How To Cook Frozen chicken breasts in the air fryer – A juicy chicken breast is guaranteed to become your new favorite dinner staple. From freezer to air fryer with no thawing time in between, the frozen chicken breasts cooks beautifully. Every mouthful is deliciously browned, tender, and juicy.
Thanks to many seasoning options, these frozen chicken breasts can be served with your favorite side dishes helping you to create a delicious, easy chicken dinner.
Frozen chicken breasts are a great high protein, low carb, low fat option for those of us with less time to cook fresh chicken on a nightly basis. They’re also really easy to find at the grocery store, and they’re often cheaper than their thawed counterparts as well!
We’ve all forgotten to take frozen chicken out of the freezer and had nothing to cook for dinner, so we ended up having to order takeout. Not anymore! This air fryer chicken breast recipe is a great way to solve the problem with an easy solution.
In just under 30 minutes, your family can enjoy a hearty homemade supper without spending hours in the kitchen.
If you want to know the easiest way to cook frozen, raw chicken breasts in an air fryer without first having to thaw them out first, then let me show you!
Why You’ll Love This Frozen Chicken Breast Air Fryer Recipe
- From freezer to table in 20 minutes!
- Simple recipe with very little prep work needed
- Easy clean-up
- Versatile- Chicken goes with practically everything
- Frozen boneless skinless chicken breast
- Olive oil or avocado oil
- Ground black pepper
- Sea salt
- Garlic powder
- Air Fryer
- Small bowl
- Instant read thermometer
- Serving dish
How to Make Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast
Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare the air fryer basket with olive oil or a nonstick cooking spray if needed.
Cover the chicken with olive oil. Add the seasonings together and rub the chicken breasts until they are coated on both sides of the chicken breasts. Place in the coated skinless chicken breasts in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
Cook for 10 minutes. Flip and cook for a further 5-7 minutes for a total cook time of 15-17 minutes.
Use a meat thermometer to ensure the thickest part of the chicken breasts’ internal temperature reaches 165 degrees f.
NOTE: This recipe was made with a 5.8 qt Cosori Air Fryer. If you’re using a different brand of air fryer, you may need to adjust the cooking time slightly. All air fryers cook differently.
If you happen to have leftover chicken breast, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to reheat, pop a few backs into the air fryer at 360 degrees for 2 or 3 minutes or until heated through. This is great for those of you who like to meal prep.
Tips For Making The Best Frozen Air Fryer Chicken Breast
- Use chicken breasts that are similar in size. This will ensure that they will all be ready about the same time.
- Chicken should be arranged in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
- Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook chicken breast in batches to keep from overcrowding.
- Prepare spice mixture before taking the chicken out of the freezer. The ice on the frozen chicken keeps the spices from falling off.
What To Serve/Pair With Air Fried Chicken Breast
When it comes to side dishes for air fryer chicken, the options are endless. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
Frozen Raw Chicken Breast In The Air Fryer FAQs
Do I need to thaw frozen chicken breast before cooking?
No, one of the best things about this recipe is you do not need to thaw frozen chicken breast before cooking; in fact, if the chicken is kept entirely frozen until just before it’s cooked, it will cook more evenly.
Can I use fresh chicken for this recipe?
Of course! A fresh chicken breast is generally larger than a frozen, so you will need to adjust cooking times. Also, keep in mind that you will still want to cook chicken that is similar in size so they will cook at the same rate.
Can I use my oven instead of the air fryer for this recipe?
Yes! Set the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Frozen chicken breast may be cooked on a greased cooking sheet for about 15 minutes, then turned and cooked for 10 to 15 minutes more or until the outside is brown and crispy.
What if I forgot to preheat the air fryer?
There’s no need to be concerned! If you forget to preheat the air fryer, it isn’t the end of the world. By increasing the chicken’s cooking time by 2 or 3 minutes, they will come out just fine. Before removing the chicken from the air fryer, check to make sure its internal temperature is 165 degrees f.
Is it safe to cook frozen chicken in the air fryer?
Yes. The air fryer is perfectly safe to use to cook frozen chicken. Frozen food cooked in the air fryer turns out wonderfully and more quickly than defrosting and other cooking methods.
What other seasonings go well with chicken?
This chicken recipe allows you to use whatever seasonings you love. Use your favorite seasoning such as Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, or even a seasoning mix .
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How to Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts in Air Fryer
- 1 Air Fryer
- 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare the air fryer basket with olive oil or a nonstick cooking spray if needed.
- Cover the chicken with olive oil. Add the seasonings together and rub the chicken breasts until they are coated on both sides of the chicken breasts. Place in the coated skinless chicken breasts in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
- Cook for 10 minutes. Flip and cook for a further 5-7 minutes.
- Use a digital instant read thermometer to ensure the thickest part of the chicken breasts internal temperature reaches 165°f.
*Nutritional information is a calculated guesstimate. Please note that this can change with different brands and modifications you may make to the recipe. For the most accurate information, use a nutritional calculator with the exact brands and measurements you’re using with each recipe.