How To Reheat McDonalds Chicken Nuggets In Air Fryer

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How to reheat McDonalds Nuggets. Let me show you how to reheat your favourite McDonalds chicken nuggets or McNuggets as you might call them, in the air fryer. Tuck in and enjoy as your chicken nuggets will be crispy and piping hot again.

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Reheat Mcdonalds Nuggets

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These mcnuggets that we are reheating in the air fryer is part of a three part McDonalds series. I recommend you also check out reheat McDonalds Quarter Pounders and reheat McDonalds French fries too.

McDonalds Chicken Nuggets

McDonald’s chicken nuggets has become mine and the hubby’s frugal fast food snack at the shopping centre for some time now. We have a small shopping centre here in Portugal that is not like the size of the shopping centre that you would associate with the US or the UK.

A small food court sits on the top floor and there is a lack of choices that we like. With too many places that we have had a bad experience and bad customer service, has left us with just a few.

Then there are always those times when you are shopping with the kids and you want something mega fast.

Since having small kids our new favourite has been some McDonalds Chicken Nuggets. We would get the larger family sharing pack of 20 and then dip it into the McDonalds sweet and sour sauce. So yummy and incredibly cheap too. Then I would have it on the side while sharing some soup with the kids.

So, when I mentioned to Dominic that I wanted to take some McDonalds chicken nuggets home to show people how to reheat them, he jumped at the chance.

Though, I made sure he brought plenty of sweet and sour sauce home with him!

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Can You Reheat McDonalds Chicken Nuggets?

You certainly can. Reheating McDonalds chicken nuggets is amazing. But you need to do it a certain way otherwise you will end up with horrible chicken nuggets with a rubbery texture. Kind of think of the time you have reheated battered food in the microwave and how much you hated it.

Can You Eat McDonalds Chicken Nuggets Cold?

Yes, you can! Just make sure you have refrigerated the chicken nuggets and not left them out in the warmth. As otherwise your chicken nuggets will be at greater risk of food poisoning.

If cold is your plan of action (instead of reheating) place them in the fridge and consume within 1 day.   

Best Way To Reheat McDonalds Nuggets?

The best way to reheat McDonalds nuggets will always be in the air fryer. That is because the air fryer will gently crisp them up again.

If you are ever wondering how to make McDonalds chicken nuggets crispy again, well the quick answer is the air fryer.

That is because you are warming through your leftover chicken nuggets at the same time as spraying them with extra virgin olive oil to make the nuggets crispy. Its like the air fryer makes them taste like fresh deep fried again.

Are McDonalds Chicken Nuggets Fried?

Yes, they are. If you get close enough at the counter at McDonalds, you can see them deep frying the chicken nuggets. I have found that McDonalds has such an amazing batter on them and most times I burn my tongue on them as I am so desperate to tuck in.

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How To Reheat McDonalds Nuggets?

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If you want to reheat McDonald’s chicken nuggets in the air fryer then this is how its done:

  1. Load leftover nuggets into the air fryer basket.
  2. Cook on a medium heat.
  3. Spray with preferred oil.
  4. Air fry and serve.

If you have not used an extra virgin olive oil spray in the air fryer, then they are essential for crispy chicken nuggets.

You see, you are spraying directly on the food and then it will create a crispy texture that you just wouldn’t get from adding olive oil with a spoon on your hands.

What Dominic did was get an empty spray bottle and fill it with our favourite olive oil and we use it all the time with the air fryer.

How Long To Reheat McDonalds Chicken Nuggets In Air Fryer?

The air fryer cook time for reheating McDonalds chicken nuggets is much faster than you would think. In fact, our chicken nuggets took JUST 4 minutes. There is no temperature change or shaking or turning your nuggets, making this a very fast reheat.

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As well as our reheat Mcdonalds chicken nuggets in the air fryer we have a full series of recipes showing you how to reheat in the air fryer. You can follow the rest of the series below:

How To Reheat McDonalds Chicken Nuggets In Air Fryer
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How To Reheat McDonalds Chicken Nuggets In Air Fryer

How to reheat McDonalds Nuggets. Let me show you how to reheat your favourite McDonalds chicken nuggets or McNuggets as you might call them, in the air fryer. Tuck in as your chicken nuggets will be crispy and piping hot again.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time4 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 2
Calories: 420kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:



  • Place your leftover McDonalds chicken nuggets into the air fryer basket and spread them out as it will help them reheat better. Spray the chicken nuggets with extra virgin olive oil.
    Can You Reheat McDonalds Chicken Nuggets?
  • Air fry for 4 minutes at 160c/320f.
    Can You Reheat McDonalds Chicken Nuggets?
  • Serve with sweet and sour sauce.
    Can You Reheat McDonalds Chicken Nuggets?



Sauce. Don’t forget to bring some sauce back with you from McDonalds as it is great for dipping your nuggets into. My personal favourite is McDonalds sweet and sour.
Oil. The oil is important as it stops the nuggets from drying out and gives them the crisp back.
Thanks for reading how to reheat McDonalds Chicken Nuggets on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to learn more about reheating food, check out reheat pizza in air fryer next.


Serving: 10Nuggets | Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 840mg
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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2 thoughts on “How To Reheat McDonalds Chicken Nuggets In Air Fryer”

  1. 5 stars
    Quite a drive home from Mcdonald´s so had to reheat them when i got back and they were perfect thanks for the time and temp.


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