Frozen Chicken Fries in the Air Fryer: Crispy and Delicious!

One of my favorite fast food indulgences are chicken fries. They’re somehow even better than nuggets! Instead of heading for the drive thru, though, now I can head to my freezer instead. These frozen chicken fries in the air fryer deliver delicious, perfectly crispy results!

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Why You Need This Recipe

Ditch the Burger King and the deep frying and opt for frozen chicken fries in the air fryer instead. In just about 10 minutes, you’ll have hot, crispy, and tasty chicken fries!

That’s perfect for quick weekday meals. I’ve enjoyed them for both lunch and dinner, especially when paired with some sides. They also make fun, dippable options for entertaining! Chicken fries are adult and kid friendly so they’re always a great option.

holding up a split in half air fried chicken fry

I keep a stash of dipping sauce cups on hand as well, so I never feel like I’m missing out. So, quicker, easier, no leaving the house, better for you, and just as delicious? I’ll take it!

What You Need: Ingredients

frozen chicken fries next to packaging
  • Frozen chicken fries, any brand
  • Dipping sauces (optional)

Ingredient Notes and Tips

  • Any brand of frozen chicken fries is fine, and many have regular or spicy options! I have Aldi frozen chicken fries (Kirkwood), but other popular options include Tyson (any’tizers), Schwan’s, Kroger, or Morningstar Farms Chik’N fries as a vegetarian alternative
  • Chicken fries are tasty on their own, but are great with any chicken nugget dipping sauce. I like buttermilk ranch or honey mustard, but other popular options include honey, sweet and sour, barbecue sauce, buffalo ranch, secret sauce, or sriracha sauce

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Fries in Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 390°F (or the closest setting your specific air fryer has). Spray the basket with nonstick spray if it doesn’t have a nonstick coating
  2. Remove frozen chicken fries from all packaging and place into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer
place frozen chicken fries in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 8 minutes at 390°F, pausing halfway through to shake the basket
  2. Chicken fries are done when the exterior is lightly browned and crispy, and the interior temperature reaches 165°F. Add additional time (generally no more than 2-3 minutes) if needed to achieve this
  3. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces and sides!
overhead view of air fryer chicken fries on a plate

What to Serve With Chicken Fries

  • French fries
  • Onion rings
  • Coleslaw
  • Biscuits
  • Mac and cheese
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Potato salad
  • Hush puppies
  • Fried okra
  • Collard greens
  • Green beans
  • Corn casserole
  • Squash casserole
  • Creamed corn
  • Succotash

There are so many great sides to serve with chicken fries, and this list is by no way exhaustive of all your options. Anything that might go with fried chicken or a chicken sandwich would be an excellent choice!

Try frozen chicken fries in the air fryer with my easy recipes for Air Fryer Corn Casserole, creamy Air Fryer Squash Casserole, quick Frozen Hush Puppies in the Air Fryer, easy Air Fryer Potato Salad, or some Birds Eye Crispy Green Beans in the Air Fryer.

Recipe FAQs

How Long to Cook Frozen Chicken Fries in Air Fryer?

Typically, you cook frozen chicken fries in an air fryer for 8-10 minutes. The time will vary slightly based on the brand of chicken fries, as well as your specific air fryer.

Just make sure to cook them to 165°F internal temperature and they should be perfect.

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Fries in the Oven?

To cook frozen chicken fries in the oven, place them on a sheet pan in a single layer. Cook at 425°F for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

This method will also deliver a crispy chicken fry, but the conventional oven does take longer than the air fryer to preheat.

Can You Reheat Chicken Fries in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can reheat chicken fries in the air fryer. Cook on the air fry setting for 3-4 minutes at 380°F, or until warmed through.

This method works for leftover fast food chicken fries, as well as previously cooked frozen chicken fries. Homemade chicken fries may also work, but the time will vary based on the size as there’s more variation.

What Sauces Do You Dip Chicken Fries In?

• Honey mustard
• Ketchup
• Honey
• Hot honey
• Buffalo sauce
• Buffalo ranch
• Buttermilk ranch
• Secret sauce
• Sriracha sauce
• Sweet and sour
• Barbecue sauce
• Garlic sauce
• Comeback sauce
• Bang bang sauce
• Chicken dipping sauce

Recipe Pro Tips

  • There is no need to add any oil to the chicken fries, as they’ll already have some in the frozen breading
  • My frozen chicken fries were perfect after 8 minutes in a Ninja air fryer, verified via instant read thermometer. Other air fryers may vary slightly
air fryer chicken fries stacked open on a plate and cut in half

Storage and Reheating

  • Store leftover chicken fries in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Do not refreeze once they have been cooked
  • Reheat chicken fries in the air fryer for 3-4 minutes at 380°F, or until heated to 165°F internally again

More Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Recipes to Try

Final Thoughts

These frozen chicken fries in the air fryer are a quick and easy way to enjoy your fast food favorites without leaving home! They cook up in only 10 minutes, so it’s nearly as fast as the drive thru too!

You can feel better about these than their fast food counterparts as well. You can skip the deep frying, and the Aldi frozen chicken fries in particular are even available in a whole grain breading (you won’t even notice)!

Whether you’re making a quick lunch, or putting them out for a game day or party spread, these crowd pleasing chicken fries are sure to be a hit.

If you’re looking for nuggets instead of fries, make sure to check out my guide for Trader Joe’s Chicken Nuggets in the Air Fryer.

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Frozen Chicken Fries in the Air Fryer (Aldi)

Frozen chicken fries in the air fryer are an easy way to make a fast food favorite at home. They’re a great light meal or appetizer, and ready in under 10 minutes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 180 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Serving frozen chicken fries, any brand (approximately 4 fries)
  • Chicken dipping sauces (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 390°F (or the closest setting your specific air fryer has). Spray the basket with nonstick spray if it doesn’t have a nonstick coating
  • Remove frozen chicken fries from all packaging and place into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer
    1 Serving frozen chicken fries, any brand
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 8 minutes at 390°F, pausing halfway through to shake the basket
  • Chicken fries are done when the exterior is lightly browned and crispy, and the interior temperature reaches 165°F. Add additional time (generally no more than 2-3 minutes) if needed to achieve this
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauces and sides!
    Chicken dipping sauces

Notes

  • Any brand of frozen chicken fries is fine, and many have regular or spicy options! I have Aldi frozen chicken fries (Kirkwood), but other popular options include Tyson (any’tizers), Schwan’s, Kroger, or Morningstar Farms Chik’N fries as a vegetarian alternative
  • Chicken fries are tasty on their own, but are great with any chicken nugget dipping sauce. I like buttermilk ranch or honey mustard, but other popular options include honey, sweet and sour, barbecue sauce, buffalo ranch, secret sauce, or sriracha sauce
  • You can cook as many servings at a time as you like, so long as they fit in a single layer in your air fryer basket
  • There is no need to add any oil to the chicken fries, as they’ll already have some in the frozen breading
  • My frozen chicken fries were perfect after 8 minutes in a Ninja air fryer, verified via instant read thermometer. Other air fryers may vary slightly
  • Store leftover chicken fries in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Do not refreeze once they have been cooked
  • Reheat chicken fries in the air fryer for 3-4 minutes at 380°F, or until heated to 165°F internally again
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any sauces or sides added, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 78gCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 10gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.4gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 270mgPotassium: 160mgFiber: 1gCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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