frozen chicken breasts

How to Air Fry Frozen Chicken Breasts

Add ButcherBox Skinless Chicken Breasts to the list of items you can toss in your air fryer frozen solid and quickly have a delicious, healthy cooked protein ready to go.

Chop the cooked chicken and add to a salad or stir fry, slice and pile into a sandwich, or simmer in a sauce for a warm, comforting meal.

Here’s how to cook those frozen chicken breasts quickly and easily.


Air fryer chicken breasts

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breasts

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Protein: Poultry
Cut: Chicken Breast
Diet: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low carb, Paleo, Whole30
Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pouch ButcherBox Chicken Breast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Additional seasonings (garlic powder, Italian seasoning, taco seasoning, or others) optional


  • Preheat the air fryer to 360ºF. Remove the chicken from the packaging Rub the chicken all over with 1 tablespoon of the oil; season generously with salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you like. Place the chicken in the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes. Check the chicken; if there are 2 breasts, separate them if you can (don’t worry if you can’t). Carefully flip, lay the chicken in a single layer and cook until the center is no longer frozen solid, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Separate the breasts now if you couldn’t before. Cut the chicken  in half lengthwise. Brush the cut sides with the remaining oil; season with salt, pepper and any other seasonings. Return to the air fryer, cut sides up. Air fry until cooked through (a meat thermometer stuck into the thickest part should read 165ºF), 7 to 12 minutes longer. Do not overcook.
  • Serve hot, or let cool, wrap and refrigerate to serve later.
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Beth Lipton is a Brooklyn-based recipe developer and writer specializing in food and wellness. Her work has appeared in Clean Eating, Paleo magazine,, Well+Good, Outside, and more. Beth's latest cookbook, Carnivore-ish, featuring 125 animal protein-forward recipes, is available now.