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frozen chicken breasts in air fryer basket

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast

Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, chicken breast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 2-3 frozen, skinless chicken breasts (whatever will fit in your air fryer in one layer)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil.
  2. Spray or rub each chicken breast with oil and season each side with seasoning.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 360 ºF (180 ºC).
  4. Put the chicken breast in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes (see below for baking times based on chicken thickness), flip, and cook for another 5-15 minutes or until you have an internal temp of of 165 (74 ºC).

  6. Keep these air fryer chicken breasts stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. To reheat just place them back into the air fryer at 360°F (182°C) for about 5 minutes and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Here's how long to cook frozen chicken breast in the air fryer, according to the thickness of the breast. Flip half-way through:

  • 1/2 inch (1.2cm) thick: about 10 minutes
  • 1 inch (2.5cm) thick: about 15 minutes
  • 1 1/2-inch (4cm): about 20-22 minutes
  • 2-inch (5cm): about 28–30 minutes