Chicken nuggets from McDonald’s are a popular buy in their ‘restaurant’, and as they’re a lot cheaper (per nugget) when you go for the portion with 20 pieces, compared to the 6-piece or 9-piece, most users tend to go for that. It’s therefore not uncommon to have leftovers, because 20 McNuggets is a lot of food and always overestimated in terms of portion size.
Luckily, there is no need to throw your leftovers away. Just like with their fries, McNuggets are also very easy to reheat and will still taste great afterwards.
Using a microwave to reheat your McNuggets
The easiest way to reheat the chicken nuggets from McDonald’s is by using a microwave. This is a process that only takes up a couple of minutes of your time, which is what makes it the most common strategy for people who are in a hurry.
To reheat your McNuggets using a microwave:
- Spread the remainder of your McNuggets on a plate that’s safe for in the microwave
- If they don’t fit on the plate, stack them on top of each other, but do not let them overlap.
- Start the microwave on the highest power and let them reheat for about 45 to 60 seconds.
- Let them cool down for about a minute and they’re ready to eat.
Pros of using a microwave
The biggest benefit of using a microwave to reheat nuggets from McDonald’s is the time that it takes. Within less than two minutes, your McNuggets can be ready to eat, and they don’t taste bad at all.
Cons of using a microwave
Reheating food, especially these kinds of nuggets, in the microwave is usually not the best solution, as crispiness is not guaranteed and food can become a little soggy.
Reheat your nuggets from McDonald’s in the air fryer
If you are lucky enough to have an air fryer, they are one of the best ways to reheat your McNuggets, as the crispiness on the outside will stay.
Follow these steps to reheat your McNuggets in an air fryer:
- Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
- One preheated, add your McNuggets inside the basket.
- Wait for about 5 minutes until your McDonald’s nuggets are hot and crispy before they’re ready to eat.
Pros of using your air fryer
The air fryer is able to create a crispy outside on your McNuggets, which makes you feel like you’re eating them as if they’ve just been served in the restaurant.
Cons of using your air fryer
It can take a while before your air fryer is preheated, which is why a lot of users dislike this method. If you can’t wait a couple of extra minutes for a crispiness result, then using the air fryer is not for you.
Using your oven to reheat McNuggets
Using the oven is another common method that fast-food enthusiasts use to reheat their nuggets from McDonald’s. It takes a while compared to other methods, but once you see the result you’ll realize that it was worth the wait.
Follow these steps to reheat your McNuggets in the oven:
- Preheat your oven to 380 degrees Fahrenheit and spread your McNuggets on a baking sheet on top of the rack.
- Once preheated, place the rack into the oven and let them reheat for about 18 minutes.
- Take them out of the oven and check the temperature.
- If the temperature is too low, add them back in the oven for a few more minutes and check again.
Pros of using the oven
The oven produces very crispy McNuggets, just like the air fryer does.
Cons of using the oven
Using your oven takes up a lot of your time. It already takes up a few minutes for the preheating, and roughly 20 minutes for the reheating process. If you are in a rush, you’re better off trying out the microwave.
Last, but not least: using a skillet to reheat your McNuggets
Don’t have any of the other materials to reheat your nuggets? No problem at all, because it can also be done using a skillet.
Another way of reheating your McNuggets in minutes is by using a skillet:
- Add a bit of oil inside your pan and let it warm up a bit.
- Add the leftover McNuggets inside the skillet and let them heat a minute or two on both sides.
- Take them out of the skillet, add your favorite sauce, and voilà.
Pros of using a skillet
The biggest pro of using a skillet to reheat your McNuggets is that they’re ready within minutes. It’s a great reheating method if you’re a bit short on time.
Cons of using a skillet
The only con of using a skillet is that extra oil needs to be added. While this is not bad, many nugget-enthusiasts don’t like adding extra fat to fast food.