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Air Fryer Chicken Breast

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This Air Fryer Chicken Breast recipe is delicious, versatile, easy, and faster than traditional oven cooking and with less oil! With all those attributes to recommend it, it’s no wonder this is one of our favorite, go-to ways to prepare chicken breasts. 



Cooking chicken breast in air fryer is a great way for meal prepping, easy weeknight dinners, lunches, or even to use in other entrees. There’s very little active work and the meat is perfectly moist and tender in a matter of minutes, giving you the best juicy air fryer chicken breast you’ve ever had.

Whether you’re looking for a quick and simple dinner or an easy way to prep chicken for another dish, this is the recipe for you! It’s amazing how much an air fryer simplifies cooking chicken, especially when it does it so well. 

This chicken breast air fryer recipe is one of our favorite ways to enjoy a flavorful chicken breast with our favorite side dish. A healthy meal in a matter of minutes is a win-win in my home! Plus this recipe uses simple ingredients! Two ingredient air fryer chicken, doesn’t get any easier, which makes this the perfect meal for busy weeknights!


Air Fryer Chicken Breasts - raw chicken breasts in air fryer basket


Can you cook frozen chicken breast in the air fryer?

While frozen chicken is great to have on hand, it can be quite difficult to remember to thaw it ahead of time. Or perhaps you’re like me, and you like to keep frozen chicken on hand for those in-between-shopping-trip days, but you would like it to not be boiled and shredded … enter the air fryer! 

You can enjoy delicious and tender meat straight from frozen when cooking chicken breast in air fryer! You don’t need to do anything different in terms of preparation; frozen chicken will simply require a longer cook time than thawed chicken. 

A general guideline is that frozen meat will take 50% longer to cook. So if you would normally cook the chicken for 14 minutes, plan on at least 21 for frozen chicken. 

This is where it comes in handy to have an instant read thermometer. If you want safely cooked — but not OVER cooked — meat, you definitely want to be using a thermometer to make sure it’s cooked just right! 


Air Fryer Chicken Breasts - olive oil being brushed onto breasts


How to cook chicken breast in air fryer?

This recipe is SO SIMPLE. It’s a piece of cake to cook boneless chicken breast in air fryer. To get started, you’ll need the following ingredients: 

  • Fresh Chicken breast – this easy recipe is for air fry chicken breast no breading, and I used boneless chicken breasts. If you’re cooking bone-in or other cuts of meat, your cook time might vary. Use a meat thermometer! 
  • Olive oil – brushing both sides of the chicken with olive oil prevents sticking and helps give the outside a bit of a crispy texture. 
  • Seasoning – use your favorite! Some of ours are lemon pepper, creole, steak seasoning, curry powder, homemade taco seasoning, Italian seasoning, seasoning salt, and good-old salt and pepper mixed with a little garlic powder and onion powder. 

Once you’ve got your awesomely short list of ingredients ready, it’s time to get cooking!

  1. Line the air fryer basket with foil for easy cleanup.
  2. Brush boneless skinless chicken breasts with oil and season. 
  3. Cook at 390 degrees, flipping breasts over partway through. 
  4. Serve! Let your chicken rest for a few minutes before cutting to ensure nice and juicy chicken.

Pro Tip:

  • Depending on the size of your chicken breasts, you may need to adjust the cook time. If you are using small breasts, cut the cook time down and check to ensure you do not over cook. If you are using larger breasts, try the cook time as stated and add more if needed.
  • We love dips! Dip your chicken in Honey Mustard, ranch, Chick-Fil-A sauce, barbecue or even ketchup!


Air Fryer Chicken Breasts - seasoning on chicken breasts


How long to cook chicken breast in air fryer?

Obviously there will be some variation between chicken breasts due to thickness, whether or not it’s frozen, etc. You’ll get the best results with your air fryer boneless chicken breast if you trim them to be similar in size. 

Typically I cook 4 chicken breasts in a single layer for about 7 minutes on one side, then flip and cook an additional 5-8 more minutes. Use a meat thermometer to ensure your chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. 

If you’re cooking a frozen chicken breast air fryer, then you’ll want to add about 50% more time to both sides of the cook times. For example, cook the first side for 10-11 minutes, flip, then continue cooking for another 8-12 minutes. 


Air Fryer Chicken Breasts - chicken breasts cooked first round, ready to be flipped


What temperature should chicken breast be when cooked fully?

Chicken breasts should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees to be safely and fully cooked. Overcooking the meat will give you tough, dry chicken instead of tender and moist!  

Be sure to use a meat thermometer to make sure you neither under nor over cook your chicken breasts! 

How to reheat chicken breast in an air fryer?

When reheating a chicken without breading, you’ll want to make sure to add a bit of fat to the outside to maintain moisture. I recommend brushing the chicken you want to reheat with oil or butter. Reheat for about 4 minutes at 375 degrees. 

It’s worth noting that cooked chicken leftovers can also be eaten cold. I especially love to eat leftover cold chicken on salad or with grains and veggies. 


Air Fryer Chicken Breasts - chicken breasts flipped and cooked for second round


What can I make with chicken breast?

We’ve got plenty of chicken ideas over here at Num’s the Word. Some of our current favorites are: 

  • Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
  • Chicken Salad Sandwiches
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip
  • Chicken and Avocado Wraps
  • Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

How to make juicy chicken breast in air fryer?

The most important key to making juicy and tender chicken in the air fryer is to NOT OVERCOOK it. And the best way to avoid overcooking your meat is to use a meat thermometer! 

Boneless chicken breast air fryer cook times can vary based on the size and thickness of your chicken breasts, as well as whether or not your meat is frozen or thawed. If you want to keep your meat juicy, be sure to cook it to 165 degrees, but try not to cook it more than that! 


Air Fryer Chicken Breasts - cooked chicken breasts on cutting board, sliced


Why is chicken tough sometimes?

Chicken tends to be tough when it is overcooked. This is especially true for baked, grilled, and air fryer chicken recipes because the meat is not being cooked in a liquid or fat. 

As I’ve mentioned a couple times above, be sure not to overcook the meat and aim for 165 degrees (or a little higher) for fully cooked, but still juicy and tender meat! 

How to store leftover air fryer chicken breasts?

If you’ve cooked too much, or are trying to meal prep for the week, storing your air fryer chicken breasts is easy! Simply put them in an airtight container or a freezer bag. Make sure to write the date on the container because as we all know food can sometimes get lost. This way you don’t have to remember when you made it but can simply determine if it’s still good to eat. We recommend you eat leftover chicken within 3-4 days of cooking.


Air Fryer Chicken Breasts - on plate with mashed potatoes and broccoli


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Air Fryer Chicken Breasts - fork holding up a piece to show the camera how tender it is.


Whether you’re meal prepping lunches or need a quick and easy dinner that’s healthy and filling, this is the recipe for you! This recipe is also great for preparing meat for other dishes. Air Fryer Chicken Breasts are one of the most convenient and effective ways of cooking chicken!


Yield: 4 Chicken Breasts

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

chicken on plate with mashed potatoes and broccoli

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts can be seasoned with your favorite seasonings and cooks in half the time as the oven. Low fat, gluten free, diary free and packed with flavor!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons seasoning - any (I used Creole Seasoning)


  1. Line the bottom of outer basket with foil. This helps with clean up. Do not line inner basket.
  2. Trim breasts according to personal tastes.
  3. Brush olive oil onto each breasts, both sides.
  4. Sprinkle seasoning onto each breast
  5. Place breasts into basket, try to keep a little space between each for even cooking.
  6. Place basket into air fryer and cook at 390* for 7 minutes.
  7. Remove basket and flip chicken breasts. Cook for 5 - 8 more minutes depending on thickness of breasts.(My breasts cooked for 7 then 7 more minutes.) Internal temperature of chicken should be 165*F when fully cooked. By over cooking chicken, it will taste dry.
  8. Remove from Air Fryer and serve with favorite sides.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 2368mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 37g
Originally Posted: April 12, 2019

Photos & Text Updated: July 6, 2022

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Marie Floriolli Seewald

Thursday 7th of July 2022

If you have tried a whole chicken in the air fryer, you don't know what you are missing..the most moist inside & crispy on the outside. Set fryer on 400, cook ''breast side down 30 mins. then turn over cook 30 mins breast side up. By cooking it breast side down, the breast wont get over brown. Prepare whole chicken. Air Fryer Delight Whole Chicken

Prepare chicken, wash entire chicken inside and out.. Pat dry, set aside.

In a cup, I prepare my season mix and stir good. 1 Tlb. garlic powder 3/4 tsp. salt 1/3 tsp. Black Pepper 1/4 tsp. celery seed/powder 1-2 tsp. Paprika Pinch of Cayenne Pepper Parsley, chives and what ever you like in the season family. I really don't measure my season mix, so I am just guesting the measurements. Do your own thing for you/your family taste. Mix well.

I get my fingers/hand up under the skin, I nip with the point of scissor the 2 areas that don't pull away from meat as easy be careful you don't cut skin. No big thing if you do, but looks prettier as it is resting. I start from the neck area to back butt, I push my fingers as far as I can into the thigh/leg. I turn over the chicken and do back the same way. I wash and dry my hands good then rub the season mixture under the skin starting with breast, thighs, then if left under the back. Be very careful, as you can rip the skin. You take your time and you can do it. Place whole chicken in air fryer "BREAST DOWN" IN THE AIR FRYER." Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Then turn it over ''with breast up'' cook another 30 mins.. Remove place on cutting board to ''rest for 10-15 mins. Then carve after rest. This will be so moist the you would think it was cooked in a pressure cooker. You will see the juices running out. I use the drippings to make gravy. No oil at all is use. I have served this many times to family and friends that they could not believe how moist it is. Then went out and bought the same Air Fryer as I have. Really any brand will do. Marie Floriolli Seewald


Monday 1st of March 2021

Recipes always say to preheat airfryer. Do you preheat?


Saturday 20th of March 2021

I do not. You certainly can, but with my brand, GoWise Air Fryer, I never have. :)

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