Cooking frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer is an incredibly easy and quick way to give them an extra crunchy and golden crust. While chicken fingers cooked in the oven or microwave often turn out soggy or dry, air fried nuggets come out perfectly cooked every time.
Air fryer chicken nuggets are a great choice if you need a fast snack or meal for your kids. They cook from frozen and no preheating of the oven is necessary, so they are ready in only a couple of minutes.
Serve air fried chicken fingers with ketchup, BBQ sauce, Honey Mustard or your favorite dipping sauce. For a spicy twist, dip these delicious crispy treats into Buffalo sauce.
How to Store Nuggets After Cooking
Storing your food properly is important to prevent spoiling or food poisoning.
Refrigerate: Let any leftover air fryer chicken nuggets cool completely. Then store them in an airtight container or ziploc bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
HOW TO REHEAT IN THE AIR FRYER
Reheating nuggets in the air fryer is super easy and beats reheating them in the microwave by miles. While microwaved chicken fingers come out soft, soggy and pretty much inedible, the air fryer brings them back to almost perfect crispiness.
Simply put your pre-cooked nuggets back into the air fryer and cook at 350ºF for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Your chicken fingers should once again be crunchy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.
MORE FROZEN FOODS TO COOK IN AN AIR FRYER
Your air fryer comes in very handy to prepare a quick after school snack, lunch or dinner for your kids. It perfectly cooks frozen snacks like fish sticks, chicken nuggets, tater tots or bagel bites. The best part, it only takes a couple of minutes from freezer to plate. And we all know, when it comes to hungry kids, every minute counts!
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Most definitely! Cooking frozen chicken nuggets or chicken fingers in the air fryer has a couple of advantages. First, they are ready much faster as there is no long preheating time necessary and they also have a shorter cooking time in the air fryer. Even more important, they turn out much crunchier than they ever do in the oven.
Yes, you can put air fryer parchment paper or an air fryer silicone mat underneath your frozen nuggets. This will make the clean up a lot quicker. If you make your own air fryer parchment paper, make sure your paper is slightly smaller than your air fryer basket. Punch a couple of holes into the paper with a hole punch or toothpick. This allows the hot air to circulate and cook your food evenly.
Yes, you can definitely also reheat leftover fast food chain nuggets in your air fryer. Turn your machine to 350ºF and cook for 2-3 minutes. Don't be surprised if your reheated nuggets actually turn out crispier than when you first got them!
- 12 chicken nuggets - frozen