Can You Put Frozen Chicken In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook frozen chicken in an air fryer. It’s a convenient and efficient way to cook chicken, providing quick, delicious results without the need to thaw the chicken first. Whether you’re cooking frozen chicken breasts, thighs, wings, or tenders, the air fryer can handle it well, giving you juicy, tender chicken with a nice exterior crispness. Here’s a general guide on how to do it:

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Recipe


  • Frozen chicken (breasts, thighs, wings, or tenders)
  • Oil (optional, for seasoning)
  • Your choice of seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, etc.)


  1. Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 380°F (about 193°C). Preheating helps cook the chicken evenly.
  2. Prepare the Chicken: If you can, lightly coat the frozen chicken with a bit of oil (this helps the seasonings stick) and then season with your preferred spices and herbs. If the chicken is too frozen for the seasonings to stick, you can season it halfway through cooking once the exterior has thawed slightly.
  3. Arrange in the Air Fryer: Place the frozen chicken pieces in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they are not touching. This allows for better air circulation and more even cooking.
  4. Cooking Time:
    • Chicken Breasts: Cook for about 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through.
    • Chicken Thighs: Cook for about 22-28 minutes, flipping halfway through.
    • Chicken Wings: Cook for about 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
    • Chicken Tenders: Cook for about 12-16 minutes, flipping halfway through.
    Note: These times are approximate; the exact time will depend on your air fryer model and the size of the chicken pieces. Always ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) by checking with a meat thermometer.
  5. Serve: Once the chicken is fully cooked and has reached the safe internal temperature, remove it from the air fryer and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. This helps the juices redistribute for more tender meat.

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Frozen Chicken

  • Don’t Overcrowd: Cooking in batches may be necessary to avoid overcrowding the basket for better airflow and cooking.
  • Adjust Seasonings: Feel free to experiment with different seasonings to match the chicken to your meal’s theme.
  • Internal Temperature: Always check the internal temperature of your chicken to ensure it’s fully cooked and safe to eat.
  • Flipping is Key: Flipping the chicken halfway through cooking promotes even browning and crispness.

Cooking frozen chicken in an air fryer saves time and yields great results, making it a fantastic option for quick and healthy meals.

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