These Aldi chicken nuggets turn out juicy and tender with crispy breading in the air fryer. Frozen chicken nuggets are best cooked in this amazing kitchen device!
One of our favorite ways to cook frozen foods is in the air fryer and these breaded nuggets don’t disappoint.
This recipe post contains helpful tips, tricks and answers to FAQs. Please read through to ensure you get the recipe right when you try it.
Can you air fry Aldi chicken nuggets?
Yes, We make frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer quite a bit and these Aldi chicken nuggets are no different. We buy these and Aldi red bag chicken for when we want something super fast and hassle free for dinner.
Sometimes make a chicken nuggets and fries dinner, chicken nuggets casserole or just serve these with a side of veggies or a simple salad or coleslaw.
Which ever way you choose to enjoy Kirkwood fully cooked chicken breast nuggets you will find that it’s super convenient to include in your meal rotation especially for busy week nights.
Talking about easy chicken dinner ideas, consider making these crispy air fryer frozen chicken patties and build a delicious crispy chicken burger with it.
Why you’ll love this!
Budget friendly: ALDI is known for its affordable prices, and their chicken nuggets are often praised for being a good value for the money.
Convenience: Aldi chicken nuggets are easy to prepare since they are fully cooked already then frozen. They can be heated up in microwave, oven or air fryer making them a convenient option for busy individuals or families.
Texture: The crispy coating and tender chicken inside make for a satisfying texture and flavor combination.
What you’ll need
Aldi chicken nuggets (Kirkwood brand)
Dipping sauce of choice
Quick Tip! You can cook any brand of chicken nuggets the same way. So if you love Perdue, Tyson or even store brands the air fryer is your best friend.
How to cook Aldi chicken nuggets
See printable recipe card at the end of this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions!
There are a variety of ways to cook Aldi chicken nuggets. Air fryer, oven, microwave
In the Air fryer
Remove from the package and arrange frozen chicken nuggets in the air fryer basket.
Set temperature to 400°F (200°C) and air fry for 8 to 10 mins flipping half way through cooking time to ensure even cooking.
Let nuggets stand for a minute in the air fryer before serving
In the oven
Preheat oven at 425°F. While the oven is preheating, arrange chicken nuggets on a baking sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven for 11 to 13 mins or until heated through
In the microwave
Microwave 5 nuggets for 1 ½ to 2 mins. Let it stand for a minute before serving.
What to serve with air fryer frozen nuggets
Frozen chicken nuggets are versatile. They can be enjoyed as a standalone snack, paired with sauces, or used as an ingredient in various recipes like wraps, salads, burgers or casseroles.
One of our favorite ways to enjoy these besides using ketchup, bbq sauce or fry sauce is to make chicken nuggets and fries with Aldi chicken or Tyson air fried chicken nuggets.
It’s a super easy way to bring fast food restaurant style meals home. Some of our other favorites are these air fryer rainbow carrots, air fryer sliced potatoes, air fryer roasted potatoes and air fryer mushrooms and onions.
How to store and Reheat
As always with frozen foods I always recommend you cook the quantity you need at a time to avoid having leftovers. However if you do have leftovers, let it cool completely before storing in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
To reheat, transfer to the air fryer basket and air fry at 350°F (180°C) for 2 to 4 mins or until heated through (this will also depend on the quantity you are reheating so use your discretion and add more time as needed)
- No need to preheat the air fryer
- Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket, cook in batches if needed.
- To ensure even browning, flip the chicken nuggets halfway through the cooking time. This will help both sides crisp up nicely.
- Ensure nuggets are warmed through before serving, it should reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). You can use a meat thermometer to confirm.
- Remember, cooking times may vary depending on the specific brand and model of your air fryer, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on them while they cook for the best results.
Aldi chicken nuggets in the air fryer?
I find that unlike some other brands of chicken nuggets like Perdue and Tyson chicken nuggets bought in Costco, the Aldi chicken nuggets cook in less time, usually 8 to 10 mins when compared to the 10 to 12 mins it takes the aforementioned brands.
Like always use your discretion when cooking these. Add more time as needed.
Yes, flipping chicken nuggets in the air fryer helps ensure even browning on both sides.
Nuggets can become soggy in the air fryer if they are overcrowded or if the air fryer temperature is too low. Ensure you’re following the recommended cooking instructions and avoid overcrowding the basket.
No, Kirkwood is not owned by Tyson. Kirkwood is a brand exclusively sold at ALDI grocery stores. However Aldi chicken products are made by Tyson foods for Aldi.
Kirkwood dinosaur nuggets are owned by ALDI. Kirkwood is ALDI’s private label brand for various food products, including their popular dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets
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Aldi Chicken nuggets in air fryer
- 16 Pieces Aldi chicken nuggets
- ½ cup dipping sauce of choice (ketchup, bbq sauce)
- Place frozen chicken nuggets in air fryer basket or rack in a single layer
- Set temperature to 400°F / 200°C and air fry for 8 to 10 mins or until warmed through.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
- No need to preheat the air fryer.
- Do not overcrowd the basket
- Flip nuggets half way through cooking time.
- If you cook at a lower temperature than 400°F / 200°C it will take up to 10mins to cook.