This is how I make basic Air Fryer chicken breast. These are great with a couple simple sides for a quick dinner, and they also work great for meal prep.
News flash! Your trusty air fryer is good for more than just breaded things, y’all. 😎 This recipe shows how to make air fryer chicken breast without flour or breading. It resembles a grilled chicken breast, but without a grill.
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I am loving making this basic air fryer chicken breast. Tender, juicy, delicious and perfect to eat over salads, with rice and veggies or on sandwiches. So versatile and simple! It is our family’s most used chicken recipe.
After testing this recipe many, many times I think I finally cracked the code.
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How to make air fryer chicken breast
First, gather your ingredients.
The ingredients are pretty simple:
- uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast
- garlic powder or granulated garlic
- salt and pepper
- cooking spray (optional)
Other seasonings I have added that are good to include, but not necessary for the base recipe: chili powder, paprika, basil, chives, thyme, onion powder. You can also use no oil, or drizzle a bit of olive oil or avocado oil and rub to apply (prior to sprinkling seasoning), rather than use cooking spray. This recipe is super adaptable.
There are a few things you need to be aware of before you make air fryer chicken breast. Let me just say that the air fryer is a quick cooker. It cooks faster than your typical oven.
So I recommend paying very close attention to cook time when air frying chicken, or any meat. This includes time passed after the air fryer has shut off.
You may think it’s okay to leave the chicken breast sitting in there for ten minutes until the rest of dinner is done. Nope! 🙅🏼♀️You need to remove these promptly because they will keep cooking and dry out.
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If your air fryer has a knob timer like mine does, I would recommend using a more accurate digital timer instead.
Examples: the timer on your phone, the timer on your microwave, etc. Because these cook so fast, the smallest variance tends to make a big difference.
For your convenience, I have included a table of recommended cook times in the notes section of the recipe card below, based on the results of said testing.🤓👊🏻 I want to help you get that tender and juicy result.
Size most definitely matters when air frying chicken. First, a kitchen scale will be most helpful in getting best results. You need to know the weight of your chicken breasts to know how long to cook them.
The next best option is to try to eyeball a package of similar sized chicken breasts at the store. You can then take the total weight listed on the package and divide by the number of chicken breasts in the package.
Now that you have gathered your ingredients and read all the tips, you are ready to season the meat on both sides of the chicken. I am using my go-to basic chicken seasoning: garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Normally I don’t measure this when I am making it for myself. I am really good at eyeballing it.
But I went ahead and measured everything out for y’all. I tried mixing everything together in a blend and just spooning it on. It worked out great.👌🏻
You will want to season the presentation side first. This would be the smooth side of the chicken breast. I spray mine with a little cooking spray, and sprinkle it with the seasoning blend.
Next, place the chicken breast seasoned side down into the air fryer basket. Then spray and season side two, which is now facing upward. Now you are ready to start cooking!
Cooking air fryer chicken breast
Wondering how long to air fry chicken breasts and at what temperature? I set my timer for half the estimated cook time: 10 minutes in my case. Then I cook at 360 degrees for that time. No need to preheat.
Next, I use tongs to flip over the chicken breasts. Then cook for the remaining time, 10 minutes in my case (for a total of 20 minutes cook time). See chart in recipe notes below for more suggested cook times!
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Remove the chicken breasts from the air fryer immediately, and allow them to rest for at least 5 minutes. This will allow the juices to redistribute and result in juicier chicken breasts.
Serve and enjoy!
Frequently asked questions
Storage Tips & Leftover Ideas
You can store leftover air fryer chicken breast in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. For refrigeration, an airtight storage container works best. You could also use aluminum foil.
For freezer, I recommend a freezer bag, with most of the air pockets removed. Those vacuum sealers are awesome. SO definitely feel free to use one if you have one. Honestly, just patting the bag flat with your hand to remove most of the air pockets prior to sealing works fine too.
I always make extra air fryer chicken breasts because they are so good on many other dishes throughout the week. Some of our favorites are chicken pasta bake, chicken pesto pasta and Greek salad with chicken.
What to serve with on the side
Here are a few of my favorite sides to serve with air fryer chicken breasts:
- Instant Pot “Baked” Sweet Potatoes
- Instant Pot black eyed peas
- Lemon garlic roasted Brussels sprouts
- Quinoa Black Bean salad
- Roasted broccoli and mushrooms
- Tortellini pasta salad
- Spiralizer Greek salad
- Greek quinoa salad
- Roasted green beans
- Greek pasta salad
- Classic potato salad (includes Instant Pot instructions)
- Greek potato salad
- Roasted thyme carrots
Also, if you are looking for more air fryer recipes, be sure and check out ALL my air fryer recipes here.
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Note: Air fryer chicken breasts originally appeared on A Pinch of Healthy February 25, 2019.
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