Nuggets Be Reheated?

Totally! I just pop them back in the air fryer at 370 for about 5 minutes!

Are Chicken Nuggets Healthy?

The old thought that frozen chicken nuggets are a kids foods is so, well.. old! I’m a grown woman who loves to pop some chicken nuggets in the air fryer whenever I need a quick meal! They’re great because they give your body both protein and carbs, both of which contribute to a satisfying meal that keeps you full!

I like to look for frozen chicken nuggets that are made with white meat chicken breast and have few ingredients. This is a form of gentle nutrition, as I know that helps my body feel it’s best. But if all that’s available is the regular kind with maybe a longer ingredient list don’t worry, totally fine to eat those, too!

If you do want to make your own chicken nuggets from scratch it’s really easy! I have a recipe for extra crispy spicy chicken nuggets that I like to cook in the air fryer. You can totally leave out the spices to keep them as just regular homemade chicken nuggets!

air fryer frozen chicken nuggets

air fryer frozen chicken nuggets with ketchup

 

How Do You Serve Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets?

Here are some ways I love to enjoy crispy air fryer chicken nuggets:

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XOXO

-Colleen

air fryer frozen chicken nuggets

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air fryer frozen chicken nuggets

Crispy Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Yield: 2 Servings
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, air fryer frozen chicken nuggets are a great way to add protein to any meal!

Ingredients

  • ~ 10 frozen chicken nuggets (or as many will fit in your air fryer and you're wanting to cook!)

Instructions

Spray your air fryer basket with non-stick spray.

Place frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer basket.

Cook at 370 for 10 minutes, flipping once halfway through cooking time

Plate them up as is, serve on a salad, or add to a wrap!

Enjoy!

Notes

You can use any kind of frozen chicken nuggets for this recipe.

Chicken tenders will also work, you may need to extend the cooking time by a couple of minutes if they are large.

To store, place them in an air tight container and store in the fridge for 5-7 days.

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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