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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Air fryer frozen chicken nuggets in your Ninja Foodi or any other brand so they’re tender inside and really crispy on the outside. This is it! 

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

You might also wonder why you’d want to use this method versus throwing them into the oven. Let me tell you that air fryer frozen chicken nuggets are WAY better than the “old fashioned” way. This and more listed on our list of easy air fryer recipes. (originally published 5/19, affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Yes you can make homemade chicken nuggets or air fryer popcorn chicken but when you’re in a hurry this kitchen hack is the best.

You get really tender chicken with the perfect crispiness on the outside. It is as crunchy as frying chicken without the oil. It is a game changer for sure.

If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Are you obsessed with this new air fry kitchen appliance too?? I am! We’ve been making Ninja Foodi chicken nuggets for weeks now and can’t get enough. We even made frozen salmon in air fryer and that was amazing.

We made homemade chicken tenders using bread crumbs the other day, then tackled our bag in the freezer!

How long to air fryer dino nuggets

These would take about the same time. They are slightly larger but misshapen so not that much wider and certainly not thicker. I would use the same timing listed below.

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets 2

What is the best brand of chicken nuggets?

  • That depends on who you ask.
  • I prefer one like this that uses no antibiotics.

More importantly I look for a brand that uses all white meat from chicken breasts. I think it is less processed tasting.

  • Honestly I am a very frugal shopper HOWEVER, you can taste the difference in nuggets if you spend a bit more to get the better stuff.
  • Tyson and Applegate Naturals are great choices for us.

Air Fryer Dino Nuggets

Tyson is who offers these fun shapes. They are a bit larger than the ovals but narrower in different spots which means it evens the timing out. I wouldn’t change a thing from what is listed below in the recipe card if you have these.

What are the healthiest chicken nuggets?

They are all going to have fillers but you can make them healthier by NOT frying them. That’s where this recipe comes in handy. You’ll find this and how long to cook other foods on our air fryer cook times chart.

air fryer cook chart

Why are chicken nuggets better in the air fryer versus the oven?

  • First of all I don’t like turning on my oven during the summertime. Let’s save on the cooling bill shall we. 😉
  • It’s a fun food for kids that cooks lot faster using this method, no need to heat up the oven.
  • Nuggets get a crunchier outside this way, with the middle remaining tender.
  • It’s a great method if you have older kids so they can make an after school snack quickly by themselves.

Sometimes I just want a little something too and feel guilty heating up the oven for just a handful. This way I can throw in some just for myself and be done in just 12 minutes flat!

Seriously…this and frozen mozzarella sticks in air fryer are game changers. We don’t make them any other way now!

ninja foodi chicken nuggets

How do you cook frozen chicken nuggets in an air fryer?

Step 1 – Get out your bag of frozen nuggets and put as many as you’d like into your air fryer basket (there’s no need to preheat the air fryer for this). If you want them very crispy do not overlap them.

Close your lid and set to air crisp at 400 degrees for 12 minutes. Now don’t walk away because you’re going to want to flip them halfway through to get them as crispy as possible.

Then flip each one over after minute 5 and close lid again until the timer is up. If you want even crispier add an additional minutes or just leave them in for a few minutes instead of immediately removing them.

  • If you spray the chicken nuggets with a bit of olive oil during the last 2 minutes it makes your chicken pieces extra crispy too
  • 12 min. total has worked great for us though

Once done remove, put on a plate with some dipping sauces, and enjoy your air fryer chicken nuggets.

Reheat Chicken Nuggets in Air Fryer

If you made too many or have leftovers from McDonalds and want to eat them the next way, make sure to throw them in to crisp again! 400 F for 3 minutes should do the trick for ya’.

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What do you dip chicken nuggets in?

  1. Ketchup is a given
  2. Fry sauce is the bomb!
  3. Barbecue sauce – this is our favorite
  4. I save our extra Chick Fil A sauce packets and use them at home when I make these!
  5. Thousand Island dressing

A light sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top of them is yummy too. I will admit that many times I will just eat them plain wrapped in a paper towel as I jet out the door to pick up kiddos.

Take your pick, any way you slice it they’re great this way.

How to Make Fry Sauce

Other air fryer recipes you’ll love after making these are many. A few of our favorites are below though:

Air fryer frozen chicken nuggets

Homemade air fryer stuffed chicken breast or frozen chicken wings in air fryer should be next!

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How long to air fry chicken nuggets?

We answer all your questions below and explain step by step how this is done. I assure you that you’ll love them more than any other method after trying this!

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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Air fryer frozen chicken nuggets in your Ninja Foodi or any other brand so they're tender inside and really crispy on the outside. This is it!
Course Entree, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, chicken nuggets, crispy, frozen, ninja foodi
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 283kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • 10 chicken nuggets packaged, frozen


  • Arrange your frozen chicken nuggets in your air fryer basket so they are not overlapping. This will make them the crispiest.
  • Close air fryer lid and turn machine on. Press air crisp at 400 degrees for 12 minutes.
  • At minute 5 lift lid and flip nuggets over.
  • After time is up enjoy immediately for best results.


Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 100mg33%
Sodium 1449mg63%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Monday 3rd of January 2022

A very informative article in complete detail, thank you. I will share it with my friends.

Randy Dollar

Monday 18th of January 2021

Came out perfect!

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 19th of January 2021



Monday 2nd of November 2020

These are so easy. My kids loved them!

Samantha Dawn

Monday 2nd of November 2020

This is such a great recipe for the kiddos!

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020



Sunday 1st of November 2020

Works great for frozen chicken fingers as well. I put nine in my 6 quart Ninja. Nine a crispy. Bob

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