How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

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Easy air fryer chicken breast

How to make tender, juicy chicken breasts in the air fryer!

Easy air fryer chicken breasts are great as a simple main dish or meal prep to use in other recipes, like BBQ chicken pizza, chicken taquitos, chicken alfredo, chicken broccoli rice casserole, and so many more!

I have tried cooking chicken breasts in the air fryer a few different ways – brining the chicken and without brining. Side by side, I hardly noticed a difference! The brined chicken breast was a bit saltier, but both were very juicy and delicious. Might as well skip the brining, in my opinion.

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How to cook chicken breasts in the air fryer

Pound down the thicker end of each chicken breast. This helps to even out the thickness so they will cook more evenly and quickly. The Norpro Meat Pounder makes quick work of it.

Spritz the chicken with oil. I like to use an avocado oil spray, but any olive oil or avocado oil will work. Just a thin layer to coat is needed.

air fryer chicken seasoning

Next, it is time to season the chicken breasts. Use any dry rub or your favorite chicken seasoning. This air fryer chicken recipe includes a nice, simple seasoning mix with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, smoked paprika, and a little bit of cayenne pepper.

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How long to cook chicken breast in the air fryer?

Air fryer chicken breast is so easy and fast! Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the chicken and your air fryer, but for a 6-ounce chicken breast, pounded to even thickness, it takes about 10 minutes. Turn the chicken breast over halfway through cooking to ensure even browning. I have the Philips XXL Airfryer and love it!

Using an instant read thermometer is the best way to tell when the chicken is done. You want the center of the thickest part of the chicken breast to reach 165°F.

air fryer chicken breast recipe

Let the air fryer chicken breasts rest for about 5 minutes after cooking and before slicing to maximize juiciness. I hope you enjoy this simple way to cook chicken breast in the air fryer. So quick and easy!

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air fryer chicken breast

Easy air fryer chicken breast

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

You'll love my tips for quick and easy air fryer chicken breasts! Perfect as a main dish or use the chicken to compliment your favorite salad or pasta bowl!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts about 6 ounces each
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • olive or avocado oil spray

Instructions

  • Pound the thicker end of each chicken breast to even it out so they will cook more evenly. Pat chicken dry with paper towel.
  • In a small bowl, combine salt, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
  • Spritz chicken with oil and rub to coat. Season both sides of chicken with the seasoning.
  • Place chicken in the air fryer basket in a single layer, no overlapping. Cook at 380˚F/193˚C for about 10 minutes, turning halfway, until cooked through and instant read thermometer inserted into center of thickest part reads 155˚F/68˚C.
  • Let chicken rest for 5-10 minutes to finish cooking, then slice and serve.

Recipe Notes

Cooking time may vary depending on air fryer and chicken breast size. Use a meat thermometer to ensure your chicken doesn't overcook and dry out.

Nutrition

Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 713mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

Recipe Adapted From: Skinny Taste

Ingredients: Cayenne Pepper, Chicken, Garlic, Onion, Paprika, Parsley
Meal Type: 30-Minute Meals, Main Dish, Clean Eating, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb and Keto
Categories: Meat and Poultry, Air Fryer

Comments & Reviews

    5 stars
    Do you preheat your air fryer? It doesn’t seem to be included on many of your recipes, though I do miss things. : ) I’ve found after preheating, by the time the drawer of the Cosori is opened and I get everything situated inside, some/a lot (?) of the heat has dissipated anyway, so maybe not that important? Thanks!

      I’ve found that I don’t need to preheat the air fryer for most of my recipes. I like to preheat it when I want my foods to have a little extra sear on it (like for air fryer steak or pork chops). Unless your air fryer instruction manual says you need to preheat, it is optional.

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