Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Kiev

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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Kiev is a crunchy and creamy stuffed chicken dish that you just need to remove from the box and put directly into the air fryer. It’s ready in under 20 minutes.

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Chicken Kiev on a plate with salad

What is Chicken Kiev?

Chicken Kiev is originally a Russian dish that was perfected in the 19th century by a Ukrainian chef, which is how it got the name Kiev (after the Ukrainian city).

Chicken Kiev is a special occasion dish where chicken breasts are filled with cold butter (often herb butter) and covered in breadcrumbs. The butter inside becomes creamy and gives each bite of chicken a wonderful juiciness that is highlighted by its crispy exterior.

Making Chicken Kiev yourself at home can definitely be done, but it’s an involved process that can be difficult to master. That’s why we tend to buy frozen Chicken Kiev, which tastes just as amazing and requires no work. 

When you cook frozen Chicken Kiev in the air fryer, the chicken gets crispy and juicy without adding any oil. Making it in the air fryer makes it taste like it was made from scratch. Pair it with a salad or a potato dish to make a full meal.

Chicken Kiev on a plate with salad

Ingredients You Need

  • Chicken Kiev: any brand of frozen chicken Kiev works, so use your favorite brand.

You can also try your hand at making your own Chicken Kiev at home. We don’t have a recipe for it, but you can try this one from RecipeTin Eats. If making it at home, you’ll need chicken breast, butter, herbs like parsley, salt, breadcrumbs, egg, and flour.

Equipment Information

How to Make Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Kiev

Place the frozen Chicken Kievs in the air fryer basket. There’s no need to thaw them or do anything extra to them. Just stick them directly into the air fryer. It’s also not necessary to spray them with cooking oil, because they are already coated with oil.

Chicken Kiev in the air fryer basket

Cook at 380° F for 15-18 minutes, flipping over halfway through cooking. They are done when the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165° F. The exact cooking time will vary based on the thickness of the chicken and your air fryer model. It’s always best to use a meat thermometer to determine doneness.

Be careful not to overcook the chicken, because it will begin to dry out and the butter will dissipate. You want to serve it as soon as you remove it from the basket.

Tips & Suggestions

  • Don’t thaw the frozen Chicken Kiev before adding it into the air fryer. Simply preheat the air fryer before cooking the frozen chicken. 
  • Frozen Chicken Kiev is still raw chicken, so it’s best to use a meat thermometer to read the chicken’s internal temperature. The chicken should reach a temperature of 165°F. 
  • Keep an eye on the Chicken Kiev as cooking times can differ based on the thickness of the chicken breast, or your brand of air fryer.
Chicken Kiev on a plate with salad

Questions About the Recipe

Why is there no oil in the recipe?

Most foods that you cook in the air fryer need a bit of spray oil to prevent any sticking, but frozen Chicken Kiev doesn’t need this. Most brands of frozen Chicken Kiev have oil in the breading, so they don’t need extra oil when cooking. They should cook without issue in the air fryer.

What can I add to the Chicken Kiev?

If you want to spice up the frozen Chicken Kiev, there are a couple things to add on top of your chicken. The best topping is some chopped parsley as it adds a nice refreshing flavor to the Chicken Kiev. Some other toppings you can add to the chicken are crushed red pepper flakes or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. These will add a bit of heat and a acidity to the chicken, but experiment with other seasonings to see what you like best.

Storage & Reheating Suggestions

Air fryer frozen Chicken Kiev is best fresh, but you can store leftovers. Once they have cooled to room temperature, keep the chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat the leftovers in the air fryer until it has warmed through (about 5 minutes).

Chicken Kiev on a plate with salad

What Side Dishes to Serve?

You can serve some really easy side dishes with your main dish cooked in the Air Fryer. Sometimes, you can cook them together in the air fryer to make it even faster.

Some of our favorite side dishes to serve include:

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Chicken Kiev on a plate with salad

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Kiev

Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Kiev is a crunchy and creamy stuffed chicken dish that you just need to remove from the box and put directly into the air fryer. It's ready in under 20 minutes.
4.9 from 34 votes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 330 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 2 store-bought frozen Chicken Kievs

Instructions
 

  • Place the frozen Chicken Kievs in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook at 380° F for 15-18 minutes, flipping over halfway through cooking, until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165° F. The exact cooking time will vary based on the thickness of the chicken and your air fryer, so always use a meat thermometer to determine doneness.

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: 330kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 22gFat: 21gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 450mgPotassium: 413mgSugar: 2gIron: 1mg
Keyword Chicken, Frozen
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