Dino nuggets air fryer style are a healthier alternative for fast food and they are perfect for picky eaters! They are a quick and easy meal for a family on the go.
Air fryer chicken nuggets are a quick snack or delicious meal for all ages! Your kids will love them and you will love how healthy they are. Air fryer chicken nuggets are the perfect meal for busy weeknights when you are on the always on the go.
Air fryers are all the rage in the cooking world right now. It seems that there are tons of easy air fryer recipes everywhere! I particularly love how short the cooking time is and how it is a healthier alternative to a deep fryer.
There are so many fun recipes to try with an air fryer. I came up with an Air Fryer Ravioli recipe and it is such a yummy recipe. Another favorite are my Easy Air Fryer Sausage Patties in 7 minutes and our .
My kids (and my husband and I, honestly) love dinosaur nuggets. They are easy to make, super yummy, and are a cool dinosaur shape. You can also use your favorite dipping sauce (I personally like bbq sauce), which is great for picky eaters.
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I prefer to air fry dino nuggets because there is less of a mess, unlike using a baking sheet in the oven. All you have to use is the air fryer basket. This easy recipe is a great way to save you from all of the clean up time!
Personally, I love the gluten-free dino nuggets because they are an easy and quick lunch for the kiddos and me. I also love my Frozen Chicken Tenders in Air Fryer recipe for a quick meal or for when I am in a pinch.
What you need to make this
When it comes to dino nuggets, you can pick if you want gluten-free or regular chicken nuggets. It does not make a difference in the air fryer or for this recipe. Tyson chicken nuggets are usually the most popular.
Gluten-free dino nuggets
I always use gluten-free nuggets as I cannot eat gluten, but this recipe works for all types of crispy chicken nuggets.
There are many options when it comes to gluten-free dino nuggets. Tyson dino nuggets are a great gluten-free option, as they are made with rice flour breading and white meat chicken. Yummy Dino Buddies also offers gluten-free nuggets.
Regular dino nuggets
Tyson Chicken and Yummy Dino Buddies also offer regular dino chicken nuggets. You can find them at a variety of grocery stores.
Do you need to use oil?
You do not need oil for this recipe! Air fryers cook exactly how it sounds–with air. The cooking process of an air fryer is the hot air fries the dino nuggets with air instead of deep frying with oil, which makes it a healthier option.
If you find that the dino nuggets stick to the air fryer basket, you can spray the tray with some olive oil or cooking spray, but it is not necessary. You can also use parchment paper to keep the air fryer dino nuggets from sticking to the basket.
How do you cook dino nuggets in the air fryer?
Before cooking you will need to preheat the air fryer, which does not take too much time. The heating time usually takes about 3-5 minutes.
Place the parchment paper down or spray the air fryer tray with cooking spray, if desired.
Then, you will place the chicken nuggets in the air fryer tray. Be sure that there is a single layer of dino nuggets.
Cook for 14 minutes at 400 degrees. Make sure the internal temperature is 165 degrees. You can use a meat thermometer to check.
Pick out your favorite dipping sauce and you are good to go. If you want, you can serve them with french fries, sweet potato fries, or any side you prefer.
How long do you cook frozen nuggets in the air fryer?
It only takes 14 minutes at 400 degrees to cook frozen nuggets in the air fryer. Make sure there is a single layer of dino nuggets so they can cook evenly.
Top Tip: If you find the frozen nuggets are not cooked all of the way, you can put them back in the air fryer for a few more minutes.
How do you reheat leftovers?
One of the great things about an air fryer is how well you can reheat leftovers.
To reheat the dino nuggets, cook them at 350 degrees for about 3-5 minutes or until thoroughly hot. Reheating them in the air fryer will make them crispier than reheating in the microwave.
Another yummy recipe that is super good reheated is my Easy Frozen Egg Rolls in Air Fryer recipe.
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Dino Nuggets Air Fryer Recipe
- 12 frozen dino nuggets (we use gluten-free)
- Place 12 frozen Dino nuggets into the air fryer basket in a single layer
- Cook at 400 degrees for 14 minutes or until cooked through and crispy, turn once throughout cooking if you'd like
- Remove and enjoy!