After cooking these Dino buddies in the air fryer you won’t want to prepare them any other way! Yummy air fryer dinosaur chicken nuggets are perfectly crisp on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. They only take 10 minutes to prepare and there’s no thawing or preheating required.
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A delicious and fun switch up from regular chicken nuggets, frozen Dino Buddies chicken nuggets are the ultimate kid-friendly snack or dinner. They appeal to just about everyone and chicken nuggets are simple to make into a meal served with carrot sticks, french fries, or mac and cheese.
We love to keep a bag in the freezer at all times for quick and easy convenient meals. You can use any brand of dino nuggets you like and they are just perfect for when you don’t feel like cooking or you are running short on time. You don’t have to heat up your whole house and this air fryer meal is a great way to get something onto the table quickly with minimal time and effort!
After making these frozen dino nuggets in the air fryer you won’t want to go back to cooking them in the oven or microwave! The air fryer truly is the best cooking method for frozen fried foods. Not only do they taste better, but you’ll love how crispy and golden brown they are with a delicious deep-fried taste and they don’t require any additional oil. And the best part is you won’t end up with burnt, uneven, or soggy chicken nuggets.
How to cook dino buddies in air fryer
Place your Dino nuggets into the air fryer basket, arranging them in a single layer to promote even cooking. Spacing them apart allows the hot air to circulate effectively, making sure each nugget cooks thoroughly and gains a crispy texture.
Set the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and let the nuggets cook. After the first 5 minutes of cooking, gently pull out the basket and give it a careful shake. This step will help nuggets to cook evenly.
Slide the basket back into the air fryer to continue the cooking process. As the nuggets approach the end of the 10-minute cooking period, keep a close watch. You’re aiming for a golden-brown appearance, which means they are perfectly crispy!
When the timer goes off, take the basket out of the air fryer with care. Let the Dino nuggets cool off for a minute or two in the basket. This little wait helps the heat spread out evenly, making the nuggets even tastier and not too hot to touch.
Once they’ve cooled down a bit, your Dino nuggets are all set to eat. Dish them up warm and crunchy, right from the air fryer, for a yummy snack or a tasty addition to your meal!
Don’t stack. Try not to stack or overlap the nuggets in the air fryer basket because it can cause the breading to steam instead of crisping up. Cook nuggets in a single layer with a little bit of space in between each one. Work in batches if you are cooking a large amount of nuggets at one time.
No need to add extra oil. Frozen chicken nuggets already have enough oil in them, adding extra can cause them to be greasy. The nuggets will crisp up perfectly fine without it!
Don’t thaw beforehand. Again you don’t want to breading to get soggy and if you thaw the nuggets first the breading will have a harder time crisping up in the air fryer.
Flip halfway through the cooking time. You might want to flip your nuggets over after about 5 minutes just to ensure they are browning the way you want on both sides.
Check on your food often. For this recipe, I used the Cosori air fryer, but since all air fryers are different it’s a good idea to stay nearby just so they aren’t cooking too fast and burning. This is especially important if your nuggets are larger or smaller than the Dino Buddies brand.
You can serve this Dino Buddies with a wide variety of foods, from frit to more complex sides like cheesy fries. More ideas:
- Carrot or celery sticks
- Broccoli, corn or other steamed veggies with butter
- Fresh fruit
- Mac and cheese
- Mashed potatoes
- Tater tots, french fries, waffle fries, or sweet potato fries
- Cheese sticks
- Onion rings
- Mustard or honey mustard sauce
- Ranch dip
- Regular barbecue sauce or honey barbecue sauce
- Buffalo sauce
- Chick-Fil-A sauce
Frequently asked questions
Both! These frozen Dino Buddies nuggets were flash-fried and then baked.
Yes! They are already cooked through so all you need to do is reheat them until they are hot and crispy to your liking.
This recipe is made using the Dino Buddies brand but you can cook any brand of frozen dinosaur chicken nuggets. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time depending on the size and thickness of your nuggets so they don’t burn or cook unevenly.
You can get Dino Buddies chicken nuggets in most major grocery stores. Check the frozen foods meat aisle. They have many different varieties to choose from so choose your favorite variety for this recipe!
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Hope you will like this Dino Buddies in air fryer recipe as much as we do. Please rate the recipe if you made it and leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions.
- 8 pieces Dino nuggets
- favorite dip
- Add nuggets in to the air fryer.
- Cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Shake once during cooking.
Do not overcrowd the basket.
For extra crispy nuggets add another 3 minutes to a cooking time.
Choose you favorite dipping sauce. We prefer just simple ketchup.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 pieces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200