When it comes to kid-approved meals, nothing beats dino nuggets in the air fryer. This recipe is a game-changer for busy parents who need a quick and tasty dinner option. Plus, your kids will love it so much, they might start requesting it all the time!
Making the Best Air Fryer Crispy Dino Nuggets
In this post, I’ll show you how to make the best air fryer crispy dino nuggets, which brands of dino nuggets work well for this recipe, the best sauces to serve with them, and some kid-friendly sides to complete the meal.
If you’re like me, you often find yourself needing a quick and easy meal that your kids will devour. That’s where these dino nuggets come in. Just throw them in the air fryer, and voila! Dinner is served.
How to Cook Dino Chicken Nuggets in the Air Fryer
Cooking dino chicken nuggets in the air fryer is a breeze. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F.
STEP TWO: Place your dinosaur nuggets in the air fryer, leaving space between each one for the hot air to circulate properly.
STEP THREE: Cook for 4-5 minutes.
STEP FOUR: Flip the nuggets and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
What Kinds of Frozen Dino Nuggets Can I Use?
You can use any brand of frozen breaded dino nuggets in the air fryer. Here are a few brands that I’ve tried and loved:
- Perdue Chicken Plus Dino Nuggets
- Tyson Fun Nuggets
- Yummy Dino Buddies
- Fast Fixin Dino Bites
- Weaver Chicken Breast Fun Nuggets
- Kirkwood Dino Nuggets
Feel free to give other brands a try if you find them at your local grocery store!
How Long to Cook Dino Nuggets in the Air Fryer
The cooking time for dino nuggets may vary depending on the brand and size. In most cases, cook the nuggets for 7-9 minutes. Make sure to flip them halfway through to ensure even crispiness on all sides.
Since dino nuggets are pre-cooked, our goal is to heat them thoroughly while achieving the perfect crispiness of the breading. It might take a little bit of experimenting to find your ideal cooking time, but as long as you’re in the 7-9 minute range, you’re good to go!
Sauces to Try with Dino Nuggets
The fun doesn’t stop with just the nuggets! Here are some delicious sauces to dip your dino nuggets in:
- Avocado Lime Crema
- Buffalo Sauce
- Honey Mustard
- Honey Sriracha Sauce
Kid-Friendly Sides to Serve with Air Fryer Dino Nuggets
To complete your meal, here are some kid-friendly sides that pair perfectly with air fryer dino nuggets:
- Air Fried French Fries
- Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks
- Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings
- Easy Homemade Garlic Cheese Bread
- Tater Tots in the Air Fryer
Looking for more meal ideas the whole family will love? Check out my roundup of the best Kid-Friendly Air Fryer Recipes!
Tips to Get Crispy Dino Nuggets in the Air Fryer
To ensure your dino nuggets turn out perfectly crispy, follow these tips:
- No need to grease or preheat your air fryer since the nuggets are already cooked. Just add them straight to the basket.
- Leave space around the nuggets in the basket to allow hot air to flow between them, ensuring maximum crispiness. I was able to fit about 14 nuggets in my basket.
- Flip the nuggets halfway through cooking to ensure they cook evenly.
How to Reheat Air Fryer Dino Nuggets
If you have leftovers or want to enjoy dino nuggets another day, reheating is simple:
- Place the desired amount of nuggets in the air fryer, leaving space for air circulation.
- Cook at 350 degrees F for 2 to 3 minutes until warmed through.
Dino nuggets in the air fryer are a quick and delicious meal that both kids and adults will love. With minimal prep and cooking time, it’s the perfect solution for busy weeknights. So give this recipe a try and get ready for your family to start asking for it all the time!
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