How to Make Super Easy Air-Fryer Chicken Nuggets

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You can make air-fryer chicken nuggets in less than 10 minutes! They come out perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside every single time.

A bag of frozen chicken nuggets is a convenient thing to have on hand. They’re especially handy for quick and easy weeknight dinners or afternoon snacks. Microwaving chicken nuggets takes almost no time, but the texture turns rubbery and soggy. Cooking chicken nuggets in the oven creates crispy nuggets, but you have to wait for the oven to preheat while it warms up the entire kitchen.

The solution? The air fryer, obviously! Once you try air-fryer chicken nuggets you’ll never go back to cooking them in the microwave or oven. If you’re new to air frying, here’s how an air fryer works, and here’s how to find the best air fryer for your cooking style.

How to Make the Best Air-Fryer Chicken Nuggets

Air-fryer chicken nuggets can be cooked from frozen and do not need to be thawed. Additionally, regardless if you have an oven-style air fryer or basket-model air fryer, the instructions are the same.

No preheating necessary and no oil needed! Just grab a bag of your favorite frozen chicken nuggets and get to cooking.


  • Arrange the frozen nuggets in a single layer on the air-fryer basket and air fry at 400°F for 8-10 minutes.
  • For even cooking and to ensure a crunchy exterior, don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. If cooking in multiple batches, the air fryer will already be warm, so nuggets may cook a bit quicker.
  • Serve crispy air-fryer chicken nuggets hot with an assortment of your favorite dipping sauces like ketchup or barbecue sauce. Pair nuggets with a side salad, fries or a vegetable side dish.

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How long do you cook frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer?

At 400°, frozen chicken nuggets will usually be cooked in the air fryer after 8-10 minutes. You can flip the nuggets halfway through, but it’s not required. If you prefer extra crispy nuggets, increase cooking time by 1-2 minutes.

How do you reheat chicken nuggets in the air fryer?

Warm chicken nuggets in the air fryer at 400° for about 6-8 minutes, or until heated through.

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Jenna Urben
Jenna is a food blogger focused on sharing allergy-friendly recipes. Her favorite ingredients include sweet potatoes, chickpeas and squash.