Preheat the air fryer by running it at 390°F (200°C) for 5 minutes.
Brush the frozen chili cheese nuggets with oil, then spread them out in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
8 frozen chili cheese nuggets, ½ teaspoon vegetable oil
Air fry at 390°F (200°C) for 5 minutes, shaking them around once halfway.
Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce!
This recipe for chili cheese nuggets in air fryer was created in a Philips HD9252/90 Air Fryer*. Cooking time can vary with your air fryer model.
Ingredient notes & substitutions
Frozen chili cheese nuggets can be store bought or homemade
Vegetable oil can be skipped, but helps give the nuggets a nice color
Tips & tricks
Preheat the air fryer for best results
Don't defrost the chili cheese nuggets, cook them straight from frozen
Cook chili cheese nuggets in one layer for an even cook. If making many, cook them in batches.
Shake the chili cheese nuggets around halfway for an even cook
Cook time can vary with different air fryers
Don't overcook them to avoid the cheese leaking out
Store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days - but I recommend not air frying more than you will finish
How do you keep cheese from leaking out in the air fryer?
Chili cheese nuggets and other breaded cheeses are prone to exploding or starting to leak cheese, any way you cook them. There are two main ways to avoid this:1. Thicker breading, which helps keep the cheese inside2. Not overcooking them, since it's the too-hot cheese that makes them explodeThis recipe has been tested with mozzarella sticks with a very thin breading, so the times recommended here should help avoid exploding mozzarella sticks.However, all air fryers are different, so if you're worried about them exploding, try air frying just one of them first to determine the optimal time for your air fryer.