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Air Fryer Chicken Breast

Perfect, succulent air fryer chicken breast. This is the ultimate in no-fuss quick mid-week dinners, and as a bonus is paleo, gluten free and keto.

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Air fryer chicken breast with salad
Air fried chicken breast

How to cook chicken breast in an air fryer

Air frying is a great way to cook chicken breast. You can grill or roast it by varying the amount 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!

Ingredients

  • 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.
  • Oil: I use light olive oil in my air fryer, but any cooking poil with a high smoke point will do (try avocado oil, vegetable oil).
  • Seasoning: For seasoning, I often use store-bought chicken spices*, 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. This is great if you are using skin-on chicken breast.

Directions

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.

Place the chicken breast in the air fryer. If you are cooking more than one, ensure they are not touching.

Air fry chicken for around 20 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Rest covered with kitchen foil for at least 5 minutes.

How long to air fry chicken breast?

The exact cooking time for chicken breast in the air fryer depends on a few factors, including how large the chicken breast is (in particular how thick), and how powerful your air fryer is.

Expect it to take around 20 minutes, with a smaller thinner chicken breast being closer to 15 minutes, and a large chicken breast needing 25 minutes or more in the air fryer to cook through.

How do you know when its cooked?

You can tell when chicken is cooked because the juices run clear when you stick a knife in the thickest part. This is not something that you want to get wrong, as under-cooked chicken can be dangerous, so if you are at all unsure slice the chicken breast before serving to ensure it is cooked through (it should be white the whole way through, with no pink remaining).

The best and safest way to tell how long to cook a chicken breast in the air fryer is to use a meat thermometer. If you don’t have one, please consider getting one. Think of it as an investment, you will never again have to worry about whether your chicken is under-cooked, and will never ruin it by overcooking!

With chicken you are aiming for an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C), but remember that the temperature of the meat will continue to rise a little while it rests, so you can remove it from the air fryer when it reaches around 163°F, but continue to measure the temperature while it rests to ensure that it reaches the target!

I recently discovered the Meater* – this is a truly wireless meat thermometer. It is like a skewer that you stick in the chicken and then it uses Bluetooth to tell your phone when the meat is ready. I use it way more than I expected, and it is just perfect to use with an air fryer as there are no wires.

Chicken breast in air fryer with Meater meat thermometer
Air Fried Chicken Breast with Meater meat thermometer

What to serve with this recipe

For a super easy light dinner I often serve chicken breast with a side salad or some easy vegetable sides like microwave steamed vegetables.

You can also cook sides in the air fryer as well as the chicken. This is the process I use:

  1. Pre-cook the vegetables ahead of the chicken, minus 5 minutes
  2. Remove them from the air fryer, place in a bowl and keep covered with kitchen foil while you cook the chicken
  3. When the chicken is finished air frying, remove to a plate to rest covered with foil (reuse the foil from the vegetables)
  4. Toss the vegetables back in the air fryer and finish cooking for five minutes while the chicken rests.

Here are some of my favorites to go with chicken breast:

Air Fryer Chicken Breast Recipe Card

Air fryer chicken breast with salad
Yield: 1 serving

Air Fryer Chicken Breast

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

How to cook chicken breast in an air fryer.

Ingredients

  • 1 (7oz) chicken breast, skinless
  • 1 tsp chicken seasoning
  • olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 390°F (200°C).
  2. Pat chicken breast dry, drizzle (or spray) with oil, and season with chicken spices.  Seasoned chicken breast in glass bowl
  3. Spray the air fryer basket with oil to help prevent the chicken breast from sticking.
  4. Place chicken breast in air fryer basket, and air fry for 15-20 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. Chicken breast in air fryer basket
  5. When the chicken is done remove it from the air fryer and rest covered with foil for 5 minutes. This step is important, as the chicken continues to cook while it is resting, and it allows the meat to reabsorb the juices so it stays moist.
  6. 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 thermometer (internal temperature must reach at least 165°F / 75°C in the thickest part). 
  7. Serve with salad or fresh steamed vegetables.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 263mgCarbohydrates: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 48g

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