Chicken nuggets are a beloved and convenient finger food that both kids and adults enjoy. By using an air fryer, you can achieve a crispy exterior without the need for deep frying. In this recipe, I’ll guide you through the steps to make crispy frozen chicken nuggets using your air fryer. Get ready to enjoy a delicious and healthier version of this classic snack or meal option.

1. Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets


  • Frozen chicken nuggets
  • Cooking spray or oil (optional)
  • Dipping sauces of your choice (such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, or honey mustard)


Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes.

Place the desired number of frozen chicken nuggets in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Avoid overcrowding the basket to ensure even cooking and achieve maximum crispiness.

If desired, lightly spray the chicken nuggets with cooking spray or brush them with a small amount of oil. This step is optional but can help enhance the crispiness.

Place the basket in the air fryer and cook the chicken nuggets for approximately 10-12 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time. Cooking times may vary depending on the size and thickness of the nuggets, as well as the desired level of crispness.

Keep an eye on the chicken nuggets during the last few minutes of cooking to prevent them from burning. You want them to be golden brown and crispy.

Once the chicken nuggets are cooked to your desired level of crispness, carefully remove them from the air fryer using tongs or a spatula.

Allow the chicken nuggets to cool for a few minutes before serving, as they will be very hot.

Serve the crispy air fryer chicken nuggets with your favorite dipping sauces, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, or honey mustard. They are perfect as a snack, appetizer, or as part of a meal.

Using an air fryer to cook frozen chicken nuggets is a great way to achieve a crispy and healthier version of this popular snack. By following this recipe, you’ll enjoy perfectly cooked chicken nuggets without the need for deep frying.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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