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Frozen Dino Nuggets in Air Fryer

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Cook Time9 minutes
Total Time12 minutes
Cooking Temperature400 degrees Fahrenheit

The exact cook time can vary. Read below for our tips!

Looking for a tasty little snack or part of dinner that is also great for kids? Frozen dino nuggets in the air fryer are a terrific idea!

Made from chicken, these crispy air fryer dino nuggets are ready in minutes and totally dippable in your favorite sauce!

cooked dino shaped nuggets on white plate with ketchup beside on wooden tray
Frozen dino nuggets in the air fryer – so cute, so crispy!

Recipe Tips

Before you run off to air fry dino nuggets from frozen, quickly read through these recipe tips so that you know what to expect:

  • You don’t need to thaw the dino nuggets before cooking time.
  • There’s usually no need to spray the dino nuggets with extra oil. They will crisp up nicely as is.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer so that the dino nuggets can get nice and crispy.
  • Your cooking time might vary due to the brand of dino nuggets you have, the size, and your air fryer. Just keep an eye on the outside so that they don’t get burnt. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • These dino nuggets are very similar to how you’d cook any basic frozen chicken nugget in the air fryer – if that helps guide your cooking time.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

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Step by Step Instructions

For the instructions for cooking frozen dino nuggets, you can check out the “process photos” in this section.

If you just want to know how long to cook frozen dino chicken nuggets in the air fryer without visuals, you can skip to the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

frozen dino nuggets in black air fryer tray on white counter
Place the frozen dino nuggets into the air fryer.

First, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

When hot, add the frozen dino nuggets to the air fryer in one layer. If you can’t fit 10 nuggets without overcrowding the air fryer, be sure to make less.

cooked dino nuggets in black air fryer tray on counter top
Cook the nuggets until golden brown and crispy.

Air fry the frozen dino nuggets at 400 degrees for 9-10 minutes until fully cooked and crispy on the outside.

Flip the nuggets halfway through the cooking time. Your exact cooking time can vary by brand of dino nuggets and the air fryer you have.

The internal temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

dinosaur shaped nuggets on white plate with ketchup beside
These dino nuggets are ready for dipping!

When done, remove the dino nuggets from the air fryer and let them stand for 1-2 minutes. Then enjoy them with your favorite dipping sauce!

Storage Tips

Cooked dino nuggets are best enjoyed hot and fresh out of the air fryer. However, if you have leftovers, you can store them in a sealed container in the fridge.

They will last for up to two days but we’d recommend eating them sooner rather than later.

To reheat, we’d recommend the air fryer since the microwave can make them less crispy.

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dinosaur shaped nuggets on white plate with ketchup beside

Air Fryer Frozen Dino Nuggets

Air Fryer Dino Nuggets are the cutest snack idea out there! Ready in just minutes, these chicken dinos are sure to please the kids – and the young adults at heart!
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Cook Time: 9 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 8-10 frozen dino nuggets
  • dipping sauce of choice

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When hot, add the frozen dino nuggets to the air fryer in one layer. If you can't fit 10 nuggets without overcrowding the air fryer, be sure to make less.
  • Air fry the frozen dino nuggets at 400 degrees for 9-10 minutes until fully cooked and crispy on the outside. Flip the nuggets halfway through the cooking time. Your exact cooking time can vary by brand of dino nuggets and the air fryer you have. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When done, remove the dino nuggets from the air fryer and let them stand for 1-2 minutes. Then enjoy them with your favorite dipping sauce!

Notes

  • Make sure to bring the internal temperature of the dino nuggets to 165 degrees Fahrenheit before consuming them.

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 305mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
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Lisa is the founder and main creator for Simply Air Fryer. As the author of two successful food blogs, she's usually found measuring ingredients, trying out new combinations, or hiding behind the camera snapping photos of food. She bought her first air fryer over 2 years ago and has since used it over 350+ times. With the help of her trusty sidekick (husband), she's created and tested lots of recipes for Simply Air Fryer.

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