Air Fryer Cheesy Chicken Fingers Recipe

Who does not love an easy to go meal that can be prepared in no time. I am very excited and happy that it is now all sorted for me when it comes to sorting your weekday meals.

Diggers Food sent me some packs from their wide range of amazing products. I must say that all three are super delicious. These are now my favorites to prep up some delicious meals on busy weekday!!

I’ve used their original crispy shredded chicken to prepare Cheesy Chicken Fingers Recipe. This is an air fryer recipe so you can enjoy this guilt free!! Adding cheese is completely optional, but we always love it when there’s some extra cheese in every bite!!!

Air Fryer Cheesy Chicken Fingers recipe served in a oven tray along with sauce and juice in the side

How long to cook chicken strips / chicken fingers in air fryer?

It usually takes 8 – 10 minutes at 180 degrees in a pre heated air fryer, flipping it half way through for the chicken fingers to be ready. They turn out to be amazingly golden and crispy

Golden Chicken fingers in Air Fryer

Should I add oil to the air fryer?

You can enjoy chicken fingers without any guilt. Adding oil or oil spray for this recipe is not required. Just place a single layer of chicken fingers and it’ll be done.

Air Fryer Cheesy Chicken Fingers Recipe

Basic Information

Cooking Level: Beginner/ Easy
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time in pot: 20 minutes
Serves: 2 to 3


  • 1 packet of Diggers Food Original Shredded Chicken
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 sprig of spring onion finely cut, keep greens aside for garnishing
  • 1 red chilli finely cut for garnish


  • Pre heat your air fryer. Mine is auto set at 180 degree for 5 minutes.
  • Add in the original shredded chicken.
  • Air Fry it at 180 degrees for 10 minutes, flipping it after 6 minutes.
  • Mean while pre heat your oven at 180 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Once the chicken is done, remove in a oven safe plate or bowl. Add mozzarella cheese and spring onion whites. Put it in the oven for 6-8 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  • Remove, Garnish and Serve hot.
  • Enjoy your Air Fryer Cheesy Chicken Fingers with some sauce or dip of choice!!

You can also follow the recipe from my video shared below.

Can I deep fry chicken fingers?

Of course yes, if you enjoy the traditional way of cooking, feel free to deep fry chicken fingers. Make sure the oil is hot enough before you fry them. Best way to test it by adding just one strip or chicken finger. When it starts bubbling and sizzling that means it good to go!!!

Can I skip the cheese?

Well, if you’re someone who does not like cheese or are diet conscious, you can definitely skip the step to add cheese. Instead you can enjoy these chicken fingers as it is once air fried with any sauce or dip of your choice.

Do I need to thaw the Original Shredded Chicken?

No, you need not thaw the Original Shredded Chicken packet. I didn’t need to thaw or defrost it. However if the setting of your freezer is different and if it is frozen too much, you can simply remove the packet and keep it at room temperature for 15 minutes or defrost it the microwave for 5-6 minutes or you can simply increase the cooking time by 2 to 4 minutes. Keep a watch when it reaches the recipe cooking time.

Please Note:
Every air fryer / oven has different cooking time.
You can also add the oven dish back in the air fryer if you do not want to use an oven. My air fryer lets me use oven safe dishes. Please read your instruction manuals before doing so.

Cheesy Chicken Fingers photo clicked on a phone

Air Fryer Cheesy Crispy Chicken Fingers Video

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