Air Fryer Chicken Breasts – Spend With Pennies

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Air Fryer chicken breasts are a light and delicious dinner that’s ready in 20 minutes.

Cooking chicken breasts in the air fryer makes is so easy and they come out tender and juicy every time.

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Ready in Less Than 20 Minutes

  • This air fryer chicken breast recipe needs just a couple of minutes of prep.
  • It uses only a handful of ingredients.
  • Use the seasonings below, your favorite chicken seasoning, or any seasoning mix you have on hand.
  • The results are incredibly juicy every single time. Hands down, one of our favorite 20-minute meals!
Ingredients for air fryer chicken breast

Ingredients for Air Fryer Chicken Breast

Chicken Breasts can range in size from 5oz to 10oz. This recipe is for boneless skinless chicken breasts sized 6-7oz. Four 6oz chicken breasts will weigh about 1 1/2 lbs.

Seasonings are simple. Olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, kosher salt, and pepper are all that’s needed.

Seasoning Variations

Add other seasonings to the blend in the recipe, or swap the seasonings and your favorite spice mixture. Try taco seasoning, lemon pepper, or Greek seasoning for something new. A few swipes of BBQ sauce will add a great flavor and sticky exterior.

How to Air Fry Chicken Breasts

NOTE: this is for 6-7 oz chicken breasts. Chicken breasts can range in size from 5oz to 10oz. Adjust cook time as needed.

  1. Rub chicken breasts with a little olive oil and seasoning (per the recipe below).
  2. Place in the air fryer basket, allowing space around each chicken breast.
  3. Cook for 16-19 minutes, flipping after 10 minutes.

Serve air fryer chicken breasts on their own or slice them for salads, pasta, or meal prep.

NOTE:  Appliances can vary – be sure to check the chicken a few minutes early to ensure it doesn’t overcook.

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Tips for Juicy Chicken

  • Check for doneness a few minutes before cooking should be done by inserting a meat thermometer in the thickest part.
  • Chicken should reach 165°F but will continue to cook once removed from the air fryer to remove it from the air fryer when it reaches 162°F.
  • Let the chicken breasts rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts are perfectly seasoned, tender & juicy!

Prep Time 4 minutes

Cook Time 16 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Seasoning Mix (or use your favorite seasoning blend)

  • Preheat the air fryer to 370°F.

  • In a small bowl, combine the seasoning mix.

  • Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and then rub it with olive oil. Season with the seasoning mix or your own preferred blend.

  • Place the chicken breasts in the air fryer, ensuring that they don’t overlap.

  • Cook the chicken for 10 minutes. Flip the chicken over and cook for an additional 6-9 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F. Be sure not to overcook.

  • Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove it from the air fryer and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

For best results, use an instant-read thermometer to ensure chicken reaches 165°F. For juicy chicken breast, do not overcook.
Cook time can vary slightly based on the size/shape of chicken, the cooking times are for 6-7 oz chicken breasts. Chicken breasts can range in size from 5oz to 10oz and appliances can vary. Adjust cook time as needed.
Other seasoning options include garlic powder, onion powder, and/or Italian seasoning, Greek seasoning blend, cajun seasoning, or lemon pepper.
If your chicken breasts fit in your basket without overlapping, you can use 4 chicken breasts. If they’re extra large, cook them in batches or just use 3 chicken breasts (seasoning will remain the same). Larger chicken breasts will need an extra minute or two of cooking time.

Calories: 174 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course air fryer, Chicken, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat
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