Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets. Let’s put a smile on every kid and big kids face by serving up delicious crispy frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer.

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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Frozen Chicken Nuggets. Let’s put a smile on every kid and big kids face by serving up delicious crispy frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer.

Frozen chicken nuggets must be one of my guilty pleasures. We all have that comfort food that we don’t admit to eating and frozen chicken nuggets is one of mine.

I blame a lack of frozen chicken nuggets as a kid. You would go around to your friend’s house for dinner when at school and you always compared notes with what they got compared to what you got.

I would often get Heinz pasta in a can. Macaroni cheese, spaghetti Bolognese, spaghetti hoops and other similar ones with a slice or two of cucumber and a little bit of grated cheese on top.

Dominic would get similar but call me posh as he got the cheap version of Heinz!

My friend Louise had lots of canned soup going on. My favourite was Oxtail Soup and her dad (who knew I was addicted to cheese) would serve it up with cheese on toast. I’m just getting hungry thinking about it.

But my friend Sara had the best food. Her mum would cook sausages in the deep fat fryer with fries and they were oh so good.

I never got anything like this at home and I certainly didn’t get dinner out of the fat fryer! Yet Sara was always so skinny compared to me and still is!

Nowadays so many families serve up chicken nuggets and chips to their kids for dinner when they come home from school.

It is normally frozen chicken nuggets that are thrown in the deep fat fryer, paired with some chips. There may be peas or beans on the side to go with them.

But the deep fat fryer is so fattening, and the air fryer can provide much better results for your frozen chicken nuggets.

Can You Cook Frozen Chicken Nuggets In An Air Fryer?

Yes you can. Frozen chicken nuggets are ideal for the air fryer. They cook perfectly without being dry, they have a crispy coating. But without the need for the deep fat fryer.

Think the calories of oven baked chicken nuggets for the texture of deep fried chicken nuggets.

Frozen Nuggets In Air Fryer

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

We love to cook frozen chicken breast nuggets. But what is wonderful about the air fryer is that you can use any.

If you have shaped chicken nuggets then use them, or our air fryer chili cheese nuggets, or why not cook fish nuggets in the air fryer?

Just choose your favourite type and then follow our air fryer chicken nuggets cook time and temperature.

How To Cook Frozen Chicken Nuggets In Air Fryer?

air fryer frozen chicken nuggets step by step

If you are wondering how to cook frozen chicken nuggets in air fryer, then you will be pleased to know that it is so simple a 2 year old could do it.

Frozen chicken nuggets in air fryer goes like this:

  1. Remove frozen chicken nuggets from the packaging.
  2. Place into the air fryer basket.
  3. Air fry + serve.

There is a little more to it than that, but those are the simple basics!

How Long To Cook Frozen Chicken Nuggets In Air Fryer?

The frozen chicken nuggets air fryer time is JUST 8 minutes. Can you believe that? The idea that chicken nuggets can be cooked from frozen in JUST 8 short minutes. I think it is amazing and even my chef husband is shocked and looks at me and wants to question whether they are cooked or not!

What Temperature To Air Fry Chicken Nuggets?

The ideal temperature for air fryer chicken nuggets is 180c/360f. This ensures that the chicken nuggets are piping hot and that you have a crispy crunch on the chicken nuggets.

I am very fussy when it comes to frozen chicken nuggets. I simply, won’t buy any chicken nuggets and they must taste good. I hate them from nearly all fast food establishments apart from McDonalds and I blame Jamie Oliver for that.

I remember watching Jamie Oliver when he was trying to solve childhood obesity in the US and he showed a group of children the rubbish that goes into frozen chicken nuggets. How it is all the leftover rubbish from the chicken carcass and highly processed and very bad for you.

After that McDonalds stepped up their game and improved their chicken nuggets recipe. Out went the rubbish and in came chicken nuggets made from real chicken breasts.

We often have them as a frugal alternative for lunch. A big box of 20 chicken nuggets and 2 fries is enough to feed the 4 of us for lunch when we are out shopping.

Frozen Chicken Nuggets + Ranch Dipping Sauce

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Frozen chicken nuggets taste even better if you make a quick ranch dipping sauce to dip in. Making your own ranch dipping sauce is so quick that you can make it, have a sit down, all before the air fryer beeps after its 8 minutes!

I make ranch dipping sauce for my frozen chicken nuggets by mixing:

  • Dried dill
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Garlic puree

Just 3 simple ingredients that most families will have in and won’t need to go grocery shopping to source the ingredients.

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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets
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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Frozen Chicken Nuggets. Let’s put a smile on every kid and big kids face by serving up delicious crispy frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer.
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 256kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Recipe Ingredients:


  • Place the frozen chicken nuggets into your air fryer basket.
    Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets
  • Cook for 8 minutes at 180c/360f.
    Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets
  • Make the ranch sauce. Mix together in a small bowl the Greek yoghurt, dried dill and garlic. Serve warm with your ranch sauce.
    Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets



Quantity. You can cook up to 40 frozen chicken nuggets at once in your air fryer. We used our Philips Air Fryer XL for this recipe and here is our Philips Air Fryer XL Review.
Crispy. If your frozen chicken nuggets are not crispy enough, spray with extra virgin olive oil and cook for a further 2 minutes at 200c/400f.
Thanks for reading our air fryer frozen chicken nuggets recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you love air fryer frozen food, do check out our air fryer frozen French fries.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.3g | Protein: 15.3g | Fat: 13.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 0.8mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets
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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets
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6 thoughts on “Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets”

    • Hi Mel,

      Its personal choice. They can be more crispy if you turn them. Just like they can be crispier if you spray with a little olive oil.

  1. 5 stars
    Yes i turned mine half way through just to make sure, i think it is really dependent on which air fryer you have and how much it cooks the food from the bottom. Mine came out quite crispy.


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