Ready in less than a half hour, these really delicious air fryer chicken breasts are tender, juicy, and flavorful. 

Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: This is a quick way to cook chicken which you can eat as is, or add to recipes that call for cooked chicken.

How long it takes: 28 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: air fryer
Servings: 2 (but it’s easy to make more)

Cut cooked and seasoned chicken breast on a cutting board.
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You’ll be amazed at how tasty plain ol’ boneless skinless chicken breasts can be. With just a minimal amount of seasoning and very little prep time, low calorie chicken breasts can be transformed into a really delicious meal. 

When you slice into an air fried chicken breast, expect to see juicy meat with a perfectly done exterior. It’s almost surprising. There’s no breading or fancy tricks.

I don’t know why I would be surprised because pretty much everything I’ve tried in my air fryer has been very, very good. If you haven’t tried air fryer salmon yet, don’t wait, it’s a total game changer. Air fryer breaded pork chops and air fryer pork tenderloin turn out so juicy and tender, you won’t believe it. We love air fryer meatballs and air fryer meatloaf, too.

Vegetables can be cooked in your air fryer, too, like air fryer Brussels sprouts and air fryer broccoli.

About This Air Fryer Chicken recipe

Versatile. Air fryer chicken breasts are a blank palette. In just a minute, I’ll show you how to season them to your hearts’ content. But the versatility doesn’t end there. The chicken can be marinated before cooking. Try one of these 9 great recipes for chicken marinades.

Lots of ways to use it. Perfectly cooked air fryer chicken can be used in so many recipes or meals. Keep reading for lots of ideas. The chicken can easily be made ahead and frozen for meals later on.

Overhead view of a cooked chicken breast in a black air fryer basket.

What you’ll need

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts: This recipe is written for 2 boneless breasts, about 6 oz. each. You can do larger quantities if you like. Keep reading if you prefer dark meat or a different cut of chicken.
  • Olive Oil: I like the flavor of olive oil and the fact that it is heart-healthy. Any type of oil will do so use what you have.
  • Salt and Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika, Dried Parsley: This basic seasoning mix can be used on all types of meat and vegetables.

How To Make Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

Mix together the seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and dried parsley). If you happen to have a jar of my homemade all-purpose seasoning mix, you can simply substitute that.

Season the chicken. Add a spoonful of oil and stir it into the seasoning. Coat the meat with the oil and seasoning mix, rubbing it on all sides.

Air fry. Air fry for ten minutes; flip, and air fry another six to eight minutes or until the chicken is done. The FAQ section has more information about how to tell if the chicken is completely cooked through.

Let the chicken rest for five minutes or so to let the juices settle down. At this point, you can serve it whole or slice it before you serve it.

Serve it with dill potato salad, crockpot mac and cheese (ready in just 2 hours), or zucchini casserole for a win at the dinner table. Top the chicken with hot honey, smoky chipotle salsa, or homemade BBQ sauce for exciting flavor.

Close up of sliced cooked chicken.

FAQs

How do you prevent chicken from drying out?

Most importantly, don’t overcook it! Use an instant read thermometer to make sure you don’t cook it too long. You can also marinate your chicken. We love balsamic chicken marinade, honey mustard chicken marinade, and Italian chicken marinade.

Cooking Tip

The internal temperature of the chicken on an instant read thermometer should be close to 165°F. The juices should run clear, not bloody or pink. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving. The temperature will continue to rise a bit. Don’t overcook the chicken because it will get dry and tough.
Two chicken breasts in an air fryer basket, overhead view.

Make It Your Own

Make-Ahead Ideas

Air fryer chicken is great for meal prepping. Buy a large pack of boneless skinless chicken breasts and air fry the whole pack (in batches depending on the size of your air fryer). Cool and freeze or refrigerate the meat in resealable bags for easy meals later on. The chicken is really perfect sliced on a salad, and works great for tons of other meals, too (see the list below).

Storage & Reheating Tips

Refrigerate/Freeze: Cooked chicken can be stored in the fridge, well-wrapped, for up to 4 days. Store in the freezer for up to one month.

Reheat: If the chicken is frozen, thaw it overnight in the fridge. Reheat gently in the microwave or in a skillet on the stove. It’s great cold, too! 

Recipes Using Cooked Chicken

While these chicken breasts are perfectly good on their own, they also are wonderful used in other recipes. Slice the chicken and put it on a bun with your favorite toppings. Or try:

Recipe

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

4.58 from 21 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 28 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Ready in less than a half hour, these really delicious air fryer chicken breasts are tender, juicy, and flavorful. 
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Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Preheat air fryer to 375°F for 5 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together oil and seasonings. Rub all sides of the chicken with seasoning mixture.
  • Place in air fryer and cook for 10 minutes, flip, and continue to cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165ºF when checked with an instant read thermometer. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • For 8 ounce chicken breasts, cook for 10 minutes, flip, and continue to cook for 9 to 11 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165ºF when checked with an instant read thermometer.
  • Substitute my all-purpose seasoning for the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and parsley. You’ll need 2 ¾ teaspoons.
  • Leftover chicken can be refrigerated for up to 4 days or frozen for at least 1 month. For best results, thaw frozen chicken overnight in the fridge before reheating. 

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Nutrition

Serving: 1chicken breast, Calories: 169kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 714mg, Potassium: 439mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 74IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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8 Comments

  1. Pam says:

    do i need to put paper filters?

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Are you talking about an air fryer liner? I don’t use those typically.

  2. Rosana Alabama says:

    I just got my brand new air fryer! I’m going to start with this recipe, wish me the best of luck. By the way, I’m practicing a lot of english thanks to your blog, there’s so many new words that I can use now.

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Thanks Rosana! I hope you love the air fryer! Thanks for leaving a comment!

  3. Mandy says:

    Did you use fresh or frozen chicken breasts?

  4. Denise says:

    looks so good–and easy!

    I almost bought an air fryer yesterday.

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      I love mine more and more every time I use it!