Tender & Juicy Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

updated Jun 29, 2021
Air Fryer Chicken Breast

The air fryer is your answer for always juicy, always tender boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Serves4

Prep5 minutes

Cook20 minutes to 22 minutes

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air fryer chicken breast cut up on a plate
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Cyd McDowell

There’s certainly no shortage of ways to cook chicken breasts. But if you commit just one to memory, let it be this foolproof air fryer method. Season the chicken simply with dried herbs and spices, then let the air fryer do the rest, cooking the chicken and keeping your counters clean. The result? Juicy, perfectly cooked chicken breasts every single time.

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Cyd McDowell

Getting to Know Your Air Fryer

Cooking in an air fryer is not actually frying. An air fryer is simply a countertop convection oven that has a fan that circulates hot air quickly and evenly around food. The tornado of fast-flowing air blows through the perforated basket, browning and cooking the food quickly and evenly. It’s important to check your air fryer’s instruction manual before beginning. Some machines require preheating, while others come to temperature rapidly with no wait required. Additionally, while the temperature on most air fryers can be adjusted, others have a single heat setting.

How to Cook Chicken Breasts in an Air Fryer

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are versatile and quick-cooking, making them a staple on our grocery lists. If you have the time, season them well in advance — an hour or two is ideal, but not required. The all-purpose seasoning blend included here will pair well whatever is on your meal plan, but you can also swap in your favorite spice blend instead.

Choose the temperature setting based on the heat level available on your machine, or according to how much time you have. Flip the chicken breasts halfway through cooking to ensure they cook evenly and develop rich color on all sides. Air frying is one of the easiest ways to cook reliably juicy chicken breasts, but the only foolproof way to know when the chicken is done is with an instant-read thermometer. When the temperature in the thickest part of the chicken breast registers 165°F, it’s done.

Air Fryer Chicken Breast

The air fryer is your answer for always juicy, always tender boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 20 minutes to 22 minutes

Serves 4

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon

    Italian seasoning

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons

    kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon

    garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon

    paprika

  • 4

    boneless, skinless chicken breasts (8 to 10 ounces each)

  • 1 tablespoon

    olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat an air fryer to 400°F or 425°F. Place 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon paprika in a small bowl and stir to combine.

  2. Coat 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over all sides of the chicken.

  3. Use tongs to transfer the chicken to the air fryer and place in a single layer, working in batches if needed. If air frying at 400°F, air fry for 15 minutes. Flip the chicken and air fry for 13 to 15 minutes more. Alternatively, air fry at 425°F for 10 minutes. Flip the chicken and air fry for 10 to 12 minutes more. The chicken is done when it registers 165°F on an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part.

  4. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.