Air Fryer Chicken Breast

  • author  Eliza
  • Updated July 26th, 2019

How to cook a perfect juicy chicken breast in your air fryer. This is the ultimate in easy mid-week dinners, and is paleo, gluten free and keto.

Air Fryer Chicken Breast
Air fried chicken breast.

Air frying is a great way to cook chicken breast. You can grill or roast it by varying the mount of oil used (a light brush of oil for grilling, a little more for roasting). This air fried chicken breast recipe makes a great mid week dinner, so healthy, delicious, and easy to cook.

How to prepare air fryer chicken breast

I usually buy skinless chicken breast for air frying, but you can also use skin-on if you want more traditional roasted chicken breast with crispy skin.

To prepare, pat the chicken breast dry, drizzle with a little cooking oil, then add the seasoning and flip the chicken breast over to ensure it is coated with the seasoning on all sides.

For seasoning, I often use store-bought chicken spices [affiliate link], but you can easily make your own. Here are some that I also use:

  • salt, ground pepper, paprika, and ground cumin
  • basil pesto
  • rosemary, thyme and a little salt if you want traditional style roasted chicken breast

Air Fryer Chicken Breast

Air Fryer Chicken Breast

How to cook a perfect succulent chicken breast in an air fryer. This is the ultimate in easy mid-week dinners, and is paleo, gluten free and keto.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Global
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 262kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 390°F (200°C).
  • Pat chicken breast dry, drizzle (or spray) with oil, and season with chicken spices. 
  • Spray the air fryer basket with oil to help prevent the chicken breast from sticking.
  • Place chicken breast in air fryer basket, and set to cook for 12-15 minutes.  The time will depend on how thick the chicken breast is, and will also vary depending on the type of air fryer you have.
  • Rest the chicken for 5 minutes. This step is important, as the chicken continues to cook while it is resting, and needs this time for the center to reach the required temperature.
  • Chicken is cooked if the juices run clear when you stick a knife in the thickest part. If you are unsure check with a meat thermometerinternal temperature should be 165°F (75°C), or slice the chicken breast before serving to ensure it is cooked through. 

Nutrition

Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 263mg | Potassium: 836mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.4mg

What to serve with air fried chicken breast

I often serve chicken breast with a side salad, but here are some other easy recipes for side dishes to go with this air fryer chicken recipe: