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cooked chicken in the air fryer

Best Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breast Recipe

  • Author: Matt
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 pounds 1x


This air fryer frozen chicken breast recipe whips up in no time, so you’ll have juicy chicken breasts ready for dinner in minutes.



3 pounds frozen boneless, skinless Chicken Breast

2 tablespoons Grapeseed Oil

7 teaspoons Chicken Rub


Marinate the chicken

  • First up, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F and set the cook time for 20 minutes.
  • While the air fryer preheats, mix the chicken rub and olive oil in a small bowl and combine to make a marinade.

  • Brush the marinade all over one side of the chicken, then transfer the chicken to the preheated air fryer basket. Lay the chicken in a single layer. It can touch, but it shouldn’t be overlapping. This ensures the hot air can circulate evenly around the skinless chicken breasts.

Air fry the chicken

  • Begin air frying. After 10 minutes of cook time, flip the chicken over and slather the remainder of marinade over the unmarinated sides of the chicken breasts.

  • Cook for another 5 minutes, then check the internal temperature.

Check for doneness

  • Check the internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer. If the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees F or higher, it’s done. If it’s not quite there yet, add another minute or two to the total cook time and recheck.
  • You want to pull it as close to 165 as possible, otherwise, you risk drying out the chicken. 


Each model of air fryer cooks a bit differently. The timing is approximate but should work for most models.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Everyday Cooking
  • Method: Air Fry
  • Cuisine: American

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