Can You Microwave McNuggets?

McNuggets are one of the most popular dishes on the McDonalds menu. But what happens if you’ve overindulged and have some uneaten? If you’re left with some McNuggets, can you microwave them? 

Yes, you can microwave McNuggets. Lay them out on a microwave-safe plate and cover them with wrap or a paper towel. Then, heat them for a minute and check their temperature is 75C or 165F before serving.

How to Microwave McNuggets

If you want to microwave McNuggets, here are the five steps you’ll need to follow:

  1. Place McNuggets on a Microwave-Safe Plate
    Remove your McNuggets from their packaging and place them on a microwave-safe plate. Make sure they’re not stacked on top of one another. You can always heat them consecutively if you have too many nuggets to fit on the plate.
  2. Cover
    Using either microwave-safe wrap or a paper towel, cover your McNuggets and place them in the microwave. 
  3. Heat
    Switch your microwave to high and heat for sixty seconds. 
  4. Check the Temperature
    Using a meat thermometer, check the internal temperature of your McNuggets. They should be 75C or 165F before they’re safe to eat. 
  5. Serve and Enjoy
    You’ve now successfully microwaved your leftover McNuggets! All that’s left to do is enjoy them. 

3 Tips for Microwaving McNuggets


You Can Microwave Them From Frozen
McNuggets can be reheated directly from frozen if you haven’t got time to defrost them. You will just need to increase the cooking time by a minute or so until they’re done. 

Never Store Them at Room Temperature
It can be tempting to sit your leftover McDonalds to one side on the countertop and forget all about it. But it’s really important that you store your leftovers properly in the fridge or freezer. If your McNuggets have been sitting on the work surface for several hours, they’re not safe to reheat. 

Always Check the Temperature
When you’re reheating meat, it’s so important that you check its internal temperature before serving. Eating undercooked McNuggets can cause you a serious upset, so you need to check that they’re 75C or 165F before eating them.

Advantages of Microwaved McNuggets

If you’ve got some leftover McNuggets from a recent order, here’s why microwaving them is a good thing: 

  1. Ready in Minutes
    Depending on the power of your microwave, your McNuggets will be ready in less than two minutes when heated in the microwave. This is quicker than reheating them in the oven or air fryer, for instance.
  2. They Taste Great
    Although microwaved McNuggets aren’t quite as good as nuggets that are fresh out the fryer, they’re still pretty tasty and will more than satisfy your urge for a McDonalds treat! 

Disadvantages of Microwaved McNuggets

Although microwaving McNuggets is a good way to reheat them, doing so also has the following potential drawbacks: 

  1. You Can Overcook Them
    If you leave your McNuggets in the microwave for too long, they can easily dry out. Make sure you cook them for no more than two minutes and check their temperature before serving. 
  2. They Lose Crispiness
    Microwaved McNuggets aren’t particularly crispy. If you want your McNuggets to be crispier, you should reheat them in the oven or in an air fryer.

How to Reheat McNuggets in the Microwave

Providing you’ve stored your McNuggets safely in the fridge or freezer, it’s perfectly safe to reheat them in the microwave, as we’ve explored above.

Just follow the steps we’ve listed, and your McNuggets will be warm and tasty in a matter of minutes. 

How to Defrost McNuggets in the Microwave

You don’t need to defrost McNuggets before you reheat them. However, if you want to, you can place them in the microwave and set to defrost. Within 2-3 minutes, your McNuggets will have thawed, and they will be ready to reheat or enjoy as they are. 

Final Summary

If you’ve ordered a box of 20 McNuggets and have loads leftover, you can reheat them in the microwave with very little hassle. Just remember that chicken must be 75C or 165F when reheated, and you should always store your McNuggets in the fridge or freezer.

Other than that, microwaving McNuggets is extremely straightforward, as we’ve explained in the steps listed above.