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Make this tender and juicy frozen chicken in the air fryer with little to no effort. It’s perfectly seasoned and comes out perfect every time!

Cooked air fryer frozen chicken sliced on a plate and garnished with parsley

There’s nothing I love better than cooking food from frozen in the air fryer. Partially because it’s so easy to cook and partially because I always forget to thaw it out until it’s dinner time.

Thankfully, the air fryer is a great tool for cooking all sorts of foods from frozen. If you haven’t already, check out this great list of frozen foods you can cook in the air fryer for some other great ideas!

This air fryer frozen chicken breast recipe contains no breading, making it completely keto-friendly. It’s perfect on salads or even as a stand-alone main entrée.

Even the kids ate it up!

I used a boneless skinless chicken breast for this recipe. If you have a bone-in chicken breast, please use this recipe to cook the bone-in chicken breast in the air fryer.

Sliced air fryer chicken breasts on a white plate garnished with parsley

In this post, I will teach you:

  • How to make frozen chicken in the air fryer
  • What other types of chicken you can cook from frozen
  • How to freeze the chicken so you can cook it when you need it
  • How long you can store leftover chicken in the fridge
  • The best way to reheat chicken in the air fryer and some great recipes it can be used in
  • Foods that serve well with the chicken for a full dinner!

How to Make Frozen Chicken in the Air Fryer

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer to 360 degrees.

STEP TWO:  Mix the oil, garlic powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, cumin, sea salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper (if using) in a small bowl.

Spices and oil added into a clear bowl

STEP THREE: Baste the chicken with the oil and seasoning mixture on both sides and place the frozen chicken breasts in the air fryer.

Frozen chicken being basted with spices and oil

STEP FOUR: Cook the chicken for about 20 to 25 minutes, flipping it halfway through until it reaches 165 degrees F at its thickest point. Thicker chicken breasts may take a little bit longer – I’ve had a larger chicken breast take up to 35 minutes!

I recommend using an Instant Read Thermometer so you can check both chicken breasts in two locations quickly — I use the Kizen Instant-Read thermometer.

Frozen chicken in air fryer (overhead view)

STEP FIVE: Remove the chicken breasts from the air fryer and enjoy!

Cooked frozen chicken in air fryer overhead view

What Other Types of Frozen Chicken Can You Make in the Air Fryer?

Yes! Here are just a few types of chicken I have cooked successfully from frozen that includes directions for you:

And of course, the frozen chicken favorites:

Love chicken? Check out these 40 chicken recipes you can make in your air fryer!

Whole Air Fryer Chicken Breast cooked from frozen on a white plate garnished with parsley

How to Freeze Chicken Correctly

It’s important to individually freeze each piece of chicken so they do not stick together.

You can fit the chicken breasts in a vacuum sealed bag, freezer-friendly Ziploc bag without touching, or follow these directions if the bag is not big enough.

  1. Place a piece of parchment or wax paper on a baking sheet.
  2. (Optional) Pound the chicken breasts so they are even in thickness
  3. Place the chicken breasts on the paper not touching and cover with plastic wrap.
  4. Let freeze for about 1-2 hours.
  5. Remove the chicken from the freezer and place it in a freezer bag. Since the outside of the chicken is already frozen, the chicken breasts can now touch without getting stuck together.

When you’re ready, just grab the number of frozen chicken breasts you need and cook!

Overheard view of two white plates of frozen chicken cooked in an air fryer  sliced next to a fork and knife

How to Store Chicken in the Fridge

Place the leftover chicken in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 to 4 days.

Tips for Making the Best Juicy Air Fryer Frozen Chicken

  • Use chicken breasts that are similar in size so they are ready to eat at the same time
  • Pound the chicken breasts before freeze so the chicken cooks evenly throughout
  • Pull the chicken out of the air fryer as SOON as the thickest point hits 165 degrees F or the chicken can taste dry or tough
  • Do not wait to pull all the chicken out at the same time. Pull the chicken breasts as they are done cooking and reheat them for 1 to 2 minutes in the end if needed.
  • Use an Instant-Read Thermometer that takes no more than 3 seconds to get an accurate reading of the chicken without letting too much heat out of the air fryer
Closeup of sliced air fryer chicken breasts that were cooked from chicken on a white plate

How to Reheat Chicken Breasts in the Air Fryer

These directions work for fully cooked chicken breasts that need to be reheated.

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the leftover chicken in the air fryer and cook for about 3 minutes until the chicken is warmed thoroughly.
  3. Remove it from the air fryer and enjoy!

Leftover chicken from this recipe works great in this easy Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Pesto Chicken Wrap, and these other great chicken wrap recipes.

Recipes to Serve Alongside these Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breasts

And check out these other air fryer vegetable options you’ll love!

Yield: 2 servings

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken

Closeup of sliced air fryer chicken breasts that were cooked from chicken on a white plate

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breasts are full of flavor and can be cooked right on the fly!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Optional

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 360 degrees.
  2. Mix the oil, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, cumin, sea salt, pepper and cayenne pepper (if using) in a bowl.
  3. Baste the frozen chicken breasts with the oil and seasoning mixture and place the chicken in the air fryer.
  4. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through until they reach 165 degrees F. Thicker chicken breasts may take a bit longer to cook.
  5. Remove the chicken breasts from the air fryer and enjoy!

Notes

How to Reheat Chicken in the Air Fryer

1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.

2. Cook the chicken for about 3 minutes, until warmed thoroughly. Remove from the air fryer and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 355mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 38g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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