Learn how to cook frozen nuggets to crispy perfection every time using an air fryer. In these steps with an air fryer frozen chicken nuggets don't require thawing and can be ready in less than 10 minutes. It's the quickest way to cook frozen nuggets when you are short on time.
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets
There is no need to drive to your local fast food restaurant like McDonalds, as it’s so much quicker and cheaper to cook frozen nuggets right at home.
These air fryer frozen nuggets are the perfect last-minute meal when you are in a hurry. Serve these nuggets with this honey mustard dipping sauce.
The Best Way to Reheat Frozen Meals
Frozen foods are convenient. However, reheating the frozen nuggets in the oven can take the same amount of time as heating up fresh ones.
Of course, some breaded chicken nugget brands show you how to reheat in the microwave, but that's my least favorite way to prepare nuggets because the microwave doesn't heat uniformly and they also get mushy or tough and rubbery.
Nuggets are one of those comfort food items that I initially bought for my kids. After sneaking a couple here and there I started to realize that I too really enjoy them.
We had a group of adults and kids over for an event and I noticed plenty of other adults grabbing them too. Everybody likes chicken, and nuggets are just so easy and quick.
There are a lot of brands out there, in different shapes and sizes. I used Tyson Fully Cooked Chicken Nuggets, and they came out nice and moist on the inside with that nice air fryer crisp on the outside.
Also, check out this Air Fryer Frozen Mini Pretzel Dogs recipe.
How to Cook Frozen Breaded Chicken Nuggets in an Air Fryer:
In this recipe, I used a 8 qt Gourmia air fryer. I was able to air fry about 15 pieces of Tyson chicken nuggets, fully cooked in one batch.
Please note, there are so many air fryers available on the market and they may perform differently based on many factors. You may need to adjust time and cooking temperature accordingly.
Here are some important steps to follow:
Step 1. Preheat the Air Fryer
Preheat the Air Fryer with the cooking pot empty. Preheating the air fryer will ensure that the contents will start cooking immediately and at the right temperature.
Step 2. No oil or cooking spray is needed
Step 3. No thawing required
Put the frozen chicken nuggets straight into the basket, in a single layer. Remember to work in multiple batches if needed. Do not overcrowd the basket so the nuggets cook evenly.
Step 4. Air Fry
Follow basic safety precautions when using your air fryer. Set the temperature to 400°F and cook the nuggets for 3 minutes on one side. Flip the chicken nuggets and continue cooking for 3 minutes.
Step 5. Always Check for Doneness
Frozen food may also carry germs, so it's important to cook them thoroughly until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. For that reason, if the frozen chicken nuggets aren't quite ready, you can continue cooking and checking every minute or so until they reach a safe temperature before serving.
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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets
- an air fryer
- 1 package frozen chicken nuggets, fully cooked
- Preheat the air fryer and set the temperature 400°F.
- Put the frozen chicken nuggets straight into the basket, in a single layer. Do not overcrowd. No thawing required.
- Cook for 4 minutes, then flip and cook the other side for 4 minutes. Check for doneness and air fry longer if needed, until they reach 165°F and are crispy.