Air Fryer Chicken Patties (Frozen or Homemade)

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Air fryer chicken patties are quick and result in juicy patties perfect for your burgers. Whether you use homemade chicken patties or store-bought ones, these are cooked to perfection in an air fryer!

>> You might also like these Air Fryer Chicken Breast without Breading or these Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs.

Chicken patty sandwich

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Once you’ve started using your air fryer more regularly, you’ll find there are so many other ways you *could* be using it, if you had a few extra useful accessories. Here are a few favorites that we use almost every day.

Although store-bought chicken patties are convenient, I prefer making them at home. That’s because you can adjust the flavors according to your liking. So, it’s really up to you whether you use frozen or homemade chicken patties.

When you cook them in an air fryer, the patties don’t require oil. They cook evenly and are done in no time at all. Use the chicken patties to make a delicious chicken burger for lunch, or serve it on a bed of lettuce for a low-carb alternative.

Ingredients You Need

If you’re using store-bought chicken patties, then that’s all you need. You can place as many chicken patties into the air fryer as can fit in a single layer. For me, that’s about 4 chicken patties at a time. You’ll also need burger buns and accoutrement if you’re making chicken burgers.

If you’re going to make your own homemade chicken patties, then you’ll need a few more ingredients.

  • Ground chicken: The main ingredient for this recipe is ground chicken. You can either buy minced chicken or boneless chicken and ground it at home. Moreover, you can go for frozen chicken mince as well.
  • Parmesan cheese: Parmesan cheese is a type of Italian cheese that has a hard texture. It usually comes in blocks. Parmesan cheese has a nutty yet fruity flavor and is very refreshing.
  • Garlic salt: Garlic salt is seasoned salt. It is a blend of sea salt and garlic powder and has a garlicky flavor. If you don’t like garlic flavor, you can also use any other seasoned salt. Celery salt also tastes good in this recipe.
  • Seasoning: Salt and black pepper are enough to bring out the flavor in this chicken patty recipe. However, if you like more flavors, add herbs, or chili powder, etc.
  • Spray cooking oil: Spray cooking oil is an amazing product for air fryers. However, if you don’t have cooking spray oil, you can grease the air fryer basket with olive oil as well.
  • Optional: Breadcrumbs and egg wash. If you want a crispy breaded chicken patty, you can coat it in breadcrumbs.
Chicken patty sandwich

How to Make Your Own Chicken Patties From Scratch

To make your own chicken patties, combine the ground chicken, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix until evenly combined. I just use my hands for this, because it’s easiest to make sure everything gets mixed together well.

Form two flat, round patties with the chicken mixture. Put them in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to firm up before cooking.

You can double or triple this recipe to make as many chicken patties as you need. Remember that raw chicken should always be cooked to 165 degrees F to be safe to eat.

How to Cook Chicken Patties in the Air Fryer

Making chicken patties in an air fryer is very easy. Here are the few simple steps you have to follow:

Step 1: Start by either taking the chicken patties out of the freezer or mixing up the ingredients for your homemade chicken patties (see instructions below).

chicken patties

Step 2: Prepare the air fryer basket by spraying cooking oil on the bottom of the basket so the chicken patties don’t stick. Place chicken patties in the basket.

Raw chicken patties in the air fryer

Step 3: Cook thawed or homemade chicken patties in the air fryer for 8 minutes at 400° F (200°C). Flip the patties over halfway into the cooking process, so they get evenly browned on both sides. For frozen, cook the chicken patties for an additional 2-4 minutes, for a total of 10-12 minutes.

Cooked chicken patties in the air fryer

Keep in mind that all air fryers cook slightly differently, so the timing might vary for your chicken patties. Frozen patties may need a few more minutes to finish cooking.

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you cook frozen chicken patties in an air fryer?

Yes, you can cook frozen chicken patties in an air fryer. You don’t need to thaw frozen chicken patties. In fact, in my opinion this is the best way to cook frozen chicken patties. Place them, frozen, in the air fryer basket and cook for 10-12 minutes at 400° F, flipping halfway.

Can you add more spices to chicken patties?

Absolutely! You can add different spices to make your chicken patties even more delicious. You can add Italian herbs, jerk seasoning, cumin, paprika, etc., to make them spicy and flavorful.

Can you coat these chicken patties in breadcrumbs?

Yes, you can coat your homemade chicken patties in an egg wash and then add breadcrumbs on each side. This will give the chicken a crunchy exterior, but it will need to be sprayed with cooking oil before cooking in order to produce that nice crispy crust.

Chicken patty sandwich

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Air Fryer Chicken Patties

Air fryer chicken patties are quick and result in juicy patties perfect for your burgers, whether you use store-bought patties or make your own.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 390 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 2 chicken patties homemade or purchased
  • Spray cooking oil
  • Salt & pepper

For homemade chicken patties

  • 1/2 pound ground chicken 225g chicken mince
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Optional breadcrumbs and egg

Instructions
 

  • To make your own chicken patties, combine ground chicken, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix until evenly combined. Form flat, round patties and place in refrigerator to firm up for 15 minutes. Note: patties can be coated in an egg wash and breadcrumbs, if desired.
  • Spray air fryer basket with cooking spray and add chicken patties. For homemade chicken patties, cook at 400°F (200°C) for 8 minutes, flipping halfway. For frozen purchased chicken patties, cook at 400°F for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Notes

  • You can coat the patties in an egg wash and breadcrumbs if you want. That’s an optional step for crispy chicken patties. Spray with oil before cooking.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 390kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 46gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 206mgSodium: 985mgPotassium: 1203mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 132IUCalcium: 212mgIron: 2mg
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