Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to cook, but with quick and easy meals like this air fryer frozen chicken Kiev, that’s not a problem! Serve it with steamed veggies and fries for a warming mid-week dinner that will be popular with the whole family!
How to make frozen chicken Kievs in an air fryer
Quickly cooking up a frozen chicken Kiev is perfect for those busy nights when you need a filling and tasty dinner, but have no time to cook something from scratch.
You can cook it in the oven of course, but one of the quickest and easiest ways to make it is to cook it in an air fryer. As a bonus, air frying frozen chicken Kievs gives you great results every time. They always come out perfectly golden and crispy on the outside, with tender inside, oozing with that amazing melted garlic butter.
Air frying is a great way to cook frozen foods, because the action of the hot air gets it so crispy on the outside but without drying out the center. It is also quicker than cooking it in the oven, and healthier and cleaner than frying the regular way.
Scroll down for the printable recipe card for these air fryer frozen chicken Kievs, or read on for all the details.
Frozen chicken kievs come in two types, fully cooked, and raw. Check your product to see which type you have. Cook times for raw frozen kievs will be longer than for ones that come pre-cooked.
You can convert the cooking instructions on the pack using my oven to air fryer conversion calculator, or read on for my method for air frying frozen chicken Kievs.
Step 1: Preheat your air fryer to 360°F/ 180°C by setting it to the correct temperature and switching it on for 2-3 minutes.
Step 2: Place the frozen chicken Kievs in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Ensure they are not touching, so that the hot air can reach all sides and the Kievs will cook evenly.
Step 3: Air fry frozen chicken Kievs at 360°F/ 180°C for 15-20 minutes for pre-cooked frozen chicken Kievs, and 30-35 minutes for raw frozen chicken Kievs. See section below for more details on cooking times.
Step 4: Check internal temperature. Chicken needs to reach an internal temperature of at least 165°F/ 74°C to be safely cooked. Once your chicken Kiev has finished air frying, check to ensure it is fully cooked with an instant read meat thermometer. If required air fry for additional 2-3 minute intervals until the safe temperature is reached.
How long to cook frozen chicken Kiev in the air fryer
The exact cooking time for frozen chicken kievs will depend on a few factors, including what type of Kievs you have, how large they are, and how powerful your air fryer is.
The only way to know that your food is cooked correctly is to use a meat thermometer to check the temperature in the center of the thickest part. For chicken this needs to be 165°F/ 74°C.
You should be able to pick up an instant read thermometer at your local grocery store, or check out Amazon for some deals. Thermopro is a reliable brand with options at lots of price points. Check out Thermopro on Amazon here*.
I recommend printing off the recipe card below, then you can make a note of how long it takes to cook frozen chicken Kievs in your air fryer for future reference.
I usually serve chicken Kievs with a green salad or a side of fresh microwave steamed vegetables and something potato-related. My kids always want fries, but mashed potatoes are a great match for this dinner (try Instant Pot mashed potato for a quick and easy recipe).
Storage and reheating
Place any leftover chicken Kievs in an air tight container, and store in the refrigerator within two hours of cooking. Use within 3 days.
If you cooked the kievs from raw, then you can reheat them in the air fryer. Place them in the air fryer basket and air fry for 8-10 minutes until 165°F/ 74°C in the center.
Reheating chicken twice is not recommended, so if the frozen kievs were precooked ones then it is not a good idea to reheat them.
Air fryer frozen chicken Kiev recipe card
How to cook a frozen chicken kiev in an air fryer.
- 1 frozen chicken kiev [Note 1]
- Preheat air fryer to 360°F/ 180°C, for approximately 2-3 minutes.
- Place frozen chicken kiev in air fryer basket. If you are cooking more than one, ensure they are not touching.
- Air fry frozen kievs for:
- 15-20 minutes for pre-cooked frozen chicken Kievs, or
- 30-35 minutes for raw frozen chicken Kievs
See note 2.
- Check internal temperature to ensure kievs have reached at least 165°F/ 74°C in the center of the thickest part [Note 3]. If required air fry for additional 2-3 minute intervals until the safe temperature is reached.
- Frozen chicken kievs can either be precooked or raw. Ensure you know which type you are cooking.
- Cooking times are an estimate only and depend on the model of air fryer used among other factors.
- Use an instant-read thermometer to check internal temperature.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 652Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 291mgSodium: 821mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 49g
Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.
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