Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast

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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast. How to air fry frozen chicken breast. Take your frozen chicken breast straight from the freezer to the air fryer with this simple to follow air fryer frozen food favourite.

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast guide
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast guide

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast

I love cooking air fryer chicken breast. In fact, it was one of the early air fryer recipes I first made with my original Philips Air Fryer back in 2012.

Back then we lived in a small apartment and this small Philips Air Fryer was the perfect size for us.

Our kitchen was so tiny that we couldn’t fit 3 of us in the kitchen at once when we were cooking.

We had fallen in love with air fryer cooking so fast that we made sure that this air fryer had a place next to our kettle on the kitchen sideboard.

It was also before the instant pot was a thing and long before we started sharing instant pot recipes and our steamer of choice then was one of these.

It was 3 tiers and annoying to wash up but did a great round of vegetables. We also loved it for steaming salmon and potatoes too.

We would have our air fryer chicken breast in the Philips and steam broccoli in our steamer.

Perfect set up.

But over time you find that your eating habits and kitchen gadgets change and now it’s the same food, just a different way of cooking it.

Now we will cook air fryer frozen chicken breast and serve it with instant pot broccoli.

Sometimes our air fryer frozen chicken breast will be partly thawed and other times it is frozen solid.

We will just go and grab some chicken breast from the freezer and know that in under half an hour we will have a delicious healthy lunch.

I know this probably sounds crazy, but that’s what I wanted when I lived in the apartment.

A place to live that was big enough for a chest freezer (like this one) so that I could store lots of frozen chicken and eat it as I wanted.

I could also save a small fortune on food and totally combat food waste. Today is almost 5 years to the day, that we moved into our house and I still get excited over a full freezer of amazing food.

Can An Air Fryer Cook Frozen Chicken Breast?

Absolutely! You can cook frozen chicken breast in an air fryer in a similar way to completely thawed fresh chicken.

You just need to appreciate that it will need a longer cook time and that you need to add extra liquid to the chicken so that it won’t become dry.

Once you get your head around air fryer frozen chicken breast cook time you will that it will become a go to air fryer recipe for you.

Best Air Fryer For Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast?

There are lots of great brands of air fryers out there that you can use for cooking your frozen chicken breast.

Personally, we love the Philips Air Fryer and have used them for 8 years. Over the years the size has improved, and I can cook larger portions, but the quality of the mechanics are still just as good.

In the Milner kitchen right now, we have the Philips Air Fryer XL, the Philips Air Fryer XXL and the Power Air Fryer Oven.

There is no doubt that Philips is the best air fryer and was of course the first, but they are also expensive and not every family can justify the cost.

That is why for air fryer frozen chicken breast we would also recommend any of the following:

2 Ingredient Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast Recipe

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast Ingredients

There are JUST 2 types of ingredients that you need for this air fryer frozen chicken breast recipe:

  • Frozen Chicken Breast
  • Moist Maker

You can use any brand of frozen chicken breast, just as long as the chicken breast is raw and frozen it will work for you.

This recipe for air fryer frozen chicken breast is also based around frozen chicken breast with no breading.

Though if you scroll further down, we have some alternative frozen chicken breast recipes you can follow if you want to cook breaded chicken breast.

The second ingredient is what I call my moist maker. Frozen chicken breast when cooked from frozen can become very dry and you need some sort of moist maker to bring moisture to your chicken otherwise it will be horrible.

I use a combination of garlic puree, grainy mustard and maple syrup to add moisture to the chicken breast. Then I mix it in a little ramekin while the chicken is cooking in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast Moist Maker

Here are a few more combos to try out:

  • Honey + Soy Sauce
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil + Salt + Pepper
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Peri Peri Sauce (this is the one we recommend)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil + Jerk Rub
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How To Fry Frozen Chicken Breast In Air Fryer?

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast step by step

Cooking air fryer frozen chicken breasts is this simple:

  1. Load your completely frozen chicken breasts into the air fryer basket and kick start the cooking process at a low heat for 10 minutes.
  2. Separate your chicken breasts add your moist maker and cook for a further 10 minutes.
  3. Check if your chicken breast is cooked and if not give it a last 5 minute blast.
  4. DONE!

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast Cook Time

The cooking time for air fryer frozen chicken breasts does vary depending on the size of your chicken breasts.

Our chicken breasts were large, but a medium chicken breast will not need as long a cook time.

Also note, that if you are cooking frozen diced chicken breast the cook time will be even less.

For our large frozen chicken breasts, the cook time was a total of 25 minutes.

As you can see we diced our air fryer chicken breasts after 20 minutes to show you how pink they still were in the middle:

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast - still frozen

Semi Frozen Chicken Breast In Air Fryer

If you are cooking semi frozen chicken breasts in an air fryer, then you can also reduce the cooking time.

Instead of a 10 minute kickstart you can give your chicken breasts JUST a 6 minute kickstart.

Air Fryer Recipes For Frozen Chicken Breast

Here are a few more ideas for frozen chicken breast in the air fryer, especially for those that are looking for frozen chicken breast ideas that is breaded.

Perfect for grabbing your favourite bag of Tyson frozen chicken and loading it into the air fryer. Though you could do it with any brand of air fryer.

air fryer frozen chicken breast
air fryer frozen chicken breast
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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast. How to air fry frozen chicken breast. Take your frozen chicken breast straight from the freezer to the air fryer with this simple to follow air fryer frozen food favourite.
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 2
Calories: 448kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast Ingredients:


  • Load your frozen chicken breasts into the air fryer basket. Cook for 10 minutes at 140c/280f.
  • Load your maple syrup, grainy mustard and garlic puree into a ramekin and mix with a teaspoon. Remove the chicken breasts from the air fryer, place on a chopping board and using a small spoon load it up with your moist maker.
  • Place the chicken breasts back in the air fryer and cook for a further 10 minutes at 160c/320f and then check to see if the chicken is cooked through. Cut through the thickest part of the chicken and make sure there are no pink bits and that it is piping hot when you touch it with your finger. Serve.



For organic chicken breasts that you can cook from frozen we recommend Butcher Box. I also recommend that you read our Butcher Box Review.
Size matters. Smaller chicken breasts will not need to cook as long as our large chicken breasts. I also suggest that if you don’t want to serve your chicken breasts whole that you dice the chicken before cooking. This will speed up the cooking time.
You can use your favourite wet marinade for your chicken breasts. We mixed together in a ramekin maple syrup, garlic puree and grainy mustard.


Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 72g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 217mg | Sodium: 452mg | Potassium: 1299mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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2 thoughts on “Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast”

  1. 5 stars
    I was fighting with my self about trying this as chicken can be so hard to get right and with food poisoning high i was hoping for a good recipe from people who know what they are doing and this one is great and gives clear instructions about how to know when the chicken is cooked, professional advice indeed and they turned out lovely, will be back!


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