Air Fryer Aldi Red Bag Chicken: Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich

There’s just something I find delicious about a crispy fried chicken sandwich. When I don’t feel like going to get fast food, though, I just reach into the freezer instead! This air fryer Aldi red bag chicken is just as good as the drive thru version, and you don’t need to leave home.

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What is Aldi Red Bag Chicken?

Aldi red bag chicken or “RBC” is actually a popularized fan name for their Kirkwood breaded frozen chicken breast filets. Honestly, it’s a lot shorter to refer to it that way, so it’s a trend I can get behind completely.

They’re fully cooked, breaded chicken breasts that are frozen. That means you can look forward to a quick and tasty meal!

A lot of folks compare the red bag chicken to the iconic Chick Fil A chicken sandwich! I don’t think it necessarily tastes the same, but it is a tasty alternative that you can get on Sundays, so there’s that at least.

holding up half of an air fryer red bag chicken sandwich

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Since you’re starting with frozen breaded chicken, all of the hard work is done for you! Pop Aldi red bag chicken right into your air fryer, no defrosting needed.

In 15 minutes or less, you’ll have juicy chicken, crispy breading, and dinner is ready. Now that’s convenient!

I like to pop mine on some brioche buns, add pickles and Chick Fil A sauce and serve alongside crispy waffle fries. Of course, you can add your favorite fried chicken sandwich toppings and other sides as well.

If you love all things Aldi, make sure to check out my recipe for Aldi Eggplant Fries in the Air Fryer as well!

Ingredients List

ingredients to make aldi red bag chicken sandwich like chick fil a
  • Frozen Aldi red bag chicken
  • Toppings as desired (optional)

Aldi’s Red Bag Chicken Air Fryer Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F
  2. Place the frozen Aldi red bag chicken into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer (try not to overlap for best results)
place frozen aldi chicken filets in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 10 minutes at 400°F, pausing halfway through to flip the chicken, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F
  2. Serve on a sandwich or with your favorite sides
overhead view of air fryer aldi red bag chicken sandwich

What to Serve With Breaded Chicken Cutlets

  • Onion rings
  • Tater tots
  • Fries
  • Potato chips
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Corn on the cob
  • Baked beans
  • Coleslaw
  • Mac and cheese
  • Potato salad
  • Pasta salad
  • Hush puppies
  • Squash casserole
  • Broccoli salad
  • Fried green tomatoes

There are lots of great side dishes to round out your meal when you’re serving breaded chicken! Whether you enjoy it solo or as a sandwich, these pairings are all perfect choices.

Try air fryer Aldi red bag chicken with my recipe for Air Fryer Sonic Tater Tots, Air Fryer Frozen Corn on the Cob, Frozen Hush Puppies in the Air Fryer, Air Fryer Squash Casserole, or some Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes.

Recipe FAQs

Can I Air Fry Aldi Red Bag Chicken Straight From the Freezer?

Yes, you can absolutely air fry Aldi red bag chicken straight from the freezer, no defrosting required.

Make sure to preheat your air fryer for best results, as that helps to eliminate excess moisture better.

How Do I Prevent the Chicken From Becoming Too Dry in the Air Fryer?

To prevent the chicken from becoming too dry in the air fryer, the most important tip is just to not overcook it. Start with the low end of the time range, and add small increments at a time if needed.

Use a thermometer to verify that the chicken has reached 165°F, and then pull it so it doesn’t go beyond that.

What’s the Recommended Temperature and Time For Cooking Aldi Red Bag Chicken?

The recommended temperature for cooking Aldi red bag chicken in the air fryer ranges from 360°F – 400°F, depending on your air fryer’s available settings.

The cooking time will vary based on the temperature, with 10-15 minutes being average.

Can I Use Marinades or Wet Coatings For the Chicken Before Air Frying?

No, it is not recommended to use marinades or wet coatings for the chicken before air frying. This will result in soggy breading, or it may fall off entirely.

Toss your chicken in sauce once it is fully heated and crispy for best results.

Are There Any Safety Tips When Air Frying Frozen Aldi Red Bag Chicken?

Like most chicken, you should ensure that the Aldi red bag chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165°F (74°C) to ensure it’s safe to eat.

Use a food thermometer to accurately measure the temperature. Additionally, avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket to ensure proper air circulation.

Is Aldi Red Bag Chicken Fully Cooked?

Yes, Aldi red bag chicken is fully cooked before it is frozen.

However, for food safety, you should still heat it to an internal temperature of 165°F before consuming.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • You do not need to add any additional oil to the chicken before cooking, as it’s already frozen into the breading
  • My recipe for Aldi red bag chicken was tested in a Ninja air fryer and perfect at the 10-minute mark. Other makes and models may vary slightly in terms of cooking time
air fryer red bag chicken sandwich cut in half and stacked on top of each other

Storage and Reheating

  • Store any leftover breaded chicken in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Do not refreeze once you’ve heated it once
  • To reheat Aldi red bag chicken, air fry for 4-5 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through

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Final Thoughts

Cooking Aldi red bag chicken in the air fryer has to be my favorite preparation method! You’ll get crispy browned breading, juicy chicken, and a quick and convenient meal.

Serve them up on brioche with pickles and sauce to get your Chick Fil A fix, or enjoy them solo, or even atop a salad! There are lots of great ways to enjoy this quick frozen breaded chicken.

The air fryer keeps cooking time low, while delivering an amazing result. It’s perfect for your meals even on the busiest weeknights!

Plus, at home, you can make all sorts of fast food mashups that you couldn’t otherwise. Why not try some Arby’s Curly Fries in the Air Fryer to go with your chicken sandwich? I think it’s genius!

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Aldi’s Red Bag Chicken Air Fryer Method

Aldi’s red bag chicken cooks up perfectly in your air fryer for a quick and convenient meal. These breaded frozen chicken breast filets make for a great fast food substitute!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 280 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 24 Ounce frozen Aldi red bag chicken

For Copycat Chick Fil A Sandwiches (Optional Serving Suggestion):

  • 6 Brioche buns
  • 18 Dill pickle chips
  • 6 Tbsp Chick Fil A sauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F
  • Place the frozen Aldi red bag chicken into the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer (try not to overlap for best results)
    24 Ounce frozen Aldi red bag chicken
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 10 minutes at 400°F, pausing halfway through to flip the chicken, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F
  •  Serve on a sandwich or with your favorite sides
    6 Brioche buns, 18 Dill pickle chips, 6 Tbsp Chick Fil A sauce

Notes

  • You do not need to add any additional oil to the chicken before cooking, as it’s already frozen into the breading
  • My recipe for Aldi red bag chicken was tested in a Ninja air fryer and perfect at the 10-minute mark. Other makes and models may vary slightly in terms of cooking time
  • I can fit 4 cutlets in my 8-qt Ninja air fryer at a time. You can cook as many servings at a time as you like without changing cooking time, so long as they fit in the air fryer basket without overlapping
  • Store any leftover breaded chicken in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Do not refreeze once you’ve heated it once
  • To reheat Aldi red bag chicken, air fry for 4-5 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on toppings, sauces, or sides added, and actual quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 165gCalories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 32gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 1010mgPotassium: 386mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gIron: 1mg
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Katie Vine