These frozen chicken fries in the air fryer are so delish! Everybody loves fried chicken. Everybody loves fries. I'm pretty sure you are going to love snackin' on these chicken fries as well!
WHAT ARE CHICKEN FRIES?
Chicken fries are basically chicken meat cut up into strips that form the shape of french fries. I don't know who the genius behind this brilliant idea is, but what I do know is that back in 2005 the famous fast-food chain, Burger King, launched “Chicken Fries”.
However, these were discontinued in 2012. A lot of people liked these better than chicken nuggets because it was easier to dip in sauces. Years after discontinuing, fans of chicken fries started posting on social media – Twitter and Facebook pages. The Burger King Chicken Fries were so good that a die-hard fan even submitted a petition to President Barrack Obama at that time. It stated that bringing back chicken fries should be made a national priority.
This then caught the company's attention and they decided that they were going to bring back chicken fries to their menu. Burger King brought this back but sadly not permanently. This was available for a limited time only – 12 weeks or just until supplies last.
The good thing about this is that you can buy frozen chicken fries from the grocery. An example would be Tyson Any'tizers Chicken Fries which comes in 1.75 lb packs. Another brand is Earth's Best Organic Frozen Chicken Fries which is said to be good for kids. These brands can be found at either Walmart or Target.
If ever you don't like frozen chicken fries, you can always make them at home. There are a lot of great recipes for chicken fries. Cooking frozen chicken fries in the air fryer is just much more easy and quick!
HOW TO COOK CHICKEN FRIES IN AN AIR FRYER OVEN?
Don't have a countertop air fryer? That's fine! These frozen chicken fries in the air fryer are very crispy but cooking these in the air fryer oven will also work. Here's how:
- First off, preheat your oven to 375°F if your air fryer oven requires preheating.
- Then, place the frozen chicken fries in a single layer on the air fryer oven rack. Do not overcrowd.
- Cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or just until cooked through and golden brown. These will crisp up more if you let them sit for 1 to 2 minutes after cooking.
Note: there is no need to put or spray olive oil on these before cooking.
BEST DIPPING SAUCES FOR CHICKEN FRIES
There is a wide variety of dipping sauces to choose from. Here are some of the best ones to try with this after school snack or after work munchies:
First, on the list, we have the most classic dip, ketchup. It tastes good with french fries, tater tots, chicken nuggets, and chicken tenders, and surely it'll taste great with these chicken fries as well. If you're looking for something healthier than regular store-bought ones, try this Sugar-Free Ketchup Recipe (great for WW).
- Honey Mustard
The perfect blend of sweetness from the honey and the spices from mustard make a great dip for chicken fries.
- BBQ Sauce
Of course, this will be on the list, BBQ sauce. This tangy with a little hint of sweet & spice sauce will certainly give your chicken fries that extra delicious flavor. And again, if you're looking for something healthier than regular store-bought ones, try this Weight Watchers BBQ Sauce (Sugar-Free).
- Sweet & Sour
If you tried it with chicken nuggets and loved it, you will also love it with these crispy chicken fries for sure. This sauce has that balanced taste of sweet and sour. Most kids like this sauce too.
Last but definitely not the least, ranch. It's creamy & flavorful, what's not to love? Here is a recipe you can try Popeyes Blackened Ranch Sauce (copycat). With this recipe, you're going to want more of it. Luckily, you can have unlimited supplies of ranch sauce at home!
OTHER COOKING METHODS FOR CHICKEN FRIES
If you don't have an air fryer (countertop or oven), no worries! You can still enjoy these crispy chicken fries. There are different ways to cook these. Here are some other ways to do so:
- Conventional Oven
If you are going to cook with a conventional oven, here are the steps to follow:
- Preheat your oven to 400°F first.
- Then, on a baking sheet, place your frozen chicken fries on a single layer. (Do not overcrowd)
- Bake this for about 12 to 15 minutes.
- Allow cooling for about a minute or so. Serve and enjoy!
And, if you are going to cook the chicken fries in a microwave, here are the steps to follow:
- Grab yourself a microwave-safe plate to put the chicken fries on. Then, arrange them in a single layer.
- Set the microwave heat on high. The heating time will vary on how much you are going to cook.
7 pieces of fries – 1 minute
14 pieces of fries – 2 minutes
21 pieces of fries – 3 minutes
Note: Make sure you don't overheat them.
- Once that's done heating up, remove from the microwave and let stand for a minute or two before serving.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE FROZEN CHICKEN FRIES IN THE AIR FRYER
For this, you are only going to need one thing:
- Frozen Chicken Fries
HOW TO COOK FROZEN CHICKEN FRIES IN THE AIR FRYER?
Once you have your frozen chicken fries, you can now start cooking. Follow the instructions below for the best results!
STEP ONE: PREHEAT AIR FRYER
The first thing you are going to do is preheat your air fryer to 375°F. However, if your air fryer does not need preheating or does not have a preheat option, you can just skip this step.
STEP TWO: PLACE FROZEN CHICKEN FRIES
Once your air fryer is ready, grab the air fryer basket and your chicken fries. Inside the basket, lay the frozen chicken fries in a single layer, and be sure not to overcrowd the basket.
Note: you don't have to put or spray oil on the basket before cooking.
STEP THREE: COOK
Cook these for about 8 to 10 minutes or just until they are golden brown and crispy. You don't have to turn them also, with the use of an air fryer, all sides will surely be cooked and crispy.
STEP FOUR: SERVE
When that's done cooking, remove the chicken fries from the basket and allow them to sit for a minute or two – they will crisp up even more.
Grab your favorite dipping sauce and serve.
FROZEN CHICKEN FRIES IN THE AIR FRYER RECIPE CARD
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These frozen chicken fries in the air fryer is the perfect quick snack for the kids!
- 1 box Frozen Chicken Fries
Preheat air fryer to 375°F.
Place frozen chicken fries in a single layer in the air fryer basket. No oil is needed. Don’t overcrowd the basket.
Air Fry for 8-10 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Allow to sit for 1-2 minutes and they will crisp up even more. Turning is not necessary.
Remove from basket and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
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