How to fry frozen chicken breast? 

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “How to fry frozen chicken breast?” and tips to cook chicken breast.

How to fry frozen chicken breast?

In order to fry frozen chicken breast, thaw the breast piece in a microwave, followed by heating the oil in the pan and adding the chicken breast to the pan after drying up its moisture using a paper towel.

You can also use an air fryer to fry the chicken pieces too.

How to cook frozen chicken breast?

Two methods to fry the chicken are provided below. One is using an air fryer while the other is using a skillet.

Using an Air fryer


  • 3 chicken breast pieces
  • Paprika powder to taste


  • Preheat the air fryer initially. For preheating, refer to the manual of the air fryer, as the time required to preheat would vary depending on the type of our air fryer.
  • Rub the chicken breast with oil. Add salt, pepper, and paprika to the chicken breast.
  • Cook the chicken breast for 10 minutes. Flip the chicken breast piece and let it cook for at least 5 minutes.
  • You can use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken breast. It should be at least 165℉. Depending on the thickness of the breast piece, you can increase or lower your cooking time.

Using a skillet


  • 8 ounces of frozen chicken breast (boneless and skinless)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a non-stick pan, add olive oil. In a skillet, add the chicken pieces and cook them till it becomes golden brown.
  • Flip the chicken and season it with salt and pepper. Add the mozzarella slices on top of the chicken. Cover the skillet and let the chicken cook till the mozzarella melts. 
  • Insert a thermometer to check the temperature of the chicken which should be 165℉. Cook the chicken till it reaches a temperature of 165℉. Serve.

What should be the frying time for chicken breast?

The frying time of the chicken breast would vary depending on the thickness of the chicken breast.

The thickness of the chicken breastApproximate time required to fry chicken breast
½ inch thick/ 1.2 cms10 minutes
1 inch thick/ 2.5 cms15 minutes
1 ½ inch thick/ 4 cms20-22 minutes
2 inches/ 5 cms28-30minutes

What needs to be kept in mind while frying chicken breasts?

  • You should add a frozen chicken part to the oil in a temperature-controlled environment as there is a huge risk of oil splattering above its smoking temperature.
  • The best temperature to fry the chicken is 350℉. This would help in deep frying the chicken appropriately and also reduce the risk of fires.
  • If you are using virgin olive oil for frying, it is better to be extremely careful. Virgin olive oil has a lower smoke point, so you would need to fry the chicken at a reduced temperature. You can instead opt for vegetable oils.
  • It is better to thaw the chicken appropriately before frying. If the frozen chicken piece is directly added to oil, the oil can splatter on you and cause burns.
  • Avoid frying chicken in a slow cooker as it takes a lot of time to fry on a slow cooker and it is dangerous too. The bacteria can grow in the meat if it is kept for a long period of time. The chicken might also not turn out to be crispy.
  • It is recommended to use smaller chicken breasts or chicken breast pieces as they would cook simultaneously and at a shorter time. 
  • For seasoning chicken breasts, you can use garlic powder, curry powder, smoked or hot paprika, and much more.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the meat. This will ensure that the meat is cooked properly.
  • When the chicken breasts are initially bought from the store, place them in a freezer bag and flatten the bag to ensure that there is enough space in the bag. You can freeze them on a plate or place them in a freezer bag.
  • If you are cooking the breast pieces in the fryer, avoid overfilling the fryer. Cook the breast pieces in batches to ensure that it cooks well and evenly.
  • If you are cooking the frozen breast piece on a pan, keep removing the excess amount of water emanating from the pan using a dry towel. This will prevent the oil and water from touching each other or splattering.

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In this brief article, we have answered the question, “How to fry frozen chicken breast?” and tips to cook chicken breast.


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