Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

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Frozen Chicken Nuggets. Let’s put a smile on every kid and big kids face by serving up delicious crispy frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Frozen chicken nuggets must be one of my guilty pleasures. We all have that comfort food that we don’t admit to eating and frozen chicken nuggets is one of mine.

I blame a lack of frozen chicken nuggets as a kid. You would go around to your friend’s house for dinner when at school and you always compared notes with what they got compared to what you got.

I would often get Heinz pasta in a can. Macaroni cheese, spaghetti Bolognese, spaghetti hoops and other similar ones with a slice or two of cucumber and a little bit of grated cheese on top.

Dominic would get similar but call me posh as he got the cheap version of Heinz!

My friend Louise had lots of canned soup going on. My favourite was Oxtail Soup and her dad (who knew I was addicted to cheese) would serve it up with cheese on toast. I’m just getting hungry thinking about it.

But my friend Sara had the best food. Her mum would cook sausages in the deep fat fryer with fries and they were oh so good.

I never got anything like this at home and I certainly didn’t get dinner out of the fat fryer! Yet Sara was always so skinny compared to me and still is!

Nowadays so many families serve up chicken nuggets and chips to their kids for dinner when they come home from school.

It is normally frozen chicken nuggets that are thrown in the deep fat fryer, paired with some chips. There may be peas or beans on the side to go with them.

But the deep fat fryer is so fattening, and the air fryer can provide much better results for your frozen chicken nuggets.

Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Frozen chicken nuggets taste just as crispy and delicious in the air fryer, as McDonalds chicken nuggets do in the deep fat fryers. They have that amazing crunchy texture and you just want to keep dipping and eating the chicken nuggets until you have eaten the lot.

We got a batch of frozen chicken nuggets from our local Iceland here in Portugal as we wanted to see how they compared to McDonalds chicken nuggets.

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

I am very fussy when it comes to frozen chicken nuggets. I simply, won’t buy any chicken nuggets and they must taste good. I hate them from nearly all fast food establishments apart from McDonalds and I blame Jamie Oliver for that.

I remember watching Jamie Oliver when he was trying to solve childhood obesity in the US and he showed a group of children the rubbish that goes into frozen chicken nuggets. How it is all the leftover rubbish from the chicken carcass and highly processed and very bad for you.

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

After that McDonalds stepped up their game and improved their chicken nuggets recipe. Out went the rubbish and in came chicken nuggets made from real chicken breasts.

We often have them as a frugal alternative for lunch. A big box of 20 chicken nuggets and 2 fries is enough to feed the 4 of us for lunch when we are out shopping.

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

To cook frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer is simple as simple can get. You throw the chicken nuggets into the air fryer. Make sure they are not too over crowed and cook.

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YES it really is that simple to turn frozen chicken nuggets into truly crispy air fryer chicken nuggets. Just grab your favourite sauce and enjoy them without the fear of the deep fat fryer calories.

Frozen Chicken Nuggets + Ranch Dipping Sauce

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Frozen chicken nuggets taste even better if you make a quick ranch dipping sauce to dip in. Making your own ranch dipping sauce is so quick that you can make it, have a sit down, all before the air fryer beeps after its 8 minutes!

I make ranch dipping sauce for my frozen chicken nuggets by mixing:

  • Dried dill
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Garlic puree

Just 3 simple ingredients that most families will have in and won’t need to go grocery shopping to source the ingredients.

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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

These air fryer frozen chicken nuggets is not the first time we have cooked chicken nuggets in the air fryer as we just love them so much. Though this is the first time we have done frozen chicken nuggets.

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Flourless Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets = If you want to be healthy then you must try our flourless chicken nuggets.

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Air Fryer Cheese & Onion Nuggets = For the vegetarian how about some cheese and onion nuggets?

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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets
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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Frozen Chicken Nuggets. Let’s put a smile on every kid and big kids face by serving up delicious crispy frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer.
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time8 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 16kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Recipe Ingredients:


  • Place the frozen chicken nuggets into your air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 8 minutes at 180c/360f.
  • Make the ranch sauce. Mix together in a small bowl the Greek yoghurt, dried dill and garlic.
  • Serve warm with your ranch sauce.


You can cook up to 40 frozen chicken nuggets at once in your air fryer. We used our Philips Air Fryer XL for this recipe and here is our Philips Air Fryer XL Review.


Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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5 thoughts on “Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets”

    • Hi Mel,

      Its personal choice. They can be more crispy if you turn them. Just like they can be crispier if you spray with a little olive oil.


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