JUICY Air Fryer Chicken Breast

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 2 servings

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This Air Fryer Chicken Breast is perfectly seasoned and incredibly juicy! It is golden and crispy on the outside and SO flavorful!

New to the air fryer recipes? Check out my Best Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners or my 50 Best Air Fryer Recipes post!

overhead image of two air fryer chicken breasts in air fryer basket.

The Air Fryer has quickly become one of our favorite way to cook certain things, and chicken is definitely one of them.

Spoiler: this Air Fryer Chicken Breast is outstanding.

I started with a simple seasoning based on this Slow Cooker Chicken Breast and these Pan Fried Chicken Breasts — when you’ve got a good thing going, why change it?!

They turn out perfectly every time, and are almost completely hands off (other than a couple minutes prep!).

Love a crispy coating? You might want to try these Air Fryer Chicken Tenders or Air Fryer Fried Chicken!

I’m sharing all my tips and tricks below to make sure your air fryer chicken turns out just the way you want it!

Why we love to cook chicken breasts in the air fryer:

  • I mean, they’re perfect: they come out with the perfect combination of golden on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside!
  • Less babysitting: I don’t have to worry about them burning, or sticking, or overcooking like I do when I’m cooking them in a skillet.
  • You don’t have to heat up the oven: while I love my Baked Chicken Breasts, you do need to turn on the oven. In the summer time, why not air fry them instead? It’s more energy efficient and they cook up super quick!
  • They’re great for meal prep: whether you just want some cooked chicken for sandwiches, salads, or easy lunches, they’re easy enough that you can make a batch on the weekend and enjoy them over the next few days.
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“Thank you for sharing this recipe. I used the seasonings you show in the recipe and it turned out great. It was golden brown on the outside and very juicy inside. Great flavor and a great recipe for one!!!” Marie

“This is the first air fryer recipe I have used. I was intimidated by 1) cooking and 2) using my new air fryer. This recipe came out perfect! My kids and hubby loved it. Thank you!” CM

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How long do I cook chicken breast in the air fryer?

Well, it depends!

It depends on your air fryer temperature and how thick your chicken breasts are.

I like to cook my chicken breasts for a shorter time at a higher temperature, so I opt for 400 degrees F for a cook time of 10-15 minutes.

uncooked chicken breasts in air fryer.

The exact cook time is hard to tell, and will depend on the size and shape of your chicken breast.

For better results, you can use a heavy rolling pin or flat meat mallet to flatten any thicker parts of your chicken breasts so that they cook more evenly — although I don’t usually go through this extra step.

And always be sure to check the internal temperature with an instant read thermometer to ensure it reaches 165 degrees F.

Is air fryer chicken healthy?

Air fryer Chicken Breasts aren’t really any healthier than chicken breasts that are cooked with the same ingredients on the stove top, in the oven, or in the slow cooker.

The air fryer is a healthier method than deep frying food, so this air fryer chicken breast is healthier than deep fried chicken, but that’s not really an equal comparison.

That being said, chicken breasts are still a lean protein option, and we love cooking them in the air fryer because they are the juiciest we’ve ever had! (Check out this photo taken right after I sliced them!)

two slices of juice air fryer chicken breast on white board.

Variations on this Air Fryer Chicken Breast recipe:

  • Swap breasts for thighs: you can swap boneless, skinless chicken thighs for the chicken breasts in the recipe and you won’t need to change the recipe much — I would set your air fryer timer for 8 minutes and then check for doneness with a meat thermometer, as they are usually smaller than chicken breasts. (I also recommend checking out this Air Fryer Chicken Thighs recipe!)
  • Swap the seasoning: have a go-to seasoning blend of spices you love? It will work perfectly here! Think garlic herb, cajun, barbecue, taco, Greek — any dry blend can be substituted. Just sprinkle on both sides evenly before cooking.

How do you keep chicken breast from drying out in the Air Fryer?

That’s easy! Just be sure to cook it until it’s done, and not more than that.

Chicken breasts dry out when they are overcooked because they are so lean, so the best way to have juicy Air Fryer Chicken Breasts is to use a meat thermometer to watch the internal temperature (165 degrees F is what you’re looking for!).

plate with one whole chicken breast and one sliced chicken breast.

What to serve with this air fryer chicken breast:

This chicken breast is a versatile protein that goes with so many things!

Slice it to top a Caesar salad, stir it into your favorite pasta or Buttered Noodles, or serve with some of our favorite sides:

Leftover Air Fryer Chicken Breasts? Use it in these recipes!

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Air Fryer Chicken Breast

5 from 61 votes
This Air Fryer Chicken Breast is perfectly seasoned and incredibly juicy! It is golden and crispy on the outside and SO flavorful!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 2 servings
Calories 194cal

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees according to manufacturer's instructions if your air fryer requires preheating (I simply turn mine to 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes while I prepare the chicken)
  • Pat chicken dry and rub with canola oil.
  • In a small bowl, combine salt, parsley, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika. Sprinkle over both sides of the chicken.
  • Lightly spray the inside of the air fryer basket with non stick spray and place the chicken breasts in the bottom.
  • Place the basket inside the air fryer and set the cook time for 12 minutes (a couple minutes more or less depending on the size of your chicken breasts — keeping in mind you can always easily add more time but you can't take it away).
  • At the end of the cook time, check the internal temperature of the thickest part of the chicken with a meat thermometer to ensure it has reached 165 degrees F. If it has not, return it to the air fryer for 2-3 minutes until cooked through.
  • Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 194cal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 713mg | Potassium: 418mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. teresa says

    this is exactly what I needed today! perfect for last minute dinners or when you need something fast – that is also cooked well!

  2. Ambika says

    Hi Ashley, thanks for the recipe. I had an Air fryer and was not using that much
    So I gave it to my son. How can I make this recipe with the regular oven, please.

  3. Pam says

    Thanks for the recipe, most of mine required marinating and I needed something quick and easy. This worked and turned out just as good as those I’ve done that require 2-3 hrs marinating. I was going to change the seasoning up a bit, but left it as is and was happy I did. We have a Ninja Foodi 8 qt and we work it to death, love it. Will definitely keep this recipe for future.

  4. Gina says

    This is my absolute favorite recipe for air fryer chicken breasts! Always moist and tender, and definitely tasty!!! My husband isn’t a huge fan of chicken, however, he loves it when I make them now! Thank you, Ashley, for sharing this fabulous, easy recipe ❤️

  5. CLAUDIA HUTCHINGS says

    Great easy recipe! Right up my alley after a work day. I thought the chicken breast was simply delicious

  6. Dr. Sheila says

    I have never been able to cook thick moist chicken breasts …
    Until this‼️
    My husband and I enjoyed every bite. It was like we were in a first class restaurant, no kidding.
    Thanks so much. It was succulent 😋

  7. Carolyn says

    Was super easy to make and surprisingly tasty! I passed the recipe over to my family as it was that good.

  8. Stacey says

    This air fry chicken recipe is so easy and is extremely delicious.!!!!
    Thank you , a definite recipe I will be making Again and again.

  9. April Campbell says

    Hi all I cook almost every night in my Air fryer !! I love it ….makes the juiciest meals from chicken to burgers to steaks ! My sirloin tastes like it belongs in a restaurant !! Everything is juicier in the air fryer and takes less time ! Thank you for this recipe also delicious ! Experiment and have fun

    • GrammaDonna says

      I also have the “Instant” brand 6qt. Vortex Plus Air Fryer (pull out basket type) and the Pampered Chef 11.6qt. (rotisserie oven type) Air Fryer…and often have them both on the go to get dinner on the table – I hardly use my oven anymore.
      I have made this outstanding easy, quick and delicious recipe a number of times in both type air fryers with excellent results from either one.
      The temperature and cook time are spot on for perfectly cooked and juicy chicken breasts.
      The seasonings are perfect as written, but for a change of taste I sometimes change up the seasonings…such as sub in Italian seasoning for the dried parsley.
      Sometimes I oil the chicken and sprinkle on homemade taco seasoning mix…sliced and served on a bed of salad greens, corn, (canned or frozen, cooked and cooled) rinsed and drained black beans, chopped colored peppers, and red onion (or green onion, sliced) with Ranch dressing mixed with a bit of taco seasoning and served with tortilla chips for some crunch makes a delicious “Chicken Taco Salad” 😋
      Thank you Ashley for posting this excellent and versatile recipe!!!

  10. Connie says

    I have an air fryer that is more like a toaster oven (Cuisinart). I haven’t tried cooking much in it other than French fries. Will this recipe work the same in this type of air fryer? It looks so delicious.

    • Karen Leslie Breschini says

      Connie, to answer your question, I just finished cooking using my Ninja air fryer that looks like a toaster oven and it turned out great! I use my air fryer almost every night now. I don’t know where I put the pamphlet so I’m constantly googling cook times. I’m grateful this recipe popped up! I made five large breasts after pounding the thick part down a bit for even cooking, coated with avocado oil and used my own blend of seasoning. They were the moistest chicken breasts we’ve ever eaten. Thanks to Ashley for sharing your knowledge! Much appreciated!

  11. Gina says

    I’m just getting into my air fryer too and having just made a whole rotisserie chicken in it, I’m HOOKED on using it for chicken now. This is such a great recipe for juicy chicken breasts when I don’t have the patience for a whole bird!

  12. Mel says

    My chicken came out looking exactly like your pictures! Thanks for this incredibly easy and delicious new way to cook chicken. Can’t wait to have it again.

  13. Kristyn says

    Using the air fryer takes no time at all! I have found my new way to make chicken. It comes out so good & tender!

  14. Natalie says

    This recipe makes the perfect chicken! It’s great alone or for so many other recipes. I can’t believe how juicy it is!

  15. Erin says

    Hey Ashley! I am kind of new to the air fryer world and I was curious if you could do the chicken breast recipe using FROZEN chicken? I am terrible about planning meals and hardly ever have chicken thawed 🤦‍♀️

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