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HOW TO COOK FROZEN CHICKEN NUGGETS

Crunchy, tasty, FAST and delicious! We will review EVERY WAY to make PERFECT CRUNCHY Frozen Chicken Nuggets in How To Cook Frozen Chicken Nuggets!

White plate holding a pile of chicken nuggets

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  • Fast
  • Easy
  • Uses ingredients you already have at home
  • Gives you ALL THE SECRETS to perfect Crunchy Frozen Chicken Nuggets Every Single Time!

HERE’S HOW IT IS DONE

STEP 1.

Spread the frozen chicken nuggets out on a baking sheet.

two hands spreading chicken nuggets onto a baking sheet

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Nuggets

STEP 2. .

Coat well with vegetable oil and spices

Pouring vegetable oil onto the frozen chicken nuggets

How to Make Crispy Chicken Nuggets

STEP 3.

Bake for 25 minutes and ENJOY!

Two hands mixing oil and spices onto the frozen chicken nuggets

How to make crispy chicken nuggets

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S)

How Long Do You Cook Frozen Chicken Nuggets in the Oven?

25 Minutes in a 375 degree oven. To make your chicken nuggets crispy and delicious, follow the recipe below.

How Long Do You Cook Frozen Chicken Nuggets in the Microwave

  1. Arrange the frozen chicken nuggets so that they are spread out as far as possible on a microwave safe plate and vary the cooking time according to this chart:
    1. 5 nuggets – 1-2 minutes.
    2. 10 nuggets – 2-3 minutes
    3. 15 nuggets – 3- 3.5 minutes.
  2. After the time stated, check the nuggets and if more heating is required, heat in 45 second intervals until hot.

PRO TIP:  If you want crispy nuggets, consider making your chicken nuggets in the oven or in the toaster oven using the recipe at the end of this post.

How To Cook Frozen Chicken Nuggets in a Pan

Using a heavy frying pan ( prefer cast iron)

  1. Pour a thin layer of vegetable oil in pan (2-3 tablespoons full).
  2. Heat over medium heat until oil is shimmering and ripply.
  3. Place chicken nuggets carefully in the pan (don’t spatter yourself) and allow plenty of space between them so that they can cook well. Do NOT overcrowd. 8 per standard skillet is about right.
  4. Cook for 2 minutes on side one until golden brown, turn and cook for 2 minutes on the other side until golden brown.
  5. Remove to paper towel covered plate to drain.

How To Cook Frozen Chicken Nuggets on the Stove Top?

You’ll want to cook your chicken nuggets in a skillet by following the directions above.

How To Cook Frozen Chicken Nuggets in an Air Fryer?

Space the chicken nuggets out in the basket, you may want to give them a spritz of cooking spray. Cook at 400 degrees for 12 minutes.

Close up of chicken nugget surface sitting on white plateHow To Make Frozen Chicken Nuggets Better?

The real secret to making frozen chicken nuggets taste better is to coat with a thin coat of oil and seasoning and salt. See the instruction box below.

Do I Need To Thaw Chicken Nuggets Before Cooking Them?

You do NOT need to thaw chicken nuggets before cooking them. All of these instructions are written for you to use the frozen chicken nugget like it comes right out of the bag or box. 

Are Frozen Chicken Nuggets PreCooked?

People often ask if frozen chicken nuggets are precooked.  The problem? Some are and some are not. You should assume that yours are NOT cooked and cook them thoroughly before eating.

You can check the package and see if it says “precooked” or not.

Can You Fry Frozen Chicken Nuggets from Frozen?

Yes, Absolutely!  Simply follow the instructions below for how to make them crispy and tasty in the oven or follow the directions above for how to do this on the stovetop.

How Do I Make Frozen Chicken Nuggets Crispy?

The secret to crispy frozen chicken nuggets is  to coat them well with a thin coat of oil and then bake. The recipe below has all the instructions for perfect chicken nuggets.

Can I Refreeze Frozen Chicken Nuggets?

  • If you have already cooked your frozen chicken nuggets, then yes, you can refreeze them. The problem is that because they have already been cooked, they will be dry when you thaw and cook them again.
  • If your chicken nuggets have not been cooked and have thawed while sitting out on the counter, do not refreeze them until you can cook them first.
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Easy Fast Chicken Nuggets

Tips & Tricks for Perfect Crispy Frozen Chicken Nuggets

  • Always spread the chicken nuggets out so that they heat can circulate well around the chicken nugget. If they are too close together, then they will simply steam and they will not be crispy.
  • Apply a thin coat of oil to each chicken nugget as well as a few spices and salt and pepper. This will result in a crispy and tasty crunch for your chicken nugget.
  • It DOES matter what kind of oil you use. Use vegetable oil.
  • Buy the best quality chicken nuggets you can afford, these will always taste the best.
  • A shiny and nice quality pan makes the nicest browning surface for your chicken nuggets. You can achieve the shiny surface by using the shiny side of aluminum foil. This makes clean up a cinch as well!

PRO TIP:  Serve with a selection of sauces for the most fun and taste! Try ketchup, yum yum sauce and honey mustard!

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White plate holding a pile of chicken nuggets

How To Cook Frozen Chicken Nuggets

FAST, EASY Recipe for Crunchy Homemade Frozen Chicken Nuggets
5 from 3 votes
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: frozen chicken nuggets
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 904kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 10 Chicken Nuggets frozen
  • 3 Tbs Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Pour the frozen chicken nuggets out onto a baking sheet.
  • Pour the vegetable oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper onto the baking sheet.
  • Using your hands, tumble and mix the chicken nuggets, oil and spices until well coated.
  • Spread the chicken nuggets out as far as possible from each other on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden crispy brown.
  • Serve hot with selection of dips and sauces.

Notes

  • Always spread the chicken nuggets out so that they heat can circulate well around the chicken nugget.  If they are too close together, then they will simply steam and they will not be crispy.
  • Apply a thin coat of oil to each chicken nugget as well as a few spices and salt and pepper. This will result in a crispy and tasty crunch for your chicken nugget.
  • Buy the best quality chicken nuggets you can afford, these will always taste the best.
  • A shiny and nice quality pan makes the nicest browning surface for your chicken nuggets.  You can achieve the shiny surface by using the shiny side of aluminum foil. This makes clean up a cinch as well!
PRO TIP:  Serve with a selection of sauces for the most fun and taste!  Try ketchup, yum yum sauce and honey mustard!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How To Cook Frozen Chicken Nuggets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 904 Calories from Fat 639
% Daily Value*
Fat 71g109%
Saturated Fat 31g155%
Cholesterol 251mg84%
Sodium 1399mg58%
Potassium 650mg19%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 63g126%
Vitamin A 465IU9%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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A VERSE TO SHARE

How difficult it is to love one another sometimes, right? Someone is rude, hateful, spiteful or backstabbing. It’s easy to be angry and think, “I’ll never have anything else to do with them”.

However, Jesus tells us to love others as He has loved us. I’m pretty sure that WE (as a people) were much worse to Jesus than just being rude, hateful, spiteful and backstabbers.

Think on that for a little.

John 15:12

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you

 

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Katie

Monday 14th of September 2020

If all I have is olive oil do I need to adjust the temp or time?

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

No, for this application, olive oil will work just like vegetable oil. It does have a flavor though so it will add that olive oil flavor to your nuggets.

Jamie

Saturday 6th of June 2020

Great advice, tried these steps and worked well.

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 6th of June 2020

Hi Jamie! Thanks so much for coming back and leaving a comment! I appreciate it so much and I'm tickled that you found what you were looking for!

Eileen Hightower

Friday 12th of July 2019

Tried the chicken nugget recipe tonight. Huge, Huge compliments on this recipe from my husband. He loved them. I bought Walmart's Great Value brand and they were absolutely delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe!

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 13th of July 2019

Thanks for letting me know Eileen! I appreciate it! Have a wonderful weekend!

Eileen Hightower

Friday 12th of July 2019

I'm going to try this. I was looking for a different take on chicken recipes and now I have found it. I believe I will bake them for a crispier nugget. My husband loves to dip them in Ranch Style Dressing.

Thanks for all the tips at the end of the recipe and answering all of the questions I had regarding preparation and freezing. Sometimes I have to have a meal prepared quickly before an event, but I do like to make the meals very tasty.

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 13th of July 2019

Hi Eileen! Thanks for letting me know! I hope ya'll really enjoy it!

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 10th of July 2019

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