How to Cook Chicken Nuggets Without a Deep Fryer

Cooking chicken nuggets is a breeze, and there are plenty of reasons why you should do it, but what if you don’t have a deep fryer to cook them in? There’s an incredibly easy solution to make a quick meal anyway. All you need is a frying pan and some vegetable oil, and in less than 10 minutes, you can have a hot, delicious meal on the table.

Plus, chicken nuggets are affordable, readily available at most supermarkets, and they taste great with just about any type of dipping sauce. So what are you waiting for? Start cooking!

How to cook chicken nuggets without a deep fryer

How to cook unfrozen chicken nuggets in a frying pan?

Most people know you need to fry your frozen chicken nuggets, but what do you do if they are not yet frozen? By following these simple:

  1. Pour a thin layer of vegetable oil into the pan (2-3 tablespoons full). Set the pan over medium heat until it’s shimmering and rippling.
  2. Place your uncooked chicken nuggets carefully into the hot oil without splattering yourself with it. Allow plenty of space between each one so that they can cook well.
  3. Cook on both sides for about 5 minutes or until golden brown, turning occasionally with tongs.
  4. Remove from the heat and use a spatula to transfer the chicken nuggets to a paper-towel-lined plate.

How to cook frozen chicken nuggets?

Almost everyone has eaten a chicken nugget at some point in their life. They are convenient and tasty snacks, but not many people know how to cook them properly in a frying pan.

  1. Pour a thin layer of vegetable oil into a pan (2-3 tablespoons full).
  2. Heat over medium heat until oil is shimmering and ripply.
  3. Place your chicken nuggets in the pan carefully and make sure you give them plenty of space so they can cook well. (I turn mine after 2 minutes or until golden brown!)
  4. After they are golden brown we recommend cooking the further in the oven at 356°F for about 5-10 minutes.

How to thaw chicken nuggets?

Thawing chicken nuggets before cooking isn’t that difficult. Place them on a baking tray so the moisture can escape, put them in the fridge and they should be thawed in no time.

Why do we recommend thawing your chicken nuggets before frying them into a pan?

There are a few reasons why you should thaw your frozen chicken nuggets before frying them.

  • One is that it will make the cooking process easier and more successful.
  • Another reason is that you eliminate the risk of hot oil splattering and potentially burning yourself. If you try frying frozen chicken nuggets, it will not go as well as if you first thawed and then fried them.

The reason is that the frozen nuggets have a lot more water in them than the thawed ones. When you place the frozen nuggets in hot oil, this water will melt and boil. When it happens, hot oil will spill over your stovetop and burn you.

How to cook chicken nuggets without a deep fryer

Can you refreeze your chicken nuggets?

Yes, you can refreeze your chicken nuggets. The problem with these pre-cooked nuggets is that they come out dry when you reheat them. but if you want to cook them again afterward make sure to just cook them in the oven at 356°F for about 5-10 minutes.

Can you cook chicken nuggets in the oven?

If you don’t have a deep fryer, or if you just don’t feel like frying your chicken nuggets, there’s another option that still results in a crispy, delicious meal.

Cooking them in the oven is simple and straightforward to do, and all you need is a baking sheet and some vegetable oil. Just place them on a sheet pan with some vegetable oil and bake in a preheated oven at 400F for 20 minutes.


So, whether you’re cooking frozen or unfrozen chicken nuggets, these simple tips will help ensure that they come out crispy and delicious. With a little practice, you’ll be able to make perfect chicken nuggets every time – no matter what stage of thawing they are in!

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