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Frozen Chicken Breast in Air Fryer

Tender frozen chicken breast in air fryer is so easy to make! Great hack if you forget to defrost your chicken but dinner is just minutes away. 

frozen chicken in air fryer

Want to make air fryer chicken breast with no breading but forgot to defrost it?? We’ll show you how to make tender frozen chicken breast in air fryer so dinner isn’t ruined! (affiliate links present)

First we made a KFC copycat air fryer fried chicken breast recipe. Then the next time I thought about it they were still rock hard!

Yes, we shared how to cook frozen chicken in the Instant Pot but now it’s time to use our other favorite appliance!

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I am far from perfect. I have 3 girls, am homeschooling 2 of them, work full time (here), and sometimes forget to prep dinner. I always have a bag of frozen chicken in the freezer so that is usually my go to.

Yes I have made Crockpot frozen chicken before and that is great for shredded chicken tacos. BUT you have to remember to take that out and put it in the pot in the morning.

I am not always totally together in the morning to do this especially if we have a busy day of work and horseback riding ahead of us. 😉 SO I’m here to share my air fryer hack with you here today.

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Yes this is a healthy air fryer recipe, so if you’re following a keto or low fat diet this will be great.

We didn’t use any bread crumbs this time to keep the calories down, and if they’re rock hard nothing is going to stick anyway.

BUT this basic chicken in the air fryer recipe is great for everyone, even my 11 year old loves it. 

  • We’re using medium to large chicken breasts found in a bag in your local grocery store freezer.

Timing is set for the size and thickness you see here, it may vary slightly depending on the size of your chicken pieces.

air fryer chicken breast no breading

Let’s start with putting 2 into your air fryer basket. Then you’ll want to sprinkle with seasonings like garlic powder and anything else you’d normally use.

Frozen chicken breast in air fryer

  1. Bag of frozen chicken breasts – 2 at a time fit comfortably
  2. Salt and pepper
  3. Garlic powder
  4. Parsley

This is what we sprinkled on before we began to cook the chicken. Add any other dry seasonings you’d like as well.

air fryer frozen chicken

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast

Steps to follow:

I like to preheat the air fryer but I will admit I don’t always remember to. If you forget don’t worry, the cooking time won’t change a lot.

Ideally I do because it creates more of a deep frying crisp on the outsides of my food.

  • Now place your frozen chicken into your basket
  • Add your seasonings
  • Close your basket and set to 360 degrees for 15 minutes
    • if your meat is on the smaller side I would set for 12 minutes and check
    • always ensure internal temperature of chicken is 165 degrees to be safe

Allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing to maintain juiciness and enjoy!

Frozen Chicken Breast in Air Fryer

If you’re wondering how to cook other frozen foods, follow and print out our air fryer cooking times chart. That’s how we knew how long to cook our frozen Ninja Foodi sausages and more.

Looking for other Ninja Foodi recipes (or any other air fryer brand you own)

What goes well with chicken?

If you haven’t tried our air fryer wings recipe yet, it gets RAVING reviews with it’s dry rub and crispy skin.

Air Fryer Wings Recipe

Can you cook frozen meat in an air fryer?

If your kids are a bit pickier, then throw in some air fryer frozen chicken nuggets for them and enjoy a meal together y’all!

Our air fryer chicken kabobs and air fryer whole chicken recipe are wonderful too.

Ninja Foodi Frozen Chicken Breast

You can make this with the directions below, OR follow this pressure cooker frozen chicken breast with sauce recipe.

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Frozen Chicken Breast in Air Fryer

Tender frozen chicken breast in air fryer is so easy to make! Great hack if you forget to defrost your chicken but dinner is just minutes away.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, chicken, chicken breasts, frozen, keto, low carb, ninja foodi, no breading
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 260kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • 2 large chicken breasts frozen, boneless skinless is what was used
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp parsley flakes


  • Put frozen chicken breasts in your air fryer basket. Sprinkle ingredients on top evenly between the two of them.
  • Close and cook at 360 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove and check to ensure they are done (some are thicker than others so may need additional time). Allow to sit for 5 minutes to maintain juices before slicing them.


Nutrition Facts
Frozen Chicken Breast in Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 844mg37%
Potassium 836mg24%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 68IU1%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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