Air fryer dino nuggets are one of my favorite quick and easy snacks for my picky eaters in the house. Not only are these done in less than 10 minutes, but I never have to worry about any leftovers.
Why I Love Them
Dinosaur nuggets are one of my kid's favorites. These yummy dino nuggets were one of the very first finger foods my little ones enjoyed. They love the fun shapes of dinosaurs over regular chicken nuggets. Serve them on their own or with your favorite vegetables.
I love using the air fryer for quick and easy snacks. Dino chicken nuggets are so quick and easy. These are perfect for a quick snack or easy meal on busy weeknights.
In fact, you don't even have to preheat for these frozen dino nuggets.
There are a few different brands you can choose from when it comes to dinosaur nuggets. I've used both the Yummy, Perdue, and Tyson dino nuggets. They are all delicious and the kids honestly love them all.
If you like making things from frozen, you might also like this great list of frozen foods to make in the Air Fryer. A few of my favorites include hash browns in the air fryer, chicken nuggets, air fryer tater tots, and air fryer corn dogs.
Head down to the bottom of this post and print out the full recipe card with our favorite tips, tricks, storage, and serving ideas.
When making frozen foods such as chicken nuggets, it's best to keep them in a single layer and allow the hot air to circulate so as to evenly cook the nuggets. This will give the nuggets that perfect crispiness and juicy flavor. Air frying is faster than the oven and healthier than deep frying.
How do I prepare the basket?
If using a basket air fryer, I typically don't have to coat my Cosori with anything because of the nonstick coating. However, if you need to use something to prevent sticking, you can use an olive oil cooking spray or even a place a piece of parchment paper under the nuggets for easy clean up.
- Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets. You'll find several different brands such as Tyson, Perdue, and Yummy in the freezer section of your local grocery stores.
How to Make Dino Nuggets in the Air Fryer
Place the dinosaur nuggets into a single layer in the prepared air fryer basket.
Air fry dino nuggets at 400 degrees Fahrenheit/200 degrees Celcius for 8-10 minutes.
Flip the frozen nuggets halfway through the cooking process. Add an extra minute for extra crispy nuggets.
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Storage and Reheating
- storing leftovers. when your eyeballs are bigger than your belly and you have leftover dino nuggets, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- reheating. to reheat refrigerated dino nuggets, place them in a single layer in the air fryer and cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 minutes, or until heated through.
I love to serve these yummy dino buddies with carrots and celery. If your little ones aren't a fan of those veggies, you can also serve them with french fries or even sweet potato fries, waffle fries, or mac and cheese to make a complete meal.
Serve these chicken nuggets with fry sauce, ketchup, bbq sauce, honey mustard sauce, Ranch dipping sauce, or buffalo sauce if you like a little spice.
Frozen foods will have added artificial ingredients. If you're looking for a healthier option with real chicken, you'll need a boneless skinless chicken breast, flour, panko breadcrumbs, favorite seasonings, and eggs. Cut the chicken into small pieces, dredge in flour, then eggs, then seasoned panko. Air fry chicken nuggets at 400 degrees F /200 degrees C for 8 minutes, flipping halfway through. Optional: You can make larger pieces of cut chicken and use a cookie cutter to make the dinosaur shapes.
This is such an easy recipe and it takes less time than a conventional oven. Not only that, but using the air fryer is a great way to get a snack or easy recipe like these air fryer chicken nuggets on the table fast. I personally think air frying is the best way to make chicken nuggets and a great option for putting something on the table fast.
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Air Fryer Dino Nuggets
- 1 Air Fryer
- 16 Chicken nuggets dinosaur shaped, frozen
- Place the dinosaur nuggets into a single layer in the prepared air fryer basket.
- Air fry dino nuggets at 400 degrees Fahrenheit/200 degrees Celcius for 8-10 minutes.
- Flip the frozen nuggets halfway through the cooking process. Add an extra minute for extra crispy nuggets.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
*Nutritional information is a calculated guesstimate. Please note that this can change with different brands and modifications you may make to the recipe. For the most accurate information, use a nutritional calculator with the exact brands and measurements you're using with each recipe.