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How to Make Air Fryer Dino Nuggets

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The trick to dino nuggets in air fryer? The right temperature and the right time! That’s it. Serve these air fryer dino nuggets with air fryer broccoli or haricot verts for a simple dinner at home or with some raw veggies and Greek yogurt veggie dip and fruit as part of a packed school lunch.

If you love air fryer recipes, be sure to try my air fryer tilapia, air fryer crispy pork tenderloin cutlets, air fryer bone-in chicken breast, and easy air fryer buffalo cauliflower bites next.

Dino nuggets in air fryer

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

Box of dino buddies chicken nuggets

Can You Air Fry Dino Nuggets?

Yes, you can air fry dino nuggets and they cook in less than 10 minutes, without having to preheat the oven!

What You’ll Love About Dino Nuggets in the Air Fryer

  • Ready in 10 minutes
  • No need to preheat oven
  • Protein-rich option for meals
  • Incredibly easy + simple
  • Crunchy + golden brown

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How to Cook Dino Nuggets in Air Fryer

It’s quick and easy to make frozen dino nuggets in the air fryer! Simply preheat the air fryer, add your dino nuggets to the air fryer basket in a single layer, and cook!

You can flip them over half way through cooking, but I didn’t think it was necessary.

Cook the frozen nuggets in batches if you need to so that you don’t over-crowd the air fryer.

What temp do you air fry dino nuggets?

Cook the dino nuggets at 380 degrees F.

How long to cook dino nuggets in air fryer?

Depending on how done you or your kids like their nuggets, a cooking time of 7-9 minutes is lightly golden brown and hot throughout. The dino nuggets air fryer time will vary slightly based on your air fryer and how done you want them.

Do I need to add oil to cook them?

No, while you can certainly spray the chicken nuggets with oil spray or cooking spray, they have a crunchy texture without it, so I didn’t find it necessary.

How to cook dino nuggets in air fryer

Frequently Asked Questions

What are dino nuggets made of?

Wondering what ingredients are in dino nuggets?

Here are the ingredients in Yummy Dino Buddies:

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast With Rib Meat, Water, Wheat Flour, Yellow Corn Flour. Contains 2% Or Less Of The Following: Flaxseed Meal, Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Yeast, Extractive Of Paprika (Color), Canola Oil, Distilled Vinegar, Malted Barley Flour, Corn Starch, Guar Gum, Isolated Soy Protein, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate).

How many calories are in dino nuggets?

Each serving of dino nuggets (4) have 170 calories, 9 grams fat, 13 grams carbohydrates, and 9 grams protein.

It’s a great base/protein/main component for a meal.

Are regular chicken nuggets gluten-free?

Most chicken nuggets are not gluten-free as they contain wheat flour.

You can certainly find gluten-free nuggets, but make sure they are labeled certified gluten-free.

Are dino nuggets precooked?

Yes, dino nuggets are precooked and are already fully cooked. They just need to be heated.

Are dino nuggets healthy?

Depends on what your definition of healthy is! I think they are a great way to add a protein boost to lunches or meals, they are easy-to-make, and they don’t cost a ton of money.

You definitely shouldn’t feel bad or guilty for serving them, they taste good and sometimes that’s even more important than nutrition. 🙂

Frozen chicken nuggets in air fryer basket

Storage Instructions

Store any leftover dino fun nuggets in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

How to reheat

Reheat the nuggets in the air fryer or oven, just until hot or they’ll get too crispy!

How to Serve Dino Chicken Nuggets to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉

If your kids are unsure about chicken nuggets, serve them with their favorite dipping sauce like ketchup, honey, bbq sauce, or ranch dressing.

All of my articles on feeding kids can be found here and if you want a FULL list of all of the videos I have with hacks, tips, scripts, and ideas for feeding kids, check out my instagram or tiktok page.

Air fryer dino nuggets with bbq sauce

What to Serve with Air Fryer Dino Nuggets

If you’re serving these dinosaur nuggets as a breakfast or lunch, serve it with some sides (a vegetable, a fruit, and something fun):

Air fryer nuggets in lunchbox

More Easy Lunchbox Ideas

If you are looking for more lunchbox ideas, you can also grab my list of 100+ lunchbox component ideas or find all of my lunchbox ideas here. Here are a few to try!

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You’ll save time, save money, waste less food, and feel calm when 5pm hits because your dinner is already planned.

Helpful Tools to Make Dino Nuggets in Air Fryer

  • Air Fryer – You can’t make air fryer dino nuggets without an air fryer. This is one of the original models, but I’ve used and loved it for years.
  • Insulated Thermos – If you’re packing these in lunchboxes, simply put the hot dino nuggets into the thermos to keep them warm.
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How to Make Air Fryer Dino Nuggets

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Dino nuggets in air fryer? YES! These air fryer dino nuggets are ready to eat in 10 min and make a great protein option for meals. 


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  1. Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F. 
  2. Place dino nuggets in air fryer basket and cook at 380 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown and hot throughout. 
  3. Serve dino nuggets with dipping sauce. 


  • Don’t crowd air fryer basket, place dino nuggets in a single layer in the air fryer basket. 

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